Sermons

All are invited.

All are invited. This Sunday is the Matthew 22:1-14 gospel of ‘For many are called, but few are chosen.’ Instead, Pastor Eric spoke to us of Jesus’s invitation to all to come to the banquet and learn of Him. Jesus invites us to try on different ‘coats’. ‘Coats’ are different situations in life in which…

Fruits of the Kingdom

Today’s Gospel, Matthew 21:33-46, recounts Jesus’ parable of the landowner who sent slaves to collect produce from his vineyard. The tenants beat and killed the slaves. The landowner then sent his son to collect the produce, thinking the tenants would surely respect him.  They killed him as well, with a plan to steal his inheritance.…

Safi Sunday

Today was the 17th Sunday after Pentecost and Safi Sunday. In the first reading of today, Philippians 2:1-13, Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests of others above our own. Safi School Project is a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering and improving the lives…

That’s not fair!’

That’s not fair!’….we all want things to be fair and all of today’s lessons speak to this on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost. Pastor Beth asked us if we knew what is God concerned about. 1. G-Generosity-how we live out our lives. 2. R-Relationships-God seeks reconciliation between each of us. 3. A-Attitude-impacts everything. 4. C-Community-to…

Boundless

What are the limits of forgiving? Should we forgive our enemies, no matter the magnitude of their harm? Do we forgive a friend or family member when they hurt us so badly we do not see a way through the hurt? What about those we don’t know well, yet judge to be sinners? As Jesus advised…

Love Builds Bridges Not Walls

Our Children’s Time talk this morning was a wonderful story about two brothers who due to a disagreement decide to build a wall between their adjoining properties. Listen to the audio below of this tale as the intervention of a third party changes the construction from a wall to a bridge and the impact that…

The Weakest Link

Today is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and today’s gospel, Matthew 18:15-20, talks of situations having to do with church discipline. Pastor Beth asked us if we remembered a TV game show called: The Weakest Link Contestants were voted off the show one by one as they were selected by the other contestants and had…

Can You Do That For Me?

When Jesus revealed the purpose of his ministry, the words were hard to accept by his disciples. Jesus told them he must go to Jerusalem and “undergo great suffering…and be killed.” When Peter began to question him, Jesus reminded Peter that he was dwelling on human things rather than divine things. Jesus asks us to…

We are all “Keys” to the Kingdom

Pastor Eric’s sermon was based on the 16th Chapter of Matthew where Jesus asks his disciples who they think he is.  Peter tells Jesus that he is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus, pleased with Peter’s response, tells him that he is the “rock” on which the church will be built, and that he…

Challenged, Convicted, Called

It is hard to believe the violence and hatred seen recently in the media is actually happening in our time, in our country. Pastor Beth encouraged us that in times like this we especially need to remember God’s dream for us to live as a family. The Word of God challenges us, convicts us and…