“The Kingdom Calls for Detachment” –Sermon of February 3, 2019

Matthew 6:7-34 “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven,     hallowed be…

Sermon of January 27, 2019 — “The Kingdom Calls for Charity”

Matthew 5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 “Blessed are…

Sermon of January 13, 2019 — “Feasting in the Forest”

Matthew 3:1-17 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord,    make straight paths for him.’”[a 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s…

“Recycled Wrapping Paper” Sermon of December 30, 2018

Matthew 1:1-17 An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah,[b the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and…

Sermon of December 9, 2018 — “For Such a Time As This”

Esther 4 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went through the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry; 2 he went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 In every province, wherever…

Sermon of December 2, 2018 — “Faith as a Way of Life”

Habakkuk, Selected Verses: The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,    and you will not listen?Or cry to you “Violence!”    and you will not save?3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing    and look at trouble?Destruction and violence are before me;    strife and contention arise.4 So the law becomes slack    and justice never prevails.The wicked…

Sermon of October 14, 2018 — “Reminder Notice”

Joshua 24:1-15 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond…

Sermon of September 30, 2018 — “Rough Road Ahead”

Exodus 14, selected verses:   5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the minds of Pharaoh and his officials were changed toward the people, and they said, “What have we done, letting Israel leave our service?” 6 So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him; 7 he took six…