Sermons & Worship from 2022

Overcoming Giants

I Samuel 17:4-10,40-45; Psalm 59:1-8, 16-17; Philippians 4:4-7 Israel had a problem. His name was Goliath. He stood 10 feet tall and morning and evening, day by day, he came out to meet the army of Israel. This giant of a man carried on his body He was a one-man war machine. Israel was not unaccustomed to great trials. They had escaped from Egypt. They had survived as a nation in the face of hunger and thirst and serpents and…

The Justice Formula

Scripture: Zechariah 7:9-10; Psalm 145:14-21; Matthew 11:1-6 John the Baptist was in a Roman prison awaiting certain execution. John was the cousin of Jesus through his mother Elizabeth and Mary the mother of Jesus. John had been the one chosen by God to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus and the message that Jesus would proclaim. How could John ever have imagined that he would find himself in prison for speaking truth to power? For sure, John was…

God’s Vision Can Surprise Us

Scripture: Jeremiah 33:1-3; Psalm 62:5-8; Acts 10:1-8 We need to know the stories of our faith, the stories of those who have gone before us. We need to know the We need to Even though Jesus had referred to Peter as a “rock,” sometimes that rock was not as strong as we might think it was. Most often we read about But Peter would continue to struggle with who he was and with whom he was to become. When Dorcus…

Building with Quality

Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 3:9-13; Psalm 66:1-9; Ephesians 2:19-22 Well, here we are. It’s the last great holiday weekend of the summer and it’s celebrated with sunscreen, water sports, the last weekend at the lake, and another day to sleep in. Somehow the entrepreneurs haven’t figured out how to get us to buy Labor Day cards and Labor Day gifts…yet. While Labor Day does not mark one of the Christian holidays, there is every biblical reason to understand that our labor, and…

Ordinary Instruments; Magnificent Music

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 150; Matthew 16:13-17 The person who has become known as one of the greatest makers of violins who ever lived was Stradivari. There was also Guarneri, but not as well known. For all of the years since the death of Stradivari, makers of violins have tried to discover his secrets. One of his violins is in a museum in Italy. It is locked in a case that has temperature and humidity controls so that it can…

Hope in Action

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-10; Psalm 139:1-6; Hebrews 3:1-13 God never leaves God’s people without a leader. Joshua is set apart by God to lead the Hebrews in the wilderness after the death of Moses. Moses had brought the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and had led them for 40 years during their wandering in the desert. After the 40 years had passed, a new generation of people now had an identity as God’s people. The time in the desert had…

Changed or Transformed

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-10; Psalm 146:8-10; Romans 12:1-3 When we look at any of the writings of the prophets, we are reminded about how difficult the people of God found it to be faithful in their relationship which they had established with God through the Covenant of the Law. Their greatest difficulty seems to have been with the commandments that were given to maintain that relationship with Yahweh, namely, the ones that God declared to them, saying, I am the Lord…

Well-Placed Hope

Scripture: Lamentations 3:19-24; Psalm 33:1-4; Romans 5:1-5 There is a familiar saying, “What was old is new again.” Today’s text from Lamentations is old, about the result of the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah as a whole by Babylon, and it is new again as we witness the war and devastation in this present day. We have already talked about the return and the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, but we must not forget what the people lived through…

Bargaining with God

Scripture: Psalm 85; Genesis 18:20-32; Luke 11:1-13 Everyone loves a bargain. The springing up of “outlet malls” all over the country in the 1980s and 90s gives testimony to that. Probably all of us can think of some great bargains we got over the years. There was a time some years ago that Jan would go to every household sale and auction she could find – she loved the give and take of it – it was her weekend entertainment.…

A Mind to Work

Scripture: Nehemiah 1:1-4; 2:1-6; 4:6; Psalm 137:1-6; Acts 13:1-3 The Classified Ad might have read: Position open for structural engineer to design and oversee construction of a protective wall, including sturdy gates that cannot be breached by intruders, around the city of Jerusalem. Local laborers are available but will need to be trained since none of them have any experience in wall construction. Materials for construction will include stone and timber. Stone is available locally, but timber will need to…