Sermons & Worship by Rev. Louise Barger (Page 4)

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

Let My People Go

Scripture: Exodus 5:1-14 Psalm 22 (Excerpts from Psalms/Now) Matthew 5:13-16 President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear; courage is action in spite of fear.” The people that we shall look at today were not without fear, but in spite of the danger to their very lives they were faithful to God and to their moral compass. They stepped up to follow God’s bidding, follow what was the right thing to do, follow what was morally…

Go Where I Send Thee

Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 59:9-12,16-17; Acts 16:1-10 The people in the stories of today could not be more different in their background, in their preparation, and in their environment. Jeremiah was a youth who was called by God to become a prophet to the people of Israel. The nation of Israel had strayed so far away from a life that reflected the worship of Yahweh that they now worshiped the idols of Baal, including burning their children as offerings. The…

“Ain’t I a Woman?”

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-9 Psalm 115:1-2 Galatians 5:1 Slavery has existed for millennia.  It has affected all races, genders, and age groups. The Code of Hammurabi, dating about 1758 BC codified the institution of slavery.  A number of countries in the Middle East adopted parts of that Code. It would have been about 1500 BC when Moses led the Hebrews in their escape from slavery in Egypt. The first slaves to arrive in America was a group of 20 people who…

Wilderness Days

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:11-18; Psalm 40:1-3; Matthew 4:1-11 This account of the wilderness experience of Jesus is different from any other account in the Gospels. It is different because Jesus was the only one who was present except for the adversary. It occurs straightaway after His baptism by John the Baptizer and immediately after the heavens had been opened to him and he heard the voice of God saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Alone,…

From Carpenter Shop to Cross

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:8-11; Psalm 29:1-2 (Psalms Now); Mark 1:4-11 For each one of us there are those “ah ha” moments that happen, those events that happen, those insights that come to us, those decisions that we make, that have the possibility of changing the direction of our lives forever. We have an epiphany; we make a great discovery about ourselves or about our goals in life. Maybe it was about where you are going to live. Maybe it was…

Letters from Prison

Scripture: Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8; Psalm 92:1-4; Philippians 1:27-29 Justice, justice! Where there is no justice there is no peace. Where there is no justice, the people perish. Generation after generation after generation finds individuals whom God calls out to speak words of truth to the generation in which they live. Those who bring the message of the displeasure of God about how the people or the society is acting are often martyred for their unpopular message. We might just…

A Holy Visitation

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-9; Psalm 19:1-4; Matthew 2:1-12 January 6 is the observance of the Day of Epiphany, the Day of Discovery, on the Christian calendar when the Magi came to Bethlehem to worship Jesus. Today we celebrate with the rest of the Christian Church on the Sunday closest to that date. Matthew recorded the events of that visit for all who would read his Gospel writing, but the prophet Isaiah foretold what would happen some 600 years earlier. Matthew validated…