November 13, 2018
**This funeral message was given after one of our church family took her own life. This is shared in hope that it might help others struggling with suicide or the suicide of a family member. The names have been removed for family privacy, (so there are a few gaps in the audio). We, along with many others urge those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts to reach out to someone and ask for help--a pastor, teacher, mentor, friend, counselor. There IS HOPE, though depression can often cloud us from seeing it. Do not be ashamed to ask for help. The Lord be with you!**
Key passages used in our pastoral counseling were Isaiah 42:3 and Romans 6:11.
November 13, 2018
Sermon on Isaiah 51:9-16, for the 24th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about waiting on God's action, crying out for His deliverance. How has God come through in the past? How does that inform our faith (trust) facing the future? What is the reward of those who wait on Him? When does it feel as though God is asleep? Is the Lord's arm ever shortened?
August 20, 2018
Sermon on Isaiah 29:17-24, for the 12th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr lectionary), about Isaiah's prophecy of great reversals that would happen in God's kingdom, and how this prophecy finds fulfillment in Jesus' ministry. How do we recognize injustice? What does God do about it?
February 5, 2018
Sermon on Isaiah 55:10-13 & Luke 8:4-15, for Sexagesima "Sixty" (1 Yr Lectionary), about the power and effectiveness of God's Word to accomplish His intended purpose. What truth from nature does Isaiah use to make his point? How does God's Word work, and why does it never return empty? What kind of growth does God desire and produce in us?
December 18, 2017
Sermon on Isaiah 40:1-8, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about the Double Comfort spoken by Isaiah the prophet--who receives it, who refuses it, and what the messenger in the wilderness is doing. What are the obstacles to God's entry? Why is God entering, and what is the significance of the doubling of comfort, punishment, or other doublings in various passages?
June 16, 2017
Sermon on Isaiah 6:1-7, for Trinity Sunday, 1 Year Lectionary, about Isaiah's terrifying encounter with the Holiness of the Living God, and how God mercifully intervened to atone for the sins of Isaiah. What existential crisis faced Isaiah, Israel, and faces us? How does God resolve this, in light of His holiness? What does the image of fire relate to us concerning God's holiness?
May 8, 2017
Sermon on Isaiah 40:25-31, for the 4th Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary, Jubilate (Shout for Joy!) Sunday. A sermon about God's conversation with His people about how He is an incomparable God (starting back in verse 9) and the immeasurable greatness of His creation and our inability to comprehend it all or to judge or advise Him. How many stars are in the universe? Why is this significant, and what does it have to do with God's care for us? Why is it an ancient thought to think that God has forgotten us? What is His response? How does He lift us up as on eagle's wings?
January 11, 2016
Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, for the Baptism of Our Lord, about the significance of Jesus entering the waters of Baptism, what it meant for His mission and purpose, what it means for us, and what John meant by Jesus will baptize with Spirit and with fire. What is Jesus role in both judgment and salvation? What did the prophet Isaiah say of this in chapters 42-43?
November 23, 2015
Sermon on Isaiah 51:4-6, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about how God's justice would stand as a light for the peoples, and how God brings His justice into the world. What is the difference between human forms of justice and God's? Why do earthly hopes of peace and justice disappoint us, while God's will prevail? How did Jesus perfectly display God's justice?
January 5, 2015
Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, for Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men. Why did they come, and what kind of king and kingdom did they discover when they came? Jesus is King for all people.
December 18, 2014
Sermon for Advent 3 Midweek, about fears and worries about losing memory, or wanting to forget hardships but being unable--and the comfort of knowing what God forgets and remembers. The following readings are incorporated into the sermon: Psalms 9 & 25, Isaiah 49:15-16, and Luke 12:4-7.
December 4, 2014
Sermon on forgetting and remembering, a continuation of Sunday's theme, for Advent 1 midweek services. How God's people forget about Him, His mighty works and His commands; and how God remembers His people and His covenant, and reminds us.
December 1, 2014
Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9 for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about the seeming hiddenness of God at times in our lives, wrestling with the burdens of sin, and finding forgiveness and mercy in Christ Jesus.
April 14, 2014
Sermon on Isaiah 50:4-9 and Matthew 27:38-54 for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, about the manner and circumstances of Jesus' death, and His victory in life.
January 27, 2014
Sermon on Isaiah 9:1-4 & Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. A sermon about where Jesus began His ministry, and where we are called to shine the light into the darkness.