“There Once Was a CPA in the Wilderness…”

“There Once Was a CPA in the Wilderness…is this the start of a good joke?” (we welcome Craig Zellar) – Algonquin park canoeing, Ministers of God, time of reflection, time for prayer, viewing his glorious creation from land and water. Near death experience, but Jesus standing on the water reaching out his had. Close your eyes and listen to todays sermon and experience the assurance of God.  Isaiah 43: 1-7

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“The Practice of the Presence of God”

We welcome Jim Krisher – Nicholas Herman had a powerful conversion in the 1600’s. It was through looking at a tree. Where did he experience the presence of God? In the Monastery? During prayer? When in silence with God? When he was cooking in the kitchen? Listen to today’s sermon to find the answer. You may find your answers here too. Mark 4: 30-32

Scripture calls on us to acknowledge and confess our sins before God with a humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart.  Let us come before Him now, together: We confess, God of Faith, that we ask about someone’s background to see if they are like us, but you look at where their heart is grounded. We examine another’s good looks or athletic prowess, while you take notice of how they reach out to those who are different. We gaze at the size of someone’s house, or car, or portfolio to judge how successful they are, and you observe whether or not they have faith the size of the smallest seed. Forgive us, Anointing God, for looking at those around us with human eyes, and not seeing them as created in your image. As you shape us into new people, give us new eyes, new hearts, new lives to follow Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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“Balancing the Faith-Filled Life”

What does the person of faith look like? Is the faith-filled person someone who exudes a serene confidence, a calmed and hushed and unperturbed spirit? Or is the faith-filled one the active and always-in-motion kingdom worker who is mostly a kind of holy blur of volunteerism? Is faith a set of convictions that could be counted-cross-stitched and hung on a wall or is faith seen best only when it is put into practice out on the nitty-gritty streets of the real world?  John 15.1-8

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“The GOOD Shepherd”

Tag team sermon with Pastor Bob and David Bailey. David starts the sermon off with “Shepherd’s Song”. One of the famous “I AM” sayings in John. (But if you look closely in John’s gospel, you will discover that following EVERY ONE of the “I Am” sayings, Jesus gets put down, derided, roughed up, sneered at. So also here: Jesus utters a saying of such lyric power that it has made tears leap to the eyes of believers for two millennia now. But when first Jesus said these words, they called him a lunatic, a demoniac, Satan’s little helper.)
We may need to update the imagery a bit but it’s not too difficult to remind people of their ongoing need for Someone bigger, stronger, and wiser to lead them along life’s paths.
John 10.11-18

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“L’chaim!”

To life indeed.  WE are Easter people.  Luke 24:36b-48

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“Now What?” (Easter 2009)

Mark ends his gospel with silent, fleeing, fearful women.  And we see them and say:  “Now what?  Certainly the gospel can’t end in silence!  Certainly there must be more to the story!”  Maybe…just may this where WE COME IN!  CERTAINLY…this is Mark’s point.  Mark 16:1-8

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“A ‘Grand’ Entrance”

Jesus mode of entry was meant to be humble…very different from the way society would expect a grand entrance.  Was Jesus somehow preparing us for what came next…Good Friday et al?   Mark 11: 1-11

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“The Remains of the Day”

After all is said done, there is a light that remains.  (The Voice:  The Liberating King is the one who will remain without end.)  Does the cross block out the light for us altogether or can we see that it remains?   John 12.20-36

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“JOHN THREE SIXTEEN”

Martin Luther calls this verse  “The Gospel in Brief.”  And many people are familiar with this verse, and yet so very few recall its original context: namely, Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus…and death and being born again. Most people assume John 3:16 doesn’t need a context–it’s so beautifully concise that it stands alone just fine. But as New Testament people, we know this is not so.  John 3:14-21

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“The APPEARANCE of the Holy”

Join the party, taste the wine, smell the warm bread, olives and lamb.  See the familiar face in the crowd, ready to snap.  The whip cracks, shouts start, money on the floor and the freezing of time.  “There must be room in my House”    John 2: 13-17

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