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Sept. 15, 2019: “So He Told Them This Parable.”

Jesus told parables as a way to communicate something about the kingdom of God. Pastor Jason discusses the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin. In applying these parables to our everyday lives, Jason asks, Who are the lost in our world? Who has been neglected by the church, marginalized by society, and made to feel that they are not welcome? Pastor Jason asserts that these are the people for whom the church exists, to whom it is being called by God. Pastor Jason notes a warning in this story of Jesus. Have we structured our churches, our worship, our lives in a way that works well for the people that Jesus would want us to spend time with? Or have we simply created things that work well for us? Pastor Jason reminds us that the church exists, in some significant part, for the people who are not yet part of it. The sermon text is Luke 15:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Sept. 8, 2019: Jesus’ Tough Talk

You want to be a disciple of Jesus? Jesus tells us in the scripture today what is required. For example, Jesus says that, to be a disciple, you must hate your parents, your siblings, your spouse. Wow! Pastor Michael explains that in Jesus’ time the word “hate” did not imply anger like it does today, but instead emotional separation or detachment. Michael boils Jesus’ message down to six words: “Disciples detach from relationships, from comfort, from possessions.” The sermon text is Luke 14:25-33; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional pastor, preaching.

Sept. 1, 2019: “When You Give a Banquet …”

Pastor Michael tells the story of Jesus giving instructions on how to behave at banquets and who to invite to banquets – to reach out to the poor, to those who are physically disabled. As we define our identity as a church in this time of transition, what is God calling us to do in terms of inviting the poor to the table? The sermon text is Luke 14:1,7-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, Transitional Minister, preaching.

Aug. 25, 2019: Jesus at Church

Jesus is in the synagogue on the sabbath when he heals a woman who had been afflicted for 18 years. The synagogue leader objects and quotes the rule that one should not do work on the sabbath. Pastor Jason asks the questions: What is our sabbath? What are our sacred rules that if we violate them, we cease to be who we are? How are those things preventing us from seeing the healing that is happening in our midst? What matters in this story is people being healed, that lives are being changed. Pastor Jason asks the question: What kind of church do we want to be? Do we want to be a church of healing, or one that focuses on preserving our sabbath rules, whatever they are. The sermon text is Luke 13:10-17; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, Minister of Community, preaching.

Aug. 18, 2019: “Not Peace but Division!”

Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to bring to peace to the earth, but no, I tell you, division!” We see divisions everywhere; it is a divisive time. As we consider divisions, we must also affirm the hope, the promise, of god who provides unity, love, and comfort. Pastor Michael goes on to apply this to divisions in our church. As we look at the reality of division, we also have to look at the hope, the unity, that brings us together. The sermon text is Luke 12:49-53. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, preaching.

Aug. 11, 2019: “Don’t Be Afraid”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid”, or, in other words, don’t allow fear to dominate your actions. Jesus offers three reasons for not being afraid. The first reason is that God is our shepherd; the second is that God is our loving parent, and the third is that God is our king. The sermon text is Luke 12:32-34; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, interim senior pastor, preaching.

July 28, 2019: “Teach Us to Pray”

Pastor Michael preaches on the elements of prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. The sermon text is Luke 11:1-13; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

July 21, 2019: “One Thing is Needful”

Based on the story of Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary – Martha complained because Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus – Pastor Michael preaches on the need to listen to God and the dynamic tension between ministry and listening to God. The sermon text is Luke 10:38-42; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

July 14, 2019: What Can We Do?

Pastor Jason preaches on the story of the Good Samaritan. Jason asks the question of why we so often fail to offer help when we see someone needing help, e.g. the homeless. He considers the question of what we can do in our modern lives to help those living on the streets and offers some suggestions of things we can do to help. Jason goes on to talk about how we act like the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan story and become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. To really be the Good Samaritan means addressing the reasons so many people wind up living on the streets in our city. The sermon text is Luke 10:25-37; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

June 30, 2019: “In his right mind”

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Legion, who is possessed by demons. After Jesus rids him of the demons, he is found sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and is in his right mind. Michael applies the story to the tendency of churches to go off-track during a time of transition, and offers some suggestions on how to stay on-track. The sermon text is Luke 8:26-39; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

June 23, 2019: Confessions of Repentant Parishioner

Carolyn Cross, guest preacher, talks about her faith journey and having an intimate love relationship with God. The sermon text is Ephesians 4:1-7, 29-32. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

June 16, 2019: “Justified by Faith”

In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, “We are justified by faith”. That means we are made right with God by our faith, and not because of what we do or don’t do, not because of living up to some standard that someone else wants to put upon us. We are loved by God, not because we are so great, but because God is great. Faith fills us with hope that we too will share in God’s glory. We have hope that the love of God will pierce the darkness of a chaotic world. The sermon text is Romans 5:1-5; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.