August 26, 2018 Sermon — “Trust Fund”

Psalm 146 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;     I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3 Do not put your trust in princes,     in mortals, in whom there is no help. 4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;     on that very…

October 29, 2017 Sermon

John 5:30-47 30 ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 ‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I…

“Top of the Pyramid” Sermon of August 13, 2017

John 1:19-34 19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He…

January 15, 2017 Sermon — “Sitting in Time Out”

    Mark 1:9-15  9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my…

Christmas Party Sunday: December 6th

Dear friends and members of Emmanuel Church, This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent.  The church is all decorated.  The choir has prepared Advent anthems and the sermon is based on Luke 3 (John the Baptist) and called “Flash Crash.”  Worship is at 10:15 a.m. After worship, we have the annual Christmas party.  Bring…

Sermon of December 7, 2014–“Things That Make For Peace”

Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The…

Sermon of October 5, 2014–“Jesus: The Lamb of God”

Matthew 21:33-46 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his…

Sermon of January 13, 2013–“Somebody’s Calling My Name”

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 3:15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 3:16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the…

Sermon of December 16, 2012–“Worst-Dressed List”

Luke 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah…

Sermon of December 9, 2012–“Reading the Introduction”

Luke 1:68-79 68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies and…

Sermon of September 16, 2012–“The Greatest Question”

Mark 8:27-38 8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  8:28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  8:29 He asked them, “But who do…

Sermon for Sunday January 8–“Throw the Book At Them!”

Sunday’s worship was very powerful. We began with the Ordination and Installation of the New Consistory members. We then had a re-affirmation of Baptism based on the New Year’s Covenant Service of John Wesley. We ended the service with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Baptism was the theme around which the sermon was crafted….