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April 4, 2021: Come As You Are

Upon learning of the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples had different reactions. Today’s scripture suggests that there is not just one way to react to the empty tomb. Each of us comes to Easter from different places in our faith journey, and with different live experiences. Pastor Tim asserts that this is O.K. Regardless of how we come to Easter, Jesus invites each one of us to come as we are and to find hope, transformation, and new life. The sermon text is John 20: 1-18; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

March 28, 2021: Where Joy and Sorrow Meet

On this Palm Sunday, Pastor Tim preaches on two contrasting stories – the Palm text which features the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the Passion text which foreshadows the crucifixion of Jesus and the final days of Jesus’ life. As Christians we are called to deal with the good and the bad. We can’t have the Palm Sunday experience without the Passion Sunday experience; we can’t have the resurrection without the crucifixion. The two are inextricably linked. Two important lessons for us as a community of faith – first, we should appreciate both the good and the bad in life – the highs and the lows. Second, we have to focus simultaneously on personal acts of kindness towards each other and public care for those who are struggling. As Christians we have to learn to live in that space of tension where joy and sorrow meet. The sermon text is Mark 11:1-11; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim schaefer, pastor, preaching.

March 21, 2021: “Whoever Serves Me”

At the end of Jesus’ public ministry, some Greeks asked to see Jesus. Jesus replied, “Whoever serves me must follow me”. Pastor Tim uses this story to talk about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and to welcome those who want to serve Jesus alongside us. The sermon text is John 12:20-33; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

March 14, 2021: Look Up and Live

Pastor Tim preaches on the story of the Israelites, after their escape from Egypt, encountering deadly snakes on the way to the promised land. God tells Moses to put a bronze snake on a pole and to instruct the Israelites to look at the bronze snake if they are bitten by a snake. The Israelites face danger all around them. God does not take away the threats, but He provides a beacon of hope. Pastor Tim’s message: Don’t become so focused with the threats on the ground that you are overcome with your situation. Instead, look up and deal with the very thing that is troubling you. The sermon text is Numbers 21:4-9; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

March 7, 2021: “Love God, Love Neighbor”

Pastor Tim proposes his updated “ten commandments” for the 21st century. The sermon text is Exodus 20:1-17; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Feb. 28, 2021: “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me”

Jesus tells those who would follow him to, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me”. Pastor Tim asks us to consider what that means to each us individually, and as a church, in the 21st century. The sermon text is Mark 8:31-38; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Feb. 21, 2021: God of the Rainbow

Pastor Tim uses the story of Noah and the flood, along with an ancient Mesopotamian story of a flood, to talk about suffering, a loving God, and creation. A question commonly asked is, “How could a loving God be responsible for such evil?” Pastor Tim suggests that, perhaps the flood story is not about divine punishment, but rather is a warning of the natural consequences of humanity’s careless behavior. God’s covenant with Noah requires us to recommit to our role as caretakers of creation. The sermon text is Genesis 9:8-17; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Feb. 14, 2021: The Mountaintop

On this Transfiguration Sunday, Pastor Tim preaches on Jesus’ mountaintop experience. Rather than focusing on the visual aspects of the story, which is temporary, Pastor Tim proposes that we consider the story as a spiritual metamorphosis that persists. Jesus is transformed in a profound way through his mountaintop experience. Tim asks the questions: What has our mountaintop experience been? What would it take for the church to be the mountaintop where we can all be closer to God and be transformed? The sermon text is Mark 9:2-9; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor preaching.

Feb. 7, 2021: “Go and Do Likewise”

Pastor Tim preaches on discipleship. As illustrated by Jesus in his ministry discipleship requires not only words, but also action. Jesus is telling us, “Go and do likewise”. The sermon text is Mark 1:29-39; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Jan. 31, 2021: Whatever You Do …

The author of the letter to the Colossians advised us, “Whatever you do, do it through your words and deeds, and do it in the name of Jesus.” Pastor Tim describes this as a characteristic of discipleship. Being a disciple of Jesus means working towards the kingdom of God in the here and now to make the world a more equitable place. The sermon text is Mark 1: 21-28; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Jan. 24, 2021: The Cost of Discipleship

Using the story of Jesus walking the shore of the Sea of Galilee and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor Tim preaches on the cost of discipleship. He concludes with the questions: What does discipleship mean to us? How will we follow the example of Jesus and fight for the liberation of others? What costs are we willing to bear as disciples? The sermon text is Mark 1:14-20; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Jan. 17, 2021: “Come and Follow”

On this weekend in which we celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor Tim preaches on the Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community. How does one build the beloved community? Pastor Tim reminds us that our awareness and experience of God takes place in community. In community we experience the divine call of God. True discipleship requires us to share our call with others and for others to share their call and experiences with us. The sermon text is John 1:43-51; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Jan. 10, 2021: Remembering Our Baptism

Using the story of Jesus’ baptism, Pastor Tim calls us to remember our own baptism and what it signifies. It is not enough to ask who Jesus is, but we also have to ask, “How can we follow Jesus?” How does our baptism change our minds about the world around us, and how we participate in it? The sermon text is Mark 1:4-11; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.