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11/2/2014 God's Word at Work

Martin Luther once said that since the Christian is really and fully forgiven, the only one place where we are vulnerable to the attack of our enemy is in our conscience… to make us doubt. Our sins can no longer keep us from life with God because they’ve been forgiven. But doubt about God’s word tries to weasel its way into our minds. In today’s lesson, St. Paul reminds us that we need not doubt because the word is at work in us.

All Saints' Day Pastor Tom Norris
10/26/2014 Only Jesus Sets Us Free

It may seem overused to say only Jesus set us free, but there are so many ways we can be fooled into believing that we have power to create our own salvation. While this was a great problem in the time of Luther, the form of the problem has changed over the centuries. What do we have in common with the Israelites of Jesus’ time and the church leaders at the time of Luther? More importantly how do we keep our focus on the one who truly has power to give us and ensure our salvation?

Reformation Pastor Jon Coyne
10/19/2014 What We Give to God

I wonder if it was easier when people were giving animals, crops, and similar gifts to God in the temple. However, I realize that the problems faced by Cain and Abel, which later are used to create a trap for Jesus, are still the problems of our sin as we try to possess what God has created. Today we will consider our gifts to God as we work through the question, “What will we give God?”

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
10/12/2014 A Reason to Rejoice

Economic uncertainty, political polarization at home, crises around the globe, and our own personal troubles. All of these can combine to make us anxious, fearful and depressed. But St. Paul reminds us that Christian faith has a fundamentally joyful way of understanding and living in God’s world.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
10/5/2014 What Does God See Now?

The prophet Isaiah tells a story of how God creates a vineyard in order to help the people of Israel understand how much God has cared for them as a nation and how they have disappointed God. Similarly, God has cared for the world. Not only has God created and sustained our world, but God sent Jesus to pay the price for the sins of all people. What does God see now when looking at the creation? How does God respond to the fact that people will always disappoint and reject the care that comes from God?

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
9/28/2014 Faith Expressed in Deeds

Hype. Hype is what you need in order to make people believe you are doing great and wonderful things when really you are not doing much at all. Hype is at the center of the statement, “Actions speak louder than words,” because we have all known people who say the right things and act differently. As Christians, we can easily be caught up in the act of saying the right words in church and living the wrong life outside of church. Today we will consider how our faith needs to be expressed in our deeds as a response to God’s Love.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
9/21/2014 Why Couldn’t Inspector Javert Just Let It Go

Sunday, September 21, 2014 – If you’re familiar with Les Miserables, Victor Hugo’s novel which was recently turned into a Broadway play and Hollywood movie, you’ll no doubt remember that Inspector Javert was obsessed with re-incarcerating Jean Valjean. But why? Why couldn’t he just let it go? The problem of the day-long-laborers in today’s Gospel lesson helps us to understand both Javert… and ourselves.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
9/14/2014 The Struggle to Forgive as Jesus Does

The Struggle to Forgive as Jesus Does (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiving other people is one of the hardest things to do in life. When we have been harmed by other people, we feel not just a right for vindication, but a subconscious drive to complete both vindication and punishment for the person who caused the harm. It is easy to question the logic of Jesus when God claims to forgive as the King does in our story. When we think about the response of the slaves, the ones who were forgiven and the one who was not, we can begin to see that the logic of this world pales in comparison to the logic of Jesus, especially when it comes to forgiveness.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
9/7/2014 Confront Sin and Forgive

Confront Sin and Forgive (Matthew 18:15-22) Your bulletin only shows Matthew 18:15-20 as the text for the day. I have long wondered why we cut off the text at that point and push the next two verses into the next week. I understand that the next two verses introduce a parable from Jesus. However, I also understand that these two verses are the logical question of Peter and the compassionate answer of Jesus after hearing the initial statement from Jesus. Today we will consider what it means to confront sin and more importantly what it means to forgive with great frequency.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
8/31/2014 Love is Hard to Accomplish

Love is Hard to Accomplish (Romans 12:9-21) God loves us in the moments when we feel the least able to accept love…and we are VERY grateful. God loves us when we feel we have done horrible things to others…and we are VERY relieved. When it comes to extending the same love to other people, why is it VERY hard to do? Today we will consider a passage from Romans which is the basis for the words we share at the end of each worship service. We will consider the life God calls us to live and how we can overcome the struggles to live a life filled with God’s grace and mercy.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
8/24/2014 God's Rocks

God’s Rocks - Rocks are pretty amazing. We now understand that the earth can create rocks and over time, water and wind can wear down rocks. However, for thousands of years, human beings had no idea that rocks were created in the earth nor that they could be worn down or destroyed. The image of a rock is used in both the Old Testament and the New Testament to point out how God creates a permanent witness for all time. Abraham was both the father of the Jewish people and also a model of how God chooses a servant for the good of many. Jesus, would show us that the message of salvation is the permanent rock which will stand forever.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
8/17/2014 Remaining Faithful

Matthew 15:10-28 It’s easy to recognize the difference between a Christian view of life and much of what we find in the culture around us. The question is: What can we do to remain faithful when we’re bombarded with ideas and advertising that is contrary to our faith? For parents the question seems even more urgent: How do I raise Christian kids in a corrupt world? Jesus words from today’s Gospel lesson provide a way forward.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
8/10/2014 Lord Is It You?

Lord Is It You? (Matthew 14:22-33) How often do we find ourselves in the storms of life? When we see the storms of life and we begin to perceive the image of Jesus, do we ask this same question, “Lord is it you?” Today we will consider the fact that Jesus is present in the “storms” of our lives. We will consider how he reaches out to catch us in the moments when we feel ourselves falling.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
8/3/2014 Boundless Compassoin

Boundless Compassion (Matthew 14:13-21) Jesus hears that his friend, relative, and the prophetic leader who heralded the coming of Jesus, had been killed by Herod in a brutal manner. However, the crowds are unwilling to give Jesus time to mourn, pray, or even think. Still, when Jesus sees the people he has compassion for them and he spends time curing the ills of the sick. Today we will take a few moments to consider the meaning of the numbers as Jesus feeds the crowds and what this means in our lives.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
7/27/2014 Spiritual Prayer

Spiritual Prayer (Romans 8:26-39) Even after we have been saved by God’s Grace with no effort or merit of our own, we still try to “do something” for our salvation. Prayer is one of those places where we tend to want to “take control” and do more than we can in our conversation with God. St. Paul shares an insight which is only available by God’s inspiration through His writer. “…the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Today we will consider what this means for our life and our prayers.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
7/20/2014 Ugh! There is Surely Something More!

Ugh! There is Surely Something Better! (Romans 8:12-25) The moans and groans of life can overwhelm. Christians are not immune from this feeling, nor is creation itself. Yet, we have hope about God’s future. We are living in the “time between.” We know what Jesus has done, what he has done to us, and what he will do in the future. This impacts how we live.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor John Glover
7/13/2014 Spiritual but Not Religious

Spiritual but Not Religious (Romans 8:1-11) People who label themselves as Spiritual but Not Religious tend to stay away from the institution of the church. After reading the words of St. Paul, we are compelled to wonder how the church has become a place that does not seem spiritual to some. Today we will consider the story of a man whose church is filled with people who all have the same job – they are all umpires. We will consider our spiritual calling to share the message of Jesus, God’s seed, with all people.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
7/6/2014 Trapped by Sin? Jesus delivers.

Trapped by Sin? Jesus delivers. (Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30) After reading the words of St. Paul, we should be convinced we are trapped by sin whenever we try to rely on our own abilities or strength. St. Paul ends this passage with an exclamation of utter despondency recognizing that he cannot win the battle on his own. Jesus helps his disciples see that even a messenger of God, John the Baptist, and Jesus, God's Son, will be disparaged by the views of sinful people. However, both end with a promise thatJesus delivers salvation to us. Today we will consider what this means as people govern one another.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
6/29/2014 Feeding Sheep and Lambs

Feeding Sheep and Lambs (John 21:15-19) When Jesus says, "Follow me" to Peter after the resurrection, Peter has a much clearer view of Jesus' work on earth and a much clearer view of what will happen. In fact, after hearing the words of Jesus, Peter might not be as quick to respond as he once was when Jesus first called him. However, if we look at the calling, which comes before the warning, we will find that the calling far outweighs the concern of future events for Peter and it will for us as well in our lives.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
6/22/2014 Alive in the Love of Christ

Alive in the Love of Christ (Romans 6:1-11) St. Paul challenges "count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Today we will consider what this means by looking at the meaning of the word sin and the revelation we have of God in the form of Jesus.

Pentecost (June 22 - November 23, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
6/15/2014 Christ Is In You

Christ Is In You (2 Corinthians 13:5-14) Paul has much to say to his “problem child,” the church at Corinth. Much of it is anguished, and some still hard to hear even nearly 2,000 years later. At the center of the two letters to this church that we have stands the One whom Paul believes changes absolutely everything: Jesus, the Christ. And this Christ, says Paul, is actually “in” everyone who believes in him.

Trinity (June 15, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
5/25/2014 Being Winsome So You Can Win Some

Being Winsome So you Can Win Some (1 Peter 3:13-22) We have good news to share, and we are always to share it. Evangelism is a scary word to some. It really should not be. Gentleness and authenticity are the key. It's really you, being you - becoming what you already are in Jesus.

Easter (April 20 - June 1, 2014) Pastor John Glover
5/18/2014 Know Who You Are

Know Who You Are (1 Peter 2:2-10) Do “clothes make the man”? Have you “found yourself”? Do you, as Shakespeare admonished, “know thyself”? Or are you still anxious about who you are? In today’s lesson, Peter uses three different descriptions of who we are to help us have a solid foundation for living in Christ.

Easter (April 20 - June 1, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
5/11/2014 Bearing Our Sin

Bearing Our Sin (1 Peter 2:19-25) What does it mean to have a God who willingly, lovingly, and sacrificially, was and still is willing to bear our sins? Jesus did not JUST die on the cross. Jesus took our mistakes, struggles, guilt, pain, shame, and carried all of it within His perfect being. The Bible states he “became sin” for us. When we think about this, it is natural to feel a new sense of guilt over these facts. However, God wants us to feel the joy of Easter. God wants us to feel the relief of being made new. God wants us to know that we have been recreated in Jesus.

Easter (April 20 - June 1, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
4/20/2014 The Way to the Resurrection

The Way to the Resurrection (John 20:1-18) Jesus' words to Mary in today's Gospel lesson lead us to reflect on Jesus' interaction with Mary earlier in the Gospel... and help us to follow with Mary on the way to resurrection.

Easter (April 20 - June 1, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
4/13/2014 Simon the Leper

Simon the Leper (Matthew 26:1-13) There are two very long Bible readings for this Sunday... and I picked neither of them. It is confirmation Sunday, why talk about Simon the Leper? One of the nights before Jesus enters Jerusalem, he has dinner in the town of Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper. Typically, we focus on the gift of perfume to anoint Jesus by a woman in Simon's house. This act of devotion is important, but happens because Jesus loves the broken, outcasts, and sinners of this world. What greater message could there be on this Sunday than to see how Jesus loves?

Palm Sunday Pastor Jon Coyne
4/6/2014 Zombie Land

Zombie Land (Ezekiel 37:1-14) The idea of zombies (the living dead) has taken on a life of its own on college campuses, movies, and a recent hit television series. In order to enjoy a show with zombies, it is important to suspend all of your understanding of science and logic. In simplest terms, they are part of fantasy and there is a long history of fantasy in entertainment. However, the prophet Ezekiel is not speaking of fantasy when he shares the Word of God with Israel. The image of dry bones coming to life is one which should attract a generation of zombie watching people. This same image was very important to the people of Israel and to us.

Lent (March 9 - April 6, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
  3/30/2014 Muddy, Muddled, Miraculous

Muddy, Muddled, Miraculous: A Conversion Tale (John 9:1-41) On one level, this story is a muddy and messy healing by Jesus of a man born blind. Yet, on a deeper lever, this is about spiritual insight, conversion, and blindness. Jesus says that he is, "The Light of the World." His light shines in our hearts. It's miraculous, and a process with many muddled twists and turns.

Lent (March 9 - April 6, 2014) Pastor John Glover
  3/16/2014 He Came to Jesus at Night

He Came to Jesus at Night (John 3:1-17) Nicodemus came to Jesus under cover of darkness and full of doubts... and found light and life. It is the same for us. Though for many reasons we may be afraid and carrying doubts, Jesus meets us as the Light of the World and the Lord of Night with words of astonishing grace.

Lent (March 9 - April 6, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
  2/16/2014 You Have Heard That It Was Said

You Have Heard That It Was Said (Matthew 5:21-37) Conventional wisdom is that as long as we act according to the dictates of civil society, we're doing pretty much what God wants us to do. In today's Gospel lesson, Jesus tacked that kind of thinking head-on -- and shows another kind of wisdom.

Epiphany (February 9 - March 2, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
  2/9/2014 You Gotta Be Different

You Gotta Be Different (Matthew 5:13-20) When Jesus states that we must be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world,” he is telling us that we will be different and we will be noticed. Jesus then enmeshes this message with the message about keeping the law after we have become different because of our baptism and faith in Jesus. Today we will consider the ways in which we are different and noticeable in the world. We will also talk about the need for grace and the fact that we still need to proclaim both the gospel and the law.

Epiphany (February 9 - March 2, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
1/26/2014 The Message of the Cross

The Message of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:10-18) A few years ago when we first lit up the cross, we received a pretty strong response from people who wanted to tell us what the message of the cross should be. While the message has not changed, the message received was not only startling, but rather disturbing. If the message of the cross, as received by others, has changed then we should expect the kinds of battles we see in society. Today we will consider what message was received in the time of St. Paul and how the message we need to convey is still the same as always.

Epiphany (January 12 - 26, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
1/19/2014 A Lamp in the Darkness

A Lamp in the Darkness (John 1:29-42) - In times of temptation and spiritual confusion, where do you find the faithful way forward? In today’s Gospel lesson, John's words point the way.

Epiphany (January 12 - 26, 2014) Pastor Tom Norris
1/12/2014 Christ Welcomes All

Christ Welcomes All (Acts 10:34-43) -The reading for this Sunday clearly shows Peter proclaiming the truth that, “God shows no partiality.” By reading the verses prior to this proclamation, we learn how God sent a message to Peter in a couple of different ways to get this point across. It was and still is a very big point. Today we will consider if we are acting like Peter and the disciples prior to the message he receives from God or if we are proclaiming the welcoming message of Jesus to all people.

Epiphany (January 12 - 26, 2014) Pastor Jon Coyne
1/5/2014 Left Breathless

Left Breathless (Ephesians 1:3-14) This passage from Ephesians is essentially one long sentence with a number of compound clauses culminating in this: “who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” It’s enough to leave one breathless.

Christmas (December 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014) Pastor John Glover
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