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Pastor Steve’s Greatest Hits

sermons of lasting power

“Signs”, Dec 2, 2012, Luke 21:25-36

“The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness”, Dec 9, 2012, Luke 3:1-6

“Mary’s Question: Why Is This Happening to Me”, Dec 23, 2012, Luke 1:39-49

“Whatever You Do in the New Year – Give Thanks!”, Dec 30, 2012, Luke 2:41-52

“The Art of Following a Star”, January 6, 2013, Mathew 2:1-12

“Waterproof”, January 13, 2013, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

“Different Is Beautiful”, January 27, 2013, Luke 4:14-21

“No Home Court Advantage”, February 3, 2013, Luke 4:18-30, Rev. Deb Mitchell

“A Wrinkle in Time”, February 10, 2013, Luke 9:28-36

“Tested”, February 17, 2013, Luke 4:1-13

“Destiny”, February 24, 2013, Luke 13:31-35

“Thirst”, March 3, 2013, Luke 13:1-9

“Lost and Found Department”, March 10, 2013, Luke 15:1-10

“Two Points of View”, March 17, 2013, John 12:1-8

“Twelve Ways from Here to Sunday”, March 24, 2013, Luke 19:29-40

“Anastasia”, March 31, 2013, Luke 24:1-12

“There’s Trouble in River City”, April 7, 2013, John 20:19-29

“The Last Breakfast”, April 14, 2013, John 21:1-14

“One With God”, April 21, 2013, John 10:22-30

“Easter People in a Good Friday World”, April 28, 2013, Revelation 21:1-6

“Imagine There’s a Heaven – and No Religion, Too”, May 5, 2013, John 14:23-29

“Job’s Question”, May 12, 2013, Acts 16:16-34

“Christ Encounters of the Third Kind”, May 19, 2013, John 14:8-17

“Love”, May 26, 2013, Matthew 28:16-20

“The Eclectic Centurion”, June 2, 2013, Luke 7:1-10

“Widows and Orphans – The Bottom Line”, June 9, 2013, Luke 7:11-17

“Why Are You Cast Down?”, Jun 23, 2013, Luke 8:26-39

“Freedom”, Jun 30, 2013, Galatians 5:1, 13-25

“Do Not Grow Weary in Doing What Is Right”, July 7, 2013, Galatians 6:7-16

“The Neighbor”, Jul 14, 2013, Luke 10:25-37

“Remember”, Jul 21, 2013, Acts 20:31-35; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffman

“Lord, If You Choose”, Jul 28, 2013, Matthew 8:1-22; Rev. Deb Mitchell

“Time For New Clothes”, August 4, 2013, Colossians 3:1-4, 8-15

“Do We Suffer from ‘Enchantment-Deficit Disorder’ (EDD)?”, August 11, 2013, I Corinthians 3:16-4:2

“Rules of the Road – Rules for the Way”, August 18, 2013, Luke 12:49-56

“Building Bridges”, August 25, 2013, Matthew 14:22-27, Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffmann

“Are You an Object of Curiosity?”, September 1, 2013, Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Steeple Dropouts”, September 8, 2013, Luke 14:25-33

“A School for Sinners? Why am I Here?”, September 15, 2013, Luke 15:1-10

“Prayer as First and Last Resort”, September 22, 2013, Luke 16:1-13

“Trading Places”, September 29, 2013, Luke 16:19-31

“A Grandmother’s Faith”, October 6, 2013, Luke 17: 5-6

“The Great Return”, October 13, 2013, Luke 17:11-19

“Waiting for Gospel”, October 20, 2013, II Timothy 3:14-4:5

“Our Message – “Simul Justus et Peccator”, October 27, 2013, Luke 18: 9-14

“What Tree Would We Climb to See Jesus?”, November 3, 2013, Luke 19: 1-10

“Marriage and the Resurrection”, November 10, 2013, Luke 20:27-38

“Utopia”, November 17, 2013, Isaiah 65:17-25

“The Game of Thrones”, November 24, 2013, Colossians 1:11-20

“Keep Awake”, December 1, 2013, Matthew 24:36-44

“An Angel in Disguise”, December 8, 2013, Mathew 3:1-12

“Star Trek – The Wise Still Seek Him”, December 24, 2013, John 1:1-14

“Remember My Pigeons”, January 5, 2014, Matthew 2:1-12

“Is God about to Do a New Thing in 2014?”, January 12, 2014, Acts 10:34-43

“An Experiential God List”, January 16, 2014, Matthew 6:25-34, Dr. Diane Heaton

“Wisdom from the Source”, February 2, 2014, Matthew 5:1-12

“Spiritual, Not Religious”, February 9, 2014, Matthew 5:13-18

“Choose Wisely!”, February 16, 2014, Matthew 5:21-30

“Do the Right Thing”, February 23, 2014, Matthew 5:38-48

“Jesus in a New Light”, March 2, 2014, Matthew 17:1-9

“Eyes Wide Shut”, March 9, 2014, Matthew 4:1-11

“For God So Loved the World”, March 16, 2014, John 3:1-10, 16-17

“God in a New Light”, March 23, 2014, John 4:7-24

“Light of the World”, March 30, 2014, John 9:1-17, 35-39

“Why Did Jesus Weep?”, April 6, 2014, John 11:1-25, 34-44

“Two Ways to Enter a City”, April 13, 2014, Matthew 21:1-14

“The Ultimate Gate-Crasher”, April 20, 2014, Matthew 28:1-10

“Prophet or Peacemaker”, April 27, 2014, John 14:25-27; Acts 10:34-38, Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffman

“Hearts, Strangely Warm”, May 4, 2014, Luke 24:13-35

“The Shepherd’s Voice”, May 11, 2014, John 10:1-10

“Never Put a Period Where God Puts a Comma”, May 18, 2014, John 14:1-9

“Are We God’s Offspring”, May 25, 2014, Acts 17:22-31

“I’m Obliged”, Jun 1, 2014, Acts 1:6-14

“The Spirit’s Gift – Passion for the Possible”, June 8, 2014, John 19-23

“Oops! How Religious Folks Go Awry”, June 15, 2014, Matthew

28:16-20

“An Upside Down World – Calling Good, Evil and Evil, Good”, June 22, 2014, Matthew 10:24-33

“Does God Make Impossible Demands”, June 29, 2014, Genesis 22:1-14

“Are We Weary and Carrying Heavy Burdens?”, Jul 6, 2014, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

“What Kind of Soil Are You?”, July 13 2014, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

“What Is Your Most Fervent Hope?”, July 20 2014, Romans 8:12-25

“Do All Things Work Together for Good?”, July 27 2014, Romans 8:26-39

“You Give Them Something to Eat”, Aug 3, 2014, Matthew 14:13-21

“The 50th Anniversary”, August 10 2014, Amos 5:14-24, Rev Wayne Hoffmann

“A Chance Encouter?”, August 17, 2014, Matthew 15:21-28

“Inviting Your Mind Into Your Life”, August 24, 2014, Romans 12:1-2, Rev. Karla Shaw

“100th Anniversary of the Great War: Where Was the Church”, August 31, 2014, James 3:13-4:3, Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffmann

“The Cost of “Getting Along”, Sep 7, 2014, Matthew 18:15-20

“From Humus to Human”, September 14 2014, John 19:38-42

“Be of the Same Mind – Have the Same Love as Christ”, September 28 2014, Matthew 21:23-32

“Bragging Rights”, Oct 5, 2014, Philippians 3:4b-14

“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”, October 12 2014, Matthew 22:1-10

“When God Showed His Glory”, October 19 2014, Matthew 22:15-22

“Is It Possible to See the World Through Jesus-Colored Glasses?”, October 26 2014, Matthew 22:34-40

“Why Is Religion So Unpopular?”, Nov 2, 2014, Matthew 23:1-12

“Hollywood and the Rapture”, November 9, 2014, Matthew 25:1-13

“How Are We Doing as God’s Property Managers?”, November 16, 2014, Matthew 25:14-30

“From Hotel California to the Kingdom of Christ: A Journey for Our Pleasure Only”, November 23, 2014, Matthew 25:31-46, Rev. Monika-Maria Grace, Ph.D

“What Do We Lack?”, November 30, 2014, Isaiah 64: 1-8

“The Demise of the Age of Rage”, Dec 7, 2014, Mark 1:1-8

“You’re Not Washed Up – You’re Just Soaked in Experience!”, December 14, 2014, John 1:6-8, 19-23

“I Tell You a Mystery”, December 21, 2014, Luke 1:26-38

“Unexpected Good News”, December 24, 2014, Luke 2:1-14

“Be the Cause”, December 28, 2014, Luke 2:22-35

“Overwhelmed by Joy”, Jan 4, 2015, Matthew 2:1-12

“Rescue from the Waters of Chaos”, January 11, 2015, Acts 19:1-7

“God’s Wild Plan: The Doubter”, January 18, 2015, John 20:24-39, Rev. Karla Shaw

“Father Zebedee, Alone in the Boat”, January 25, 2015, Mark 1:14-20

“What Astounds Us About Jesus?”, Feb 1, 2015, Mark 1:21-28

“Our Ministry – Healing, Not Judging”, February 8, 2015, Mark 1:29-39

“One Dazzling Moment”, February 15, 2015, Mark 9:2-9

“Self-Discovery”, February 22, 2015, Mark 1:9-15

future sermons 

Scripture, Sermon for March 1, 2015

Second Sunday in Lent

Scriptures: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38

Sermon: “What’s In It For Me?”

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, March 8, 2015

Third Sunday in Lent

Scriptures: I Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Sermon: “A Time for Anger, a Time to Be Foolish”

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Scriptures: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21

Sermon: “For God So Loved the World”

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: “When the Storm Comes”

Sunday Bulletins

January 4, 2015

January 11, 2015

January 18, 2015

January 25, 2015

February 1, 2015

February 8, 2015

February 15, 2015

February 22, 2015

Reflection

An All-Powerful or Suffering God?

 “Christianity is the only world religion that confesses a God who suffers. It is not all that popular an idea, even among Christians. We prefer a God who prevents suffering, only that is not the God we have got. What the cross teaches us is that God’s power is not the power to force human choices and end human pain. It is, instead, the power to pick up the shattered pieces and make something holy out of them – not from a distance but right close up.”

-Barbara Brown Taylor, God in Pain

“What is the difference between Jews and Christians? We all await the Messiah. You believe He has already come and gone, while we do not. I therefore propose that we await Him together. And when he appears, we can ask Him: Were you here before?” Then he paused and added: “And I hope that at that moment I will be close enough to whisper in his
ear, ‘For the love of heaven, don’t answer.'”

 – from an anecdote of Martin Buber, who told this to a group of priests,
reprinted in All Rivers Run to the Sea, by Elie Wiesel.

“God of compassion, you let your rain fall on the just and the unjust. Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as you love. Help us to reach out to victims so that our love may help them heal. Help us to work tirelessly to renew our society in its very heart so
that violence will be no more. Amen.”

-Sister Helen Prejean

“This morning, in the fresh field, I came upon a hidden nest. It held four warm, speckled eggs. I touched them. Then went away softly having felt something more wonderful
than all the electricity in New York City.”

 – Mary Oliver – Evidence: Poems by Mary Oliver