The Language of Lament

Have you ever had cries of help to God?  Maybe complaints or even a sense of abandonment?  Then this Sermon is for you.

 

Readings – Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

 

 

 

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There’s more to the story

We welcome Rev. Steve Plank to the pulpit today.
Sometimes stories – whether biblical stories or congregation stories or family stories – are so familiar to us that we either forget or overlook that “There’s more to the story” than what we might have thought.

Reading – John 11:1-6, 17-44

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Get over it!

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We love the fact that verse 7 is a reality…God does not “look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” The fact of the matter is: the theme of this text is to get over it when things don’t go as expected. It’s as if God is saying; “I’m God and I’ve got your back…and so much more…so move on!”

Reading – 1 Samuel 16.1-13

 

 

 

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Waiting for God

We welcome Rev. Gary Baker. “Waiting for God”. We wait for Christmas, birthdays, births of grandchildren maybe even the Messiah. But did you know that Life occurs while we are waiting? It takes patience to wait because “God’s” time is not always “our” time. Once you’ve prayed, give it to God and let Him come up with a solution. Then like I said, be patient.

Readings – Isaiah 40:26-31  Acts 1:9-11 

 

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A Real Keeper

2nd Sunday of Lent – The writer refers to God as a keeper…not in the sense of medieval fort, but in the sense of a place of protection. God keeps us and therefore is a real keeper, as it were.

Reading Psalm 121  (from the NRSV)

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Great leaping Locusts

1st Sunday of Lent. This is actually the text the lectionary assigns to Ash Wednesday which was March 1 this year. Ash Wednesday comes and goes in our Presbyterian Reformed Tradition with little recognition. This text however, calls us to keep in mind what Lent is all about. We will think together about the blessings that come with repentance and the context in which those blessings are best experienced.

Reading Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

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Light for the Journey

When you’re planning on a trip, you have to make choices like places to stay, things to do, maps to print and much more. Life is the same way. It’s actually a journey.  There may be darkness but God gives you light.  There may be rough times, but listen for God’s voice for he speaks to you in many different ways.
So what journey are you planning on that will enrich the kingdom of God.  Thinking about being a volunteer reader in an elementary school?  Donating time to a work-camp?  Listen to your heart then follow your journey.

Reading Mathew 17:1-9

 

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Interior Designs

This section of the sermon on the mount is not just about following rules. It’s about a total reorientation from the inside out.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20  Matthew 5.21-37

 

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Be Tasty and Lit Up

salt and light

Jesus uses the present tense in this part of his sermon on the mount. In other words he’s not telling people HOW to be salt and light…he says we already are! And of course salt does no good sitting by the stove…and light does no good unless it’s brought into a dark place. Do you see where this is going? Salt and light are only good when they are poured out. Pour on good people!

Reading Matthew 5.13-16Listen icon

 

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What IS Good?

The prophet here counters the obsession many in the world have for greatness. It’s not at all about being great…it is about being good. Micah is clear about what goodness looks like!

Reading Micah 6.1-8

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