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Nov. 11, 2018: “But strive first for the kingdom of God …”

Taking off from the classic Abbott and Costello comedy routine, Pastor Mark asks the question, “Who’s on first?” Is God on first in your life? The sermon text is Matthew 6:25-34; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Nov. 4, 2018: “…since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, …”

On this Remembrance Sunday, Pastor Mark reflects on remembering those loved ones who have passed on. The sermon text is Hebrews 11:32-12:2. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 28, 2018: Mercy

Using the story of the blind beggar who asks Jesus to be merciful and restore his sight, Pastor Jason talks about asking God for mercy; it requires that we admit that we don’t have it all together, that we don’t have all the answers. Asking for God’s mercy can be life-changing. The sermon text is Mark 10:46-52; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Oct. 21, 2018: “A Mighty Fortress is our God…”

Pastor Mark reflects on Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God …” and what it means to him in his personal life and in his ministry. The sermon text is Psalm 46; the reading of the psalm is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 14, 2018: “Jesus looked at him carefully …”

Pastor Mark tells the story of the rich young ruler that asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all he has and give it to the poor. Rather than being about wealth, Mark gives this story a different interpretation. It is about whatever keeps you from loving more and more. The sermon text is Mark 10:17-31. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Oct. 7, 2018: One Flesh

Pastor Jason interprets the Genesis story of God creating woman to be a companion for man. The usual interpretation of this story is in terms of marriage, but Jason goes deeper and interprets this story as about all of us living together in equality, respecting each other, caring for each other, listening to each other and believing one another. The sermon text is Genesis 2:18-24. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Sept. 30, 2018: “… there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Pastor Mark preaches on the story of the Israelites becoming tired of having only manna to eat while traveling to the promised land. Mark then applies this story to our consumer society, how we consume far more of the world’s resources than is our fair share and the problems that creates for other countries and the sustainability of our planet. The sermon text is Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Sept. 23, 2018: The Art of Welcoming

Our guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield, Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Dr. Greenfield discusses greatness and what it means to be welcoming. The sermon text is Mark 9:30-37. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

Sept. 16, 2018:

Due to technical difficulties, the worship service was not recorded.

Sept. 9, 2018: Puddleglum

Pastor Jason uses the story of Puddleglum from the Narnia series to illustrate how he lives out his faith in a world that is sometimes hostile to what he believes. The resulting discussion by the congregation focuses on what makes it hard for us to talk about our faith, or to tell someone about our church. The sermon text is Hebrews 11:1, 8-16. The reading of the scripture and the discussion by the congregation are included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Sept 2, 2018: “If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts …“

Pastor Mark preaches on the effects of words and the harm they can do, even in the Christian communities we call churches. He asserts that unbridled tongues are far more damaging than sticks or stones; learning to bridle our tongues is an essential Christian practice. Mark draws a parallel between schools (as the environment in which children are taught reading, writing, and arithmetic) and the church of Jesus Christ as the school of love. The sermon text is James 1:17-27. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Aug. 26, 2018: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

The congregation was invited to submit questions to the pastor before the worship service. Pastor Mark then addressed those questions during his sermon. Listen to see if the congregation stumped the pastor! The sermon text is I Corinthians 1:27-2:5; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Aug. 19, 2018: The Wisdom in Asking for Wisdom

Solomon could have asked God for anything: money, food, an army. But he didn’t. He asked God for wisdom. Pastor Jason leads us in a conversation about the wisdom of that choice. The sermon text is 1 Kings 3:3-14. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Aug. 12, 2018: “…he asked that he might die, saying, ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life…’ “

Pastor Mark illustrates the problem of depression and suicide with the story of Elijah dealing with his depression. Elijah is finished with life, but God is not finished with Elijah. An angel came and touched Elijah. In the midst of depression one cannot see the light, but there is Another holding your hand who can and does see both you and the light. There is a light which no darkness can overcome, a love which will never let us go. The sermon text is I Kings 19:4-8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.