“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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“On Following the Leader”

How intentional are you on following our servant leader?  How often do you say what can I give rather than what can I get?  Some points of interest in this sermon are the Hinge of the Gospel, the Theological Center of the Bible, the fork in the road.  Reading from Mark 8: 31-38

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“Wilderness”

Chaos doesn’t stand a chance when Jesus shows up for the wilderness is his 2nd home.  I challenge you throughout Lent to confront the wilderness in which you live.  Mark 1:9-15

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – Our ancestors in the faith used ashes as a sign of repentance, a symbol of the uncertainty and fragility of human life.  Like them, we have tasted the ashes of hopelessness; we have walked through the ashes of our loss and pain; we have stood knee-deep in the ashes of our brokeness.  God of our lives, out of the dust of creation you have formed us and given us life.  May these ashes not only be a sign of our repentance and death, but reminders that by your gift of grace in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, we are granted life forever with you.  Amen.  <To listen, click on the Cross>  Readings from Mathew 6: 1-6, 16-21

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