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Oct. 18, 2020: “Render unto Caesar”

Pastor Michael asserts that we belong to God, and all that we do flows from that sense of divine belonging. We also belong to the state, and our relationship to the state is grounded in our relationship to God. The sermon text is Matthew 22:15-22; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Oct. 11, 2020: “Many are called, but few are chosen”

Pastor Michael preaches on the parable of the wedding feast, as portrayed in Matthew. The version of this parable in Matthew is full of violence, while the version in Luke doesn’t. The first century, like our 21st century, is full of violence. The kingdom of heaven offers a challenge to that; Jesus challenges us to look at our situation and compare it to the kingdom of God. The king sent slaves to call people to come to the wedding feast. God is calling us to a life of love, peace, freedom, and forgiveness. Do you hear God calling? Michael’s third point: being chosen counts. God, in his sovereignty, is the chooser. Man proposes, but God disposes. The sermon text is Matthew 22:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Oct. 4, 2020: “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”

On this World Communion Sunday, Pastor Michael preaches on unity in the Christian church. First, the worship of one Lord can heal our broken humanity. Second, our faith can heal our broken relationships with other people, other religions, and other groups. Our faith in God listens to others, our faith opens us up to others. Third, in baptism we are drawn into one Lord and one faith. The sermon text is Ephesians 4:1-6; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Sept. 27, 2020: Question Authority

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Jesus’ authority being questioned by religious authorities of the day. Pastor Michael interprets this story in terms of power. We question authority in order to spread power around to all the people and using our power to create a just and equitable society. The sermon text is Matthew 21:23-32; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Sept. 20: “The Last Will Be First”

The Rev. Tim Schaefer, guest preacher, discusses the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. The dominant interpretation of this parable associates the vineyard with Israel and the landowner with God, so the parable is about salvation. Tim proposes a different interpretation that focuses on the real life implications for the here and now. Tim raises the question of whether Jesus is talking about real world economic justice in this parable. Is Jesus challenging our ideas about economic fairness? Should we put more attention on the needs of the most economically vulnerable? Tim does not offer answers, but suggests that we should be discomforted by this parable. The sermon text is Matthew 20:1-16; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer preaching.

Sept. 13, 2020: Forgiving One Another

Do you hold grudges and have trouble forgiving people who offended you? Jesus addresses this in the parable of the unmerciful servant. The message is clear; we should forgive others, as God has already forgiven us. The forgiving lifestyle is a choice. The sermon text is Matthew 18:21-35; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Sept. 6, 2020: Dealing with Conflict

Pastor Michael preaches on conflict resolution in the church. He asserts that a healthy congregation addresses conflict well and an unhealthy congregation addresses conflict poorly. He offers three points about addressing conflict well. They are: (1) triangulation is strangulation, (2) the “I”s have it, and (3) Christ means conflict confronted. What does Pastor Michael mean by all this? Listen in and find out. The sermon text is Matthew 18: 15-20; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 30, 2020: Jesus and Peter Continue to Call Each Other Names

This week we look at the story of Jesus predicting his suffering, death, and resurection. Pastor Michael asserts that the crux of Christian existence is found in how one relates to suffering, both one’s own suffering and the suffering of others. Does it draw one closer to God, or does it push one away? The sermon text is Matthew 16:21-28; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 23, 2020: Jesus and Peter Call One Another Names

Pastor Michael tells the story of Jesus and Peter engaging in name-calling of the best kind. Pastor Michael offers an offbeat interpretation of this story; we are to be name-callers, calling people by their rightful names, and calling out the good things that we see people doing. The sermon text is Matthew 16:13-20. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 16, 2020: A Woman Matches Wits With Jesus

Pastor Michael tells the story of a Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus turned her down, but the woman was focused on Jesus as healer, was persistent, and was witty in responding to Jesus’ refusal. Her great faith won Jesus over. Pastor Michael declares that we should be persistent in calling out the demon of racism in our society and in ourselves. The sermon text is Matthew 15:21-28. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 9, 2020: Rock on Water

Pastor Michael tells the story of the disciples being terrified in a windstorm on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus walking on the water to save them. He uses this story to illustrate the source of our power in the storm we are currently experiencing – the COVID pandemic. What is the source of our power? Pastor Michael points to the practice of prayer, a sense of God’s presence, and worship of our Lord. The sermon text is Matthew 14:22-33; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 2, 2020: J.C.’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry: Where What You Need is What You Get

Our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Paula Hall, tells the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Her recommendation is to eat at J.C.’s cafe; the menu has no bounds. Place your order with the Chef, but realize that you may not get what you order, but you will get what you need. Her thesis is that people have needs and J.C. specializes in knowing people’s needs and meeting those needs. The sermon text is John 6:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. Dr. Hall is the Assistant Pastor of Worship at Beloved Community Church UCC in Accokeek, Maryland.

July 26, 2020: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, a merchant, and a net”

Pastor Michael preaches on three parables in Matthew about the kingdom of heaven. These parables illustrate three characteristics of the kingdom of heaven: curiosity, kindness, and the kingdom of heaven costs all. The sermon text is Matthew 13:44-52; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

July 19, 2020: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed and yeast”

Pastor Michael preaches on the parables of the mustard seed and yeast. These parables characterize the sovereignty of God in this way: God’s rule starts small, grows tall, and permeates all. The sermon text is Matthew 13:31-35; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.