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Jan 19, 2019: “The Holy One of Israel … has chosen you”

Pastor Michael preaches on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a servant of the Lord, and declares that we, both individually and collectively, are servants of the Lord. The sermon text is Isaiah 49:1-7. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Jan. 12, 2020: “Sing to the Lord a New Song”

Pastor Jason discusses an ancient Jewish text that looks forward to Jesus. Jason proclaims that this text is a call to the church to bring forth justice, that God is in world all around us doing a new thing. Are we being responsive to the new thing that God is doing, or are we letting the ways we have always done things get in our way? The sermon text is Isaiah 42:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

Jan. 5, 2020: Arise, Shine; for Your Light Has Come!

Pastor Michael declares that it is time for us as peacemakers to rise and shine, for our light has come! We also need to see ourselves as hope-makers and proclaim that there is hope beyond our current situation. The sermon text is Isaiah 60:1-6; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 29, 2019: Testimony of Carols

Two parishioners are asked to select a favorite Christmas carol and tell us why it is especially meaningful to them. Bill Beaudreau talks about “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and Gwen Abramson tells us why she chose “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Dec. 24, 2019: Attentive Advent, Contemplative Christmas

On this Christmas Eve, Pastor Michael preaches that the Christmas story reminds us that God is sovereign, that God is in charge, and that, as Christians, we are on the side of history, the side of justice and liberation. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 22, 2019: Love Gives Me Hope

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Jason preaches on hope and love. Jason declares that, in this time of strive and conflict in our national politics and in our personal lives, we have reason to hold tight to hope. The birth of Jesus tells us that God sees our suffering and does not remain far off, but comes down and walks among us in the person of Jesus and shows us how to have hope. The hope that Jesus proclaims is the love that God has for each one of us. In this Advent season we say that we are preparing for Jesus coming. But didn’t he come two thousand years ago? What does it mean to say that he is coming in a few days? Pastor Jason offers three meanings for this. The sermon text is Isaiah 7:14-16 and Matthew 1:18-23; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

Dec. 15, 2019: “They Shall Obtain Joy and Gladness”

On this third Sunday of Advent, Pastor Michael is preaching on joy. God tells the Israelites in exile to not be afraid, and to rejoice as they return to their homeland. We have joy when Christ replaces fear and worry at the center of our lives. The sermon text is Isaiah 35:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 8, 2019: “The wolf shall live with the lamb.”

On the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Michael preaches on peace. The prophet Isaiah wrote of a peaceful world using the images of animals coexisting peacefully. The longing for peace is universal. We pray not only for peace in our world, but also for peace within our hearts. The sermon text is Isaiah 11:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Dec. 1, 2019: “They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares”

On this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Michael preaches on hope. Hope is an important value, a virtue that is cherished in the Christian congregation. We join with many others around the world as we hope for instruments of war to be turned into instruments of peace. We long for peace in the political world, we long for peace in the congregation, and we long for peace in our hearts. The sermon text is Isaiah 2:1-8; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Nov. 24, 2019: Forgiveness and Thankfulness

Jesus prayed, asking God to forgive those who crucified him. As Christians, we have the ability and the charge to pronounce God’s forgiveness to one another and to the world. Guilt and shame are destructive; they hinder us from growing and changing. Forgiveness is a pathway to thankfulness. As we accept God’s forgiveness and give up our guilt and shame, we become more thankful. The sermon text is Luke 23:33-43; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, Minister of Community, preaching.

Nov. 17, 2019: Your Money or Your Life 2.0

Pastor Michael tells the story of when Jesus was asked about whether they should pay taxes to Caesar or not. Using a coin to make his point, Jesus answers, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Since God is the creator, everything belongs to God. How then should a Christian treat his money? Pastor Michael offers a solution – mindful money management. The sermon text is Luke 20:20-26; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Nov. 10, 2019: Your Money or Your Life

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, and his relationship to money. Tax collectors had a reputation for being dishonest and cheating people, but if Zacchaeus cheated anyone, he paid back to them four times the amount. Zacchaeus was a many of abundance, yet he shared, he was generous. This is his money story. What is your money story? How do you live out your money story? John Wesley, founder of the Methodists, had a saying, “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” That is an excellent guide for all of us. The sermon text is Luke 19:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

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.