Worship & Prayer

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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

“What’s In It For Me?”, March 1, 2015, Mark 8:31-38

“A Time For Anger, a Time to Be Foolish”, March 8, 2015, John 2:13-22

“For God So Loved the World”, March 15, 2015, John 3:14-21

“When the Storm Comes”, March 22, 2015, Mark 4:35-41

“A Journey’s End – and Beyond”, March 29, 2015, Mark 11:1-11

“Is Fear the Last Word?”, April 5, 2015, Mark 16:1-8

““How Will We Recognize The Risen Lord?”, April 19, 2015, Luke 24:36b-48

“The Good Shepherd”, April 26, 2015, John 10:11-18

“What Wondrous Love Is This”, May 3, 2015, I John 4:7-21

“Oh, Mother Love”, May 10, 2015, John 15:1-11, Rev. Monika-Maria Grace, Ph.D.

“Enthronement”, May 17, 2015, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

“Hoping for What We Do Not See”, May 24, 2015, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

“We Have This Truth in Earthen Vessels”, May 31, 2015, II Corinthians 4:7-12, 16-18

“What Do We Have That We Don’t Know We Have?”, June 7, 2015, John 14:12-21, 25-27, Dr. Diane Heaton

“Minuscule Beginnings”, June 14, 2015, Mark 4:26-34,

“We Wish to See Jesus”, June 21, 2015, John 12:20-33,

“Make Room for Interruptions”, June 28, 2015, Mark 5:21-34,

“When Jesus Failed and Why”, July 5, 2015, Mark 6:1-13,

“The Risk of Being a Prophet”, July 12, 2015, Mark 6:14-29,

“The Love of Christ That Surpasses Knowledge”, July 26, 2015, John 6:16-21,

“Jesus – The Bread of Life”, August 9, 2015, John 6:35, 44-50,

“Consuming and Digesting Jesus – He Is Part of Us”, August 16, 2015, John 6:51-58,

“An Ambassador in Chains”, August 23, 2015, Ephesians 6:10-20,

““How Christian Are You?”, August 30, 2015, 1 Peter 2:4-10, Rev. Karla Shaw,

“Privileged Dogs”, Sep 6, 2015, Mark 7:24-37,

“A Bridle, a Tongue, a Teacher? Where Are They Today?”, Sep 13, 2015, James 3:1-12,

“From Whence Comes Wisdom?”, Sep 20, 2015, Mark 9:30-37”,

“Chill Out!”, Sep 27, 2015, Mark 9:38-41”,

“Jesus and Marriage”, Oct 4, 2015, Mark 10:2-16”,

“For God, All Things Are Possible”, Oct 11, 2015, Mark 10:17-27”,

“The Human Capacity for Self-Befuddlement”, Oct 18, 2015, Mark 10: 35-45”,

“I Once Was Blind, but Now I See!”, Oct 25, 2015, Mark 10: 46-52”,

“Love. Actually!”, Nov 1, 2015, Mark 12:28-34”,

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, Nov 8, 2015, Mark 12:38-44”,

“A Time to Build, a Time to Break Down”, Nov 15, 2015, Mark 13:1-8”,

“Between the No-Longer and the Not-Yet”, Nov 22, 2015, Mark 13:1-8, Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffman”,

“Signs”, Nov 29, 2015, Luke 21:25-33”,

“The Refiner’s Fire”, Dec 6, 2015, Luke 3:1-6”,

“The Lord Is Near – Do Not Worry about Anything”, Dec 13, 2015, Philippians 4:4-7”,

“O Sing a New Song”, Dec 20, 2015, Luke 1:39-48”,

“A Child Lying in a Manger …in a What?”, Dec 24, 2015, Luke 2:8-18”,

“Let the Peace of Christ Rule Our Hearts!”, Dec 27, 2015, Luke 2:41-52”,

“Stars and Dreams, O My!”, Jan 3, 2016, Matthew 2:1-12”,

“Surprised by Joy”, Jan 10, 2016, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22”,

“And Jesus Was His Name”, Jan 17, 2016, Matthew 1:18-25, Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffmann”,

“Viva la Difference”, Jan 24, 2016, Luke 4:14-21”,

“Prophetic Power and What Follows”, Jan 31, 2016, Luke 4:21-30”,

“Metamorphosis Is What Makes Us Human”, Feb 7, 2016, Luke 9:28-36”,

“A Journey Through the Slough of Despond”, Feb 14, 2016, Luke 4:1-13”,

“Until’….Endlessly Enacted, Now Urgent”, Feb 21, 2016, Luke 13:31-35”,

“The Constant Gardner”, Feb 28, 2016, Luke 13: 1-9”,

“The Heart of the Gospel”, Mar 6, 2016, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32”,

“A Profit and Loss Statement”, Mar 13, 2016, Philippians 3:4b-14”,

“Hear Sermons in Stones; Read Books in Running Brooks”, Mar 20, 2016, Luke 19:28-40”,

“An Idle Tale Told by Women?”, Mar 27, 2016, Luke 24:1-12”,

“Receive the Holy Spirit”, Apr 3, 2016, John 20:19-29”,

“Who Exactly Is in Heaven?”, Apr 10, 2016, Revelation 5:11-14”,

“Tell Us Plainly”, Apr 17, 2016, Revelation 7:9-10, 13-17”,

“On The Way”, Apr 24, 2016, 1 Corinthians 4:14-21, The Rev. Dr. Wayne Hoffman”,

“The Healing of the Nations”, May 1, 2016, Revelation 21:1-6, 22-26”,

“Show Us the Father”, May 15, 2016, John 14:8-10, 15-17, 25-28”,

“The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life”, May 22, 2016, Romans 5:1-5”,

“Sing to the Lord a New Song”, May 29, 2016, Luke 7:1-10”,

“Set Free”, Jun 5, 2016, Luke 7:11-17”,

“What Faith in Christ Looks Like”, Jun 12, 2016, Luke 7:36-48”,

“Honoring a Father”, Jun 19, 2016, Matthew 4:21-27”,

“Love Is as Fierce as Death”, Jun 26, 2016, Song of Solomon 7:10-13, 8:6-7”,

“Peace Be to This House”, Jul 3, 2016, Luke 10:1-11, 17-18”,

“Following the Footsteps of a Samaritan – Are You Kidding?”, Jul 10, 2016, Luke 10:25-37”,

“There Is Need of Only One Thing”, Jul 17, 2016, Luke 10:38-42”,

“Prayer”, Jul 24, 2016, Luke 11:1-10”,

“The Lure of Bigger Barns”, Jul 31, 2016, Luke 12:13-21”,

“The Long Journey”, Aug 7, 2016, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, 39-40”,

“Faith”, Aug 14, 2016, Hebrews 11:1-3, 32-12:2”,

“Set Free”, Aug 21, 2016, Luke 13:10-17”,

future sermons 

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1-14

Sermon: “A Return to Faith” Carrie Hogan, Guest Preacher

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 4-21

Sermon: “O Lord, You Have Searched Me and Known Me”

Sacrament of Holy Communion Prayers for Healing and Laying on of Hands

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, September 11, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: I Timothy 1:12-17; Luke15:1-10

Sermon: “If Jesus Is the Answer, What Is the Question?”

Scripture, Sermon for Sunday, September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: I Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-9, 13

Sermon: “Serving Two Masters”

 

Sunday Bulletins

July 3, 2016

July 10, 2016

July 17, 2016

July 24, 2016

July 31, 2016

August 7, 2016

August 14, 2016
August 21, 2016

Reflection

Finding Grace in the Midst of Loss

The renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman walks with crutches and plays his violin seated in a wheelchair, having lost the use of his legs when he contracted polio at the age of four. In 1995, while he was performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, a string on his violin broke. But Perlman continued to play.

In her poem “The Broken String” Grace Schulman describes this emergence of beauty in the midst of diminishment. She speaks of Perlman raising his violin, only to feel the string snap, then look at his legs knowing he cannot walk across the stage to get a replacement. He nonetheless produces beautiful chords and finishes the concerto with the strings he has. This is what you do, he later says, create music “with what you have, then with what you have left.”

How we deal with loss particularly determines how we age. A resident of a nursing center remarked, “I never thought I would turn out like this.” She meant both being trapped in a wheelchair by a stroke and the fading good cheer she once knew. Losses that accompany aging – deaths of dear ones, diminished health, less status, freedom, and independence – can turn our hearts to ashes.

It is possible to see this stripping away as preparation for the coming of God? When I began to lose my hearing, I realized I could either fear the encroaching silence or see silence as a language within which God would continue to speak to me. I needed a spiritual wisdom I could not manufacture, the paradoxical wisdom rooted in Jesus’ death and resurrection. “For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength” (I Cor. 1:25).

As we learn to make new music with broken strings, we are sustained by the resources our tradition brings to experiences of darkness and loss. Into our empty places can come holy surprises if we let God fill us with the courage and wisdom we cannot muster on our own. Though we are broken, Divine Wisdom sustains and transforms us.

 -Kathleen Fischer, Weavings
– a Journal of Spirituality – Vol. 31, No. 3