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Nov. 3, 2019: “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”

The author of Hebrews writes about being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and running the race. On this Remembrance Sunday, Pastor Michael urges us to (1) remember our ancestors and how they encouraged us, (2) leave behind our regrets and mistakes, everything that stands in the way of running the race, and (3) run the race that is set before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus as we live the Christian faith. In this way we experience the peace of God. The sermon text is Hebrews 12:1-2; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Oct. 27, 2019: What does it mean to be humble?

Using Jesus’ story of a Pharisee and a tax collector going to the temple to pray, Pastor Jason talks about being humble. Does being humble mean that we are weak, or quite, or never getting our way? Pastor Jason suggests that Jesus offers a different vision of humility – a vision that can make us stronger. True humility means that we understand that our righteousness comes from God, and that we are constantly in need of God’s mercy. The sermon text is Luke 18:9-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Oct. 20, 2019: “With God All Things Are Possible.”

Rev. Annette Madison, guest preacher, tells the story of the rich man who asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. When told to sell all he has and give the money to the poor and come and follow Jesus, he goes away sad. What is it that keeps us from following Jesus? Is it material possessions? Or is it something else? The sermon text is Mark 10:17-31. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

Oct. 13, 2019: “Your Faith has Saved You”

Pastor Michael yields the pulpit to a guest speaker, Thankful Thaddeus. Thaddeus tells about his experience of being healed of leprosy by Jesus. He fell at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for being healed. Jesus told him to get up and go on his way and said, “Your faith has saved you.” Thaddeus concludes by asking us to be more grateful for all that God has done for us. The sermon text is Luke 17:11-19; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, Transition Minister, preaching.

Oct. 6, 2019: “Increase our Faith”

Pastor Michael preaches on faith and forgiveness. In today’s scripture, Jesus says that faith is powerful; if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, it will uproot all those things that stand between us and God. Jesus goes on to say that, if someone sins against you and then repents, you must forgive them. What would it mean for our church if we were to become a forgiving community? The sermon text is Luke 17: 1-6; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Sept. 29, 2019: The Lost-Coin Woman Mediates Between the Rich Man and Lazarus

Pastor Michael embellishes the parable of rich man and Lazarus by inserting a Mary into the story. Mary attempts to mediate between the rich man and Lazarus, but fails to resolve the conflict. Pastor Michael asks the questions: Who are the Lazaruses at the doors to our church? Who are our neighbors that have needs that are not being met? How can we use the resources of the church to minister to them? The sermon text is Luke 16:19-31; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Sept. 22, 2019: Dishonesty is the Best Policy

In this parable in Luke, it seems that Jesus is condoning dishonesty. Can that really be true? Listen to hear how our resident Biblical scholar, Pastor Michael, interprets this parable. The sermon text is Luke 16:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

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.