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July 23, 2017: “So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.”

Do you pull weeds in your yard? Isn’t weeding a good thing to do? After all, shouldn’t we eradicate invasive species? Jesus told the story of the master who noticed weeds growing among his crop of wheat. The workers ask if they should pull up and root out the weeds. But the master says, “No. Leave them alone.” Why? Shouldn’t they have yanked out the weeds? What was Jesus thinking? The sermon text is Matthew 13:24-30. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

July 16, 2017: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty.”

Pastor Mark preaches on creation spirituality and what it says about us as creatures created by God. We are part of God’s purpose and are sustained by God’s purpose. Even with all our faults and weaknesses, God’s grace sustains us because it is part of his purpose in creating the universe. Like fish in an ocean, we, as creatures created by God, swim in an ocean of grace. The sermon text is Isaiah 55:8-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

July 9, 2017: Two Are Better Than One

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Solomon informs us that “Two are better than one.” Many times this passage of scripture is used to relate to the husband and wife in a marriage covenant. But Pastor Jackie gives it a different spin; she discusses how it relates to the body of Christ for productive and effective discipleship. She asks the question, “In what ways can we realize this wisdom in our discipleship/ministry efforts?” The ensuing discussion by the congregation is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jackie Colbert preaching

July 2, 2017: “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

Pastor Mark preaches on the deeper biblical meaning of what it means to welcome one another: “To welcome another is to receive them as we would a gift, making them our own, and then reordering our lives to value the gift given. To receive another is to take another in so that they become part of our lives, bring to us a freshness, a perspective, a vitality, a richness that we would otherwise have not known.” Mark comments that our love for each other in our Christian community is one of our great riches, and it is not without its peril. The sermon text is Matthew 10:40-42. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 25, 2017: “For Whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, “Violence and Ruin!””

Like the prophet Jeremiah, Pastor Mark shouts out “Violence and Ruin”. Why? Because America is at war with America. Ours is a war on the poor. It is a war aimed at those 45 million people living below the poverty line. And we are all participants in this war. Will our conscience awaken to the responsibility to human life? The sermon text is Jeremiah 20:7-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 18, 2017: “…knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us …”

Pastor Mark preaches on suffering as portrayed by the apostle Paul. Paul teaches us that suffering produces endurance and that endurance produces character. Because of our suffering, will we become bitter, or better? And character produces hope. Our faith holds that in the mystery of God’s love we find hope. The sermon text is Romans 5:1-8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 11, 2017: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them …”

Pastor Mark preaches on the majesty of God’s creation and what it means for humans to have dominion over it; two different definitions of dominion lead to very different environmental consequences. The sermon text is Psalm 8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 4, 2017: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.”

What makes a church a church? The story of Pentecost provides an answer: When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place, but Pastor Mark declares that they were not a church; two matters were missing. Then God’s spirit intervened and set their souls ablaze, transforming them, empowering them, and giving them a sense of mission. And they were a church. The sermon text is Acts 2:1-21. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

May 28, 2017: “If you love me …”

Pastor Mark comments on the federal administration’s new proposal for the federal budget and its impact on the poor in light of Jesus’ teachings about love. The sermon texts are John 14:15-21 and Colossians 1:15-20. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

May 21, 2017: “Come follow me”, Jesus said…

Using the image of a labyrinth (click here to see the labyrinth), Pastor Mark traces the highs and lows of our faith journey as we follow Jesus. The sermon text is Mark 1:14-20. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

May 7, 2017: Rest for the Weary

How do we find rest from the stresses and strains of modern life? Julia Mueller, guest preacher, talks about the need for rest and renewal and offers some suggestions for how to find it. The sermon text is Matthew 11:28-30. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

April 30, 2017: “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus.”

Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, two of Jesus’ followers are walking along the road to Emmaus. It is seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus and it is all downhill. Jesus joins them, but they don’t recognize him until they stop for the night and Jesus breaks bread with them. How often do we travel the journey of life with Jesus accompanying us, and we don’t recognize him? When we experience disappointment in life and things seem to be heading downhill, how often do we fail to recognize Jesus accompanying us and offering comfort? What opens our eyes to the awesome God? Did you get a glimpse of Jesus, like the two on the road to Emmanus? The sermon text is Luke 24:13-35. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

April 23, 2017: “By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Pastor Mark preaches on the “doubting Thomas” who sticks his hand in Jesus’ spear wound and feels the very pulse of God and discovers that hope is still alive and beating. This story reveals to us the character of the Christian church. Ours is a living hope sustaining us and enabling us to give witness to the world of that living hope. The sermon texts are John 20:19-31 and 1 Peter 1:3-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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