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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.

Jan. 3, 2021: Reflections of Light

Pastor Tim preaches on the prologue to the gospel of John, in which the author writes of the Word that was with God, and was God, and became flesh and lived among us. John describes Jesus as the Light of the world; our role is to reflect that light into dark places. The sermon text is John 1:1-5, 10-14, 16-18; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Dec. 27, 2020: Christ Among Us

Pastor Tim interprets the story of Jesus being brought by Mary and Joseph to the temple to be presented to God. Simeon and Anna, who were in the temple, recognized that Jesus was special. They recognized that Jesus had been made in the image of God, and had been set apart for a divine purpose. Pastor Tim asks the question: What if we could look past a person’s present circumstances and truly see them as being created in the image of God? Created for a divine purpose? Might we then recognize Christ in each other? The sermon text is Luke 2:22-40; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Dec. 20, 2020: The Empire Strikes Back

Pastor Tim tells the story of the wise men coming from the east to pay homage to the baby Jesus. This story has been embellished over the centuries since the gospel of Matthew was written. Pastor Tim strips away the embellishments to get to the core of the story and what its message is for us today. The sermon text is Matthew 2:1-12; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Dec. 13, 2020: “Come and See”

On this third Sunday of Advent, Pastor Tim tells the story of the angels appearing to the shepherds and telling them of the birth of the Messiah. The shepherds are invited to come and see this new thing that God was doing. The Christmas story gives us hope for a better future, while challenging us to be involved in shaping that future. The sermon text is Luke 2: 8-20; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Dec. 6, 2020: Song from the Margins

On the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Tim preaches on the song of Mary, in which the power and the justice of God is celebrated. Her song depicts a God that remembers the lowly and cares for the needy and Mary indentifies herself with the lowly and oppressed. The author of Luke gave this song prominence to amplify the voices coming from the margins of society. Pastor Tim poses the question: How do we, as a church, amplify the voices of those at the margins of society? The sermon text is Luke 1:46-55. Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Nov. 29, 2020: “Hope in New Beginnings”

On this first Sunday in Advent, we look for hope. Pastor Tim preaches on finding hope in a time of turmoil and uncertainty, of a pandemic and racial strife. The sermon text is Isaiah 9:2-7; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Tim Schaefer, pastor, preaching.

Nov. 22, 2020: “As You Did it to One of the Least of These”

In his final sermon, our transitional pastor, the Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaches on the famous passage in the 25th chapter of Matthew. Michael asserts that this passage illustrates that love wins, laughter wins, and letting go wins. What does this passage have to do with laughter? Listen to find out. The sermon text is Matthew 25:31-36; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Nov. 15, 2020: “Enter into the Joy of Your Master”

In the parable of the talents, the faithful slaves were told to “Enter into the Joy of Your Master”. Pastor Michael invites us to enter into the joy of our master and identifies recent national events and developments in our church, as blessings for which we can rejoice. The sermon text is Matthew 25:14-30; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Nov. 8, 2020: “Keep Awake”

Pastor Michael provides a biblical analysis of the religious references in Joe Biden’s first speech to the nation as the President-Elect. The sermon text is Matthew 25:1-13; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

Nov. 1, 2020: “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses”

On this Remembrance Sunday, Pastor Michael talks about remembering a great cloud of witnesses, namely parents, grandparents, other loved ones, close friends who have died. 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. 25, 2020: “The Greatest Commandment”

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, He responded in essence with the familiar, “Love God and love your neighbor”. Pastor Michael elaborates primarily on what it means to love your neighbor. The sermon text is Matthew 22:34-40; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.