Sermons & Worship by Rev. Louise Barger (Page 3)

Reverend Dr. Louise Barger is our Transitional Minister, who is helping the church prepare to call a new settled pastor.

It’s a Hallelujah Morning

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:1-1 Jesus had died at three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact time of the sacrifice offering for sin at the Temple. Jesus had made the last and only sacrifice necessary for the sins of people throughout the ages. No other sacrifice would ever be necessary. It would only be the responsibility of the individual to admit that they had sin in their lives, ask forgiveness, and ask Jesus to be the Lord of their life.…

Lord, Save Us

Scripture: Leviticus 23:4-8; Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 31:1-5; John 12:12-19 The air was electrified with the events of recent days. If anyone was looking for a sign from Jesus, they could not have missed the miracle at Bethany. The drama had played itself out before the eyes of family and friends who had gathered to mourn the death of Lazarus. Four days had passed before Jesus arrived. All hope had been abandoned. Moved to tears because of the death of his…

The Price of a Sacrifice

Scripture: Exodus 12:21-28; Psalm 27:1-6; John 2:13-22 We are now in the fifth week of Lent. Today we will reach Jerusalem with Jesus. Today we look at how easily we can prioritize other things over our true worship of Jesus. We find ourselves sometimes identifying with the people in our biblical accounts who found Jesus to be an impediment to what they really wanted to do. Today our biblical stories focus on Jesus being the presence of God among us…

Dying of Thirst

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:1-5; John 4:1-14 We can live without many things, including food, for a long time, but we cannot live without water. We must have fluids to hydrate our body. We have the sensation of thirst to serve as a reminder that it is time for fluids. It has always been so, and this morning was read the story of how desperate the Hebrews were for water as they were led through the desert by Moses. That…

Blessed by Giving

Scripture: Nehemiah 10:34-39 Psalm 89:1-2 Matthew 6:1-4 In this third Sunday of Lent we are looking at almsgiving. In the scripture that was read from Nehemiah this morning, we find that God’s plan for caring for the needs of people was to require that each person give a tithe (10%) of their possessions to the Temple to be used by the priests. They brought not only money, but a tithe of their crops and their fruit, their grain and their…

Please Forgive Me

Scripture: Nehemiah 9:16-21 Psalm 130:1-4 Matthew 6:9-15 We have now entered the second week of the Season of Lent. Lent is a time of prayer, penitence, and almsgiving. Today we shall look at penitence. Penitence is a holy sorrow and the asking for forgiveness for sin and fundamentally changing our behavior. Unfortunately, none of us is exempt from the possibility of sin. John reminds us that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the…

When You Pray

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 17:20 Psalm 25:4-6 John 17:20-25 As we journey through the Season of Lent we will focus on prayer, penitence, and almsgiving. Today we will focus on prayer. The sermon this morning includes some thoughts, some scriptural teachings, and hopefully some things that will stimulate your thinking during the following week. It is NOT everything you always wanted to know about prayer. That would take us a lifetime. As we gather in worship every Lord’s Day, we begin…

Inside Out

Scripture: Exodus 24:9-18 Psalm 93:1-2 Matthew 17:1-8 Have you ever wondered what God looks like? That kind of questioning didn’t just begin recently. It harks back to recorded time. Humans have always had a problem worshiping an invisible God, so through the generations people have created gods that can be seen and touched. They have created gods made of wood and stone and precious metal. It is quite possible that Jesus knew that at least a core group of his…