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Aug. 9, 2020: Rock on Water

Pastor Michael tells the story of the disciples being terrified in a windstorm on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus walking on the water to save them. He uses this story to illustrate the source of our power in the storm we are currently experiencing – the COVID pandemic. What is the source of our power? Pastor Michael points to the practice of prayer, a sense of God’s presence, and worship of our Lord. The sermon text is Matthew 14:22-33; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Aug. 2, 2020: J.C.’s All You Can Eat Fish Fry: Where What You Need is What You Get

Our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Paula Hall, tells the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Her recommendation is to eat at J.C.’s cafe; the menu has no bounds. Place your order with the Chef, but realize that you may not get what you order, but you will get what you need. Her thesis is that people have needs and J.C. specializes in knowing people’s needs and meeting those needs. The sermon text is John 6:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. Dr. Hall is the Assistant Pastor of Worship at Beloved Community Church UCC in Accokeek, Maryland.

July 26, 2020: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, a merchant, and a net”

Pastor Michael preaches on three parables in Matthew about the kingdom of heaven. These parables illustrate three characteristics of the kingdom of heaven: curiosity, kindness, and the kingdom of heaven costs all. The sermon text is Matthew 13:44-52; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

July 19, 2020: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed and yeast”

Pastor Michael preaches on the parables of the mustard seed and yeast. These parables characterize the sovereignty of God in this way: God’s rule starts small, grows tall, and permeates all. The sermon text is Matthew 13:31-35; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

July 12, 2020: “A sower went out to sow”

During this pandemic the parable of the sower calls us to cultivate an attitude of abundance instead of a mindset of scarcity, so proclaims Pastor Michael. We live in a world with a mindset of scarcity. But the Gospel tells us that there is enough to go around for everybody – enough resources, enough honor, enough love. Pastor Michael applies this parable to life in the midst of a pandemic and racism. The sermon text is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

July 5, 2020: “I will give you rest.”

Are you feeling weary and burdened? In today’s scripture Jesus says, “I will give you rest.” He also says, “Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy.” In the Old Testament and Jewish tradition, a yoke is a metaphor for a spiritual discipline. We experience God’s rest by taking on some form of spiritual discipline, which can be prayer, service, and worship. The sermon text is Matthew 11:25-30; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

June 28, 2020: “He bound his son Isaac”

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Abraham being commanded by God to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. What are we to make of this story? Pastor Michael makes two points. First, this story depicts a God much different than the God that Jesus knew, or that we find elsewhere in the Old Testament. This story calls us to exam the kind of God that we serve. Pastor Michael declares that God is not asking us to offer our children as a burnt offering, but that God wants us to offer ourselves as a burning offering – on fire for peace and justice. Second, the story of the binding of Isaac calls us to examine what we must do as followers of this God of Life. The sermon text is Genesis 22:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

June 21, 2020: “What troubles you, Hagar?”

Pastor Michael tells the story of Hagar, the slave woman who had a son by Abraham. She and her son are kicked out of the house and banished to the wilderness. God sees her plight and provides for her, just as He will for us. The sermon text is Genesis 21:8-21; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

June 14, 2020: “Sarah laughed.”

Pastor Michael tells the story of Sarah, the wife of Abraham, who laughed when God said that she would bear a son at the age of ninety. In these anxious times, Pastor Michael challenges us to laugh. Laughter offers us transcendence, community, and presence. Laughter de-centers us from ourselves and re-centers us on God. God invites us to laugh with Him at the absurdities of life and what He is doing in the world. The sermon text is Genesis 18:1-15; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

June 7, 2020: “In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”

On this Trinity Sunday, Pastor Michael describes three aspects of God: God is our creator, God is our redeemer, and God is our sustainer. The sermon text is Matthew 28:16-20; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 31, 2020: “… they were all together in one place …”

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Pentecost. Three symbols in this story catch our attention. First, there is the wind, which is the spirit of God being breathed into each believer. Pastor Michael relates this story to the tragic events in Minneapolis where George Floyd died because he could not breathe due to the police officer kneeling on his neck. Second, tongues of fire were on each of the believers. Third, the believers were confessing of the mighty works of God in many languages. We are called to continue that same activity, to kneel in confession that Jesus is Lord, to speak of what God is doing in the world. The sermon text is Acts 2:1-21; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 24, 2020: “… that they may be one.”

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ prayer in which he prays that his disciples might be one. The disciples’ oneness, and our oneness, comes from the oneness of Jesus with God. This oneness refers not to the disciples having one spirit or one will, but that they have one purpose, which is the salvation of the world. The sermon text is John 17:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 17, 2020: The Spirit of Truth: Jesus Abiding with Us in Love.

As Jesus prepares his disciples for his ascension, he leaves them with two words; one is a command and the other is a promise. The command is to love one another. The promise is that God will send the Holy Spirit. These words, which sustained the disciples in their transition, support and sustain us in our transitions today. The sermon text is John 14:15-21. The reading of the scripture in included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 10, 2020: “Let not your hearts be troubled”

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ farewell discourse. In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, our hearts are often troubled. But Jesus offers us the faithful heart, the heart that believes in God. He offers us a peaceful heart, a heart that is not afraid. We are dwelling in Jesus and Jesus is dwelling in us. The sermon text is John 14:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.