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March 10, 2019: Comfort, Power and Status: why we want them and what we do to get them.

Pastor Jason tells the story of the devil tempting Jesus at the start of his ministry, offering him an easy path to comfort, power, and status. How do we pursue comfort, power, and status? What are we tempted to serve or to give away to achieve comfort, power, and status? What is pulling us away from worshipping God? The sermon text is Luke 4:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

March 3, 2019: Listen to Jesus

Pastor Michael tells the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, where God says, “This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to Him!”. Pastor Michael’s thesis is that we listen to Christ when we listen to one another. But true listening is a difficult skill, so how do we do it? Pastor Michael offers some suggestions for the process of listening. The sermon text is Luke 9:28-36. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

Feb. 24, 2019: Sermon on the Plain: “Love Your Enemies”

“Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who abuse you; to him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also…”; with these ideas and more, Jesus continues to describe the kingdom of God as turning upside down the prevailing values of the day. By satirizing the prevailing culture, Jesus is subverting it. The sermon text is Luke 6:27-38; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

Feb. 17, 2019: Sermon on the Plain: Blessings and Woes

The Sermon on the Plain is Luke’s counterpart to Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. Unlike the Sermon on the Mount, in this sermon Jesus delivers both blessings to the poor and woes to the wealthy. In the Sermon on the Plain Jesus turns upside down the prevailing values of the day concerning poverty and wealth. The sermon text is Luke 6:17-26; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Feb. 10, 2019: “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

Starting with the story of Jesus calling Simon, James, and John to leave their fishing behind and to become Jesus’ disciples, Pastor Jason discusses what it means to be called by God. How do we know when God is calling us? Does God call only special people, e.g. the clergy? Or does he call each of us all the time? If so, how do we discern God’s call? The sermon text is Luke:5:1-11. The sermon is followed by a discussion time with the congregation; this discussion is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Feb. 3, 2019: Mad About Mission

Using the story of Jesus preaching in Nazareth, Pastor Michael talks about the importance of the church having an understanding of its mission. Our church’s mission, or purpose, is printed in our church bulletin each Sunday. Some questions: Is this statement fair? Does it truly describe our church? Does it need to be revised? What is our church sent to do, and to what extent is it doing that? In this interim period between senior pastors, it is important for the church to review its mission. The sermon text is Luke 4:21-30. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Jan. 27, 2019: Jesus’ Inaugural Address

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ inaugural address in the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of his ministry. The sermon text is Luke 4:14-21. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, intentional interim minister, preaching.

Jan. 20, 2019: “Let justice roll”

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, we are reminded that, in the Christian faith, social justice is closely related to spirituality. Our spirituality informs our ethics and our sense of social justice shapes our faith. One cannot separate them. This connection between social justice and spirituality was clearly evident in the life of Dr. King and of the prophets. Quoting from the prophet Amos, Dr. King proclaimed, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.” On this Martin Luther King Sunday we reaffirm our commitment to both justice and righteousness. The sermon text is Amos 5:18-24; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, intentional interim minister, preaching.

Jan. 13, 2019: “You are Beloved”

Our new intentional interim minister, the Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, preaches on the story of the baptism of Jesus. His main point: know that you are loved by God. The sermon text is Luke 3:15-22. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

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.