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Jan. 6, 2019: ISTJ

The Rev. Carolyn Dugan, guest preacher, talks about personality styles, management styles, and how we respond to God’s grace and the mystery of Christ. In the Christian community all are within the circle of Divine Love and the Spirit works in ways that often conflict with the values of the corporate world. The sermon text is Ephesians 3:1-12; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

Dec. 30, 2018: Testimonials of Carols

On this first Sunday after Christmas, three lay persons talk about the Christmas carol most meaningful to them. Lenore Coberly tells of her family traditions and a story about “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, Linda Stamm introduces us to the music of the Avalon group and the song, “Light a Candle” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=6K2ocj4BvUQ), and Rhiannon Tibbetts shares with us why “Silent Night” is meaningful to her. After each speaker, the congregation sings the song being discussed.

Dec. 24, 2018: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

The prophets foretold of the coming of a king who promised peace and justice. Pastor Jason reminds us of the promise of Jesus’ birth, that one day power would be given to the powerless, hope to the hopeless and sight to the blind. The message of Christmas is hope – hope that the kingdom the Christ child came to lead is happening, and will continue to happen. The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. And we can be part of that bending. The sermon text is Isaiah 9:2-7. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Dec. 23, 2018: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”

Pastor Jason preaches on God’s promise that Jesus’ birth brings to us. The sermon text is Luke 1:46-55. The reading of the scripture and the singing of the hymn, “My soul gives glory to my God” as a response to the sermon are included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Dec. 16, 2018: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”

Pastor Jason reminds us that every Sunday is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Think about what it could do in our lives, if every Sunday we remember Jesus’ resurrection, and celebrate the good news that death is defeated, that love wins. How might that change your life? The sermon texts are Zephaniah 3:14-17 and Philippians 4:4-7. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Dec. 9, 2018: “… you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways”

Using the story of John the Baptist, Pastor Jason preaches about our role of pointing people to peace through Jesus. Evangelism in our pluralistic world is tricky, but it is mostly a matter of presence. Be present, be kind, and be ready to give an answer as to what brings you peace. Second, Pastor Jason reminds us that, like John the Baptist calling people to repentance, we are to call people to repentance. This is hard because so many of our brothers and sisters have been doing this so wrong for so long. As progressive Christians we have to reclaim our moral voice, rooted in our faith and coming from our thousands of years of tradition and moral authority. We need to find our voice again, not to point ourselves, but to better point to Jesus. The sermon text is Luke 1:76-79. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Dec. 2, 2018: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

Pastor Jason asks us to think about who it is we want to be. Jason focuses on our relationship with God and urges us to care for our own souls as we work to carry out God’s will in the world. The sermon text is Psalm 25:1-10. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Nov. 25, 2018: “My kingdom is not of this world.”

As we approach the advent season, Pastor Jason reminds us of the end of the story of Jesus’ ministry. Just before being crucified, Jesus declares that his kingdom is not of the this world. Pastor Jason notes that the kingdom of God is not dependent on the systems and powers of this world. It is not dependent on any government, nor can it be stopped by any government. The kingdom of God is not dependent on us, so take a breath and relax. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Do we want to live in the broken world that is here now, or do we want to live in the hope of the kingdom to come?” The sermon text is John 18:33-37. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Nov. 18, 2018: “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Jesus Christ.”

On this Thanksgiving Sunday, and on the occasion of Pastor Mark’s retirement, Pastor Mark preaches on giving thanks. Giving thanks turns us inside out and we find a larger world, the world offering its bounty, family, friends, community, and ultimately God. How much larger our world becomes when we engage in thanks giving and gratitude. Mark concludes by giving thanks to the congregation for the privilege of being our pastor for the last 28 years. The sermon text is I Corinthians 1:3-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Nov. 11, 2018: “But strive first for the kingdom of God …”

Taking off from the classic Abbott and Costello comedy routine, Pastor Mark asks the question, “Who’s on first?” Is God on first in your life? The sermon text is Matthew 6:25-34; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Nov. 4, 2018: “…since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, …”

On this Remembrance Sunday, Pastor Mark reflects on remembering those loved ones who have passed on. The sermon text is Hebrews 11:32-12:2. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 28, 2018: Mercy

Using the story of the blind beggar who asks Jesus to be merciful and restore his sight, Pastor Jason talks about asking God for mercy; it requires that we admit that we don’t have it all together, that we don’t have all the answers. Asking for God’s mercy can be life-changing. The sermon text is Mark 10:46-52; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Oct. 21, 2018: “A Mighty Fortress is our God…”

Pastor Mark reflects on Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God …” and what it means to him in his personal life and in his ministry. The sermon text is Psalm 46; the reading of the psalm is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 14, 2018: “Jesus looked at him carefully …”

Pastor Mark tells the story of the rich young ruler that asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all he has and give it to the poor. Rather than being about wealth, Mark gives this story a different interpretation. It is about whatever keeps you from loving more and more. The sermon text is Mark 10:17-31. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 7, 2018: One Flesh

Pastor Jason interprets the Genesis story of God creating woman to be a companion for man. The usual interpretation of this story is in terms of marriage, but Jason goes deeper and interprets this story as about all of us living together in equality, respecting each other, caring for each other, listening to each other and believing one another. The sermon text is Genesis 2:18-24. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.