Messages by Wayne Cook

Messages by Wayne Cook

Our Mission: Make Disciples

This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus to heaven 40 days after the Resurrection. Our Scriptures are Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 1; Ephesians 1:15-23; and Luke 24:44-53. Pastor Wayne’s sermon reflects on the significance of Ascension Sunday and the message conveyed through the Apostle’s Creed, emphasizing the physicality of Jesus’s existence and his ascension into heaven. It highlights the Great Commission as a call to action for all Christians, emphasizing the responsibilities of discipleship and the importance of loving and…

We Love One Another

We continue our look at how we are to live following the resurrection in this sermon from May 5, 2024. The scriptures are:Acts 10:44-48Psalm 981 John 5:1-6John 15:9-17

Viniculture for Dummies

Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NRSVUE).  Join us as we explore this “I AM” saying of Jesus. Acts 8:26-40Psalm 22:25-311 John 4:7-21John 15:1-8

Gentle Shepherd

On this 4th Sunday of Easter, we look at the image of the Good Shepherd. Our readings are: Acts 4:5-12Psalm 231 John 3:16-24John 10:11-18

Eating with a Ghost

Scriptures this week are:Acts 3:12-19Psalm 41 John 3:1-7Luke 24:36-48 In this sermon delivered by Pastor Wayne, he reflects on a post-resurrection appearance of Jesus as recounted in Luke’s Gospel. The disciples, filled with fear, grief, and shame after Jesus’ crucifixion, find themselves huddled together, trying to make sense of their world turned upside down. Suddenly, Jesus appears among them, dispelling their terror with words of peace. He invites them to touch him, grounding them in the reality of his resurrection.…

We Walk in the Light

Easter changes everything! So how does this change relate to us? We turn to the epistle of 1 John for the next few weeks. Join us on the journey.

Easter 2024

The story of the Resurrection as found in Mark 16:1-8 seems incomplete. The women leave the garden because they are frightened and they told no one. It seems incomplete because no one did anything. But is that the story that Mark wanted to convey?  Perhaps the emphasis is on the fact that they did nothing because there was nothing to be done. God had done it all. Death was vanquished. Hope was restored. We join with millions around the world declaring “Christ…

Loving the Light

The sermon on John 3:1-21, delivered by Pastor Wayne, delves into the symbolism of Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night, exploring the themes of darkness as spiritual blindness and the transition from ignorance to understanding. Nicodemus represents those who question Jesus and struggle with his teachings, yet also embodies the journey of seeking truth and enlightenment. The sermon emphasizes the need for believers to confront their spiritual blindness and expand their understanding of God’s teachings. Nicodemus’s nighttime visit symbolizes the…

Turning Tables

The scriptures for today are: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; andJohn 2:13-22 In Pastor Wayne’s sermon, he juxtaposes the idealized image of the Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with the harsh reality of the region’s puppy mills. He challenges the theological justifications for animal exploitation while weaving in an allegorical story about the creation of dogs and cats to highlight the unique bond between humans and animals. Transitioning from this exploration of human-animal relationships, Pastor Wayne delves…

For the Sake of the Gospel

This sermon offers a profound reflection on the nature of discipleship and the essence of Christian faith as portrayed in Mark 8:31-38. Here’s an analysis of its key points: 1. **Peter’s Misunderstanding**: The sermon begins by highlighting Peter’s misconception of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Peter, like many Jews of his time, expected a triumphant, conquering Messiah who would deliver Israel from its oppressors. However, Jesus redefines the role of the Messiah, emphasizing suffering, rejection, and ultimately, resurrection. 2. **Conflict…