September 21, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

Forgiveness: The Currency of Life

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Read along with Matthew 18:21-35.

 

In this audio recording, after a few seconds of delay (while I scurry from the pulpit to the choir loft!), you will first hear the choir's anthem of the day, "Go Forth for God" (choral setting by Todd Wilson) and featuring John Parker on the trumpet.

 

Sermon excerpt 

Forgiveness is part of the everyday currency of life, even outside the church. Not a day goes by that we don’t ask for forgiveness for something we have done wrong or grant forgiveness to someone who has done wrong to us. Giving and receiving forgiveness is just part of the messiness of staying in relationship together.

“Repeated forgiveness holds the community [of faith] together.”[1] All our sins for all time have been forgiven on the cross. As we have been forgiven, we are expected to forgive others.

 

[1] The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, study note on Matthew 18:21-35.

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September 12, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

Restoration

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Read along with Matthew 18:15-20

 

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The truth is this: the messiness, or brokenness, in one person tends to respond to the messiness and brokenness in another person as either water or gasoline. And only prayer, humility, and a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit can transform our fiery words into life-giving water.

Jesus intends for us to focus on restoring the wholeness of BOTH parties who are involved.[1]

It’s about restoring the messy but significant relationship that has been broken; a relationship which will continue to be messy but one that now has more depth because it is grounded in prayer and humility and a divine kind of love that so far exceeds a human kind of love.

[1] https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3392

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September 12, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

Heaping Burning Coals

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Read along with Romans 12:9-21

 

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“If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their head.”

One of these things is not like the others.

Heaping burning coals on someone’s head doesn’t sound like much of an act of kindness.

But when you think about waking up one morning to find that your fire has burned out and knowing how long it takes for a fire to burn down to the coal stage—which, if you’re even a casual S’more maker, you know is the best cooking stage—the thought of giving away some of your own coals IS an act of kindness.

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July 17, 2017 @ 3:55 pm

BOLD

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Read along with Acts 4:21-31

 

From "Roots: Who God Created Us to Be" (exploring the early church in the book of Acts) 

 

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Surely in their human frailty and sinfulness, Peter and John were at least a little bit scared to face the imposing group of religious authorities. David and Daniel’s friends and Esther and the widow probably were all a little scared too.

They all risked something in order to be bold—their reputation or their livelihood or their very lives. And in every case, it was worth it. Their courage and their boldness was fueled by the Spirit and the Word of God, a foundation which will never fail.

It makes me wonder: what does this kind of boldness look like today? Where are followers of Christ today being emboldened by the Spirit to stand up for something which pleases God even if it displeases the world around them? 

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July 14, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

Inter-dependence Day

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Read Matthew 10:40-42

 

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“We woke up this morning in a bed someone else made. We showered in water that some else delivered to our homes – [homes] which someone else built. We put on clothes that are the work of others’ hands; ate a meal someone else grew, harvested, shipped, [and] inspected ….  We got into cars … that others engineered, built and tested for safety” [and drove] along roads that others designed and maintain.[1]

As much as we cling to our fierce independence, the truth is … our lives are very much interdependent on the people around us and even on people we’ll never meet.

[1] http://sojo.net/print/127521

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July 14, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

Special Music: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

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Special music from July 2 Independence Day Worship Serivce with our friends from First Presbyterian Church (and others) who helped supplement the choir!

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July 14, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

Special Music: “I Pledge Allegiance”

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Special music from July 2 Independence Day Worship Serivce with our friends from First Presbyterian Church (and others) who helped supplement the choir!
 

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July 13, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

God Rested. (And so should you.)

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Read Genesis 2:1-3

 

Due to my clumsy audio editing, I cut off the end of the sermon! (Sorry!) Included below is the "sock-o finish" (which is what my grandather used to call his conclusion!). 

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Talking about Sabbath, author Dallas Willard notes, that command is “Do no work. Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don’t have to DO to BE. (Isn’t that lovely?) You don't have to DO to BE. Accept the grace of doing nothing. Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming.”[i]

Work is good but rest is holy. Unplugging, stepping back, and making time to be with God. If something in this box helps you do that, then go for it. If it’s something else, do that instead.

Abide in Christ, stay connected to the vine so that you will bear much fruit in your life and in the life of this community of faith. And remember the last lines of the passage from John: 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.  

[i] https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/94278-the-great-omission-reclaiming-jesus-s-essential-teachings-on-disciplesh

 

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June 14, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

It Was Good. (A sermon about work)

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Read Genesis 1:1-31

 

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Faithfully representing God at our jobs is hard work, but it is good work; it’s what we were created to do. And I suspect the writer of Genesis deliberately chose the word “dominion” rather than “domination” for our job description because it teaches us to serve rather than to dominate.

We are designed to act as if we ourselves have the same relationship of love with his creatures that God does.[1] And that means acting in the best interests of creation and all its inhabitants, in particular those whose lives touch ours: our customers, our colleagues or fellow workers, our patients, those for whom we work and those who work for us, and even those we meet casually in the course of our work.[2]

[1] https://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/genesis-1-11-and-work

[2] Ibid 

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June 5, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

Unmistakable Ways (A Pentecost sermon)

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Read along with the dramatic reading here.

(Actually ... this isn't included in the reading [oops] but its contents are referenced in the sermon so I thought you might like to read it anyway.) 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

The transformation that happens to the disciples is the very SAME kind of transformation that happens every time the Spirit gets ahold of someone. I’ve seen it happen myself in this church and in your life; I’ve seen the unmistakable ways the Spirit has been poured out in you. You have been transformed, just like those first disciples.

And today, on Pentecost, the day that started it all, is our chance to celebrate those “unmistakable ways” together. 

PS My brain must have been a jumble because I missed the first two paragraphs of my sermon in the recording too! I'll do better next week, I promise! 

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