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March 22, 2020: “You are light.”

Pastor Michael preaches on being a light to the world in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The sermon text is Ephesians 5:8-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 8, 2020: “That the promise may rest on grace”

Pastor Michael continues his Lenten series on grace abounding in community. Michael tells the story of the promise that God made to Abraham and Sarah to become the ancestral father and mother of Judaism, Islam, and the Christian faiths. This promise was based on grace, which is the unmerited favor of God. Michael declares that grace abounds all around us, calling us to respond. How are you responding to that grace? The sermon text in Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 1, 2020: “Grace abounded all the more.”

Pastor Michael preaches on grace, which can be defined as the unmerited favor of God. Michael asserts that: (1) grace abounds in Jesus Christ, (2) grace abounds here at First Baptist Church, and (3) grace abounds as we celebrate communion. The sermon text is Romans 5:12-21; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Feb. 23: “Get up and do not be afraid.”

Pastor Jason preaches on the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. Jesus, with Peter, James, and John, goes up to the mountaintop where he is visited by Moses and Elijah. Moses is symbolic of the Law and Elijah is symbolic of the prophets; Jesus is being introduced to us as the third major movement of the Jewish story. The disciples were in awe and proposed to build booths to commemorate this experience. But God interrupts them and tells them to listen to Jesus. After this mountaintop experience Jesus starts heading towards Jerusalem and the cross, where things get a lot tougher for Jesus and his disciples. The sermon text is Matthew 17:1-9; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

Feb. 16, 2020: “Choose Life” (This is NOT an anti-abortion sermon.)

Pastor Michael preaches on Moses’ farewell address where he admonishes the Israelites to choose life over against death. We choose life in three different ways: (1) it means to choose the people, to choose life in community; (2) it also means to choose love, which is to say that we choose to treat people as family, doing justice to one another; and (3) we choose the land, which means that we love the planet. Indeed, we care for the earth by caring for one another, and we care for one another by caring for the earth. The sermon text is Deuteronomy 30:15-20; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Feb. 2, 2020: “What does the Lord require of you?”

Micah’s answer to the question of what the Lord requires of us is (1) to do justice, (2) to love kindness, and (3) to walk humbly with God. Pastor Michael asks us to look at the world, to look at the church, to look in our hearts, and determine where we are actually doing justice, and not just talking justice. The sermon text is Micah 6:1-8; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional pastor, preaching.

Jan. 26, 20120: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

A theme throughout the Bible is that the life of faith is a life of light, a life of joy, a life of peace. Pastor Michael tells the story of the prophets declaring the judgment of God, but also bringing this hope to the people of Israel. The sermon text is Isaiah 9:2-7; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Jan 19, 2019: “The Holy One of Israel … has chosen you”

Pastor Michael preaches on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a servant of the Lord, and declares that we, both individually and collectively, are servants of the Lord. The sermon text is Isaiah 49:1-7. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Jan. 12, 2020: “Sing to the Lord a New Song”

Pastor Jason discusses an ancient Jewish text that looks forward to Jesus. Jason proclaims that this text is a call to the church to bring forth justice, that God is in world all around us doing a new thing. Are we being responsive to the new thing that God is doing, or are we letting the ways we have always done things get in our way? The sermon text is Isaiah 42:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

Jan. 5, 2020: Arise, Shine; for Your Light Has Come!

Pastor Michael declares that it is time for us as peacemakers to rise and shine, for our light has come! We also need to see ourselves as hope-makers and proclaim that there is hope beyond our current situation. The sermon text is Isaiah 60:1-6; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 29, 2019: Testimony of Carols

Two parishioners are asked to select a favorite Christmas carol and tell us why it is especially meaningful to them. Bill Beaudreau talks about “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and Gwen Abramson tells us why she chose “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Dec. 24, 2019: Attentive Advent, Contemplative Christmas

On this Christmas Eve, Pastor Michael preaches that the Christmas story reminds us that God is sovereign, that God is in charge, and that, as Christians, we are on the side of history, the side of justice and liberation. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 22, 2019: Love Gives Me Hope

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Jason preaches on hope and love. Jason declares that, in this time of strive and conflict in our national politics and in our personal lives, we have reason to hold tight to hope. The birth of Jesus tells us that God sees our suffering and does not remain far off, but comes down and walks among us in the person of Jesus and shows us how to have hope. The hope that Jesus proclaims is the love that God has for each one of us. In this Advent season we say that we are preparing for Jesus coming. But didn’t he come two thousand years ago? What does it mean to say that he is coming in a few days? Pastor Jason offers three meanings for this. The sermon text is Isaiah 7:14-16 and Matthew 1:18-23; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.