Messages on Love
Seeing the Glory
The world is in a dark place as we gather for worship this morning. Russia is invading Ukraine because Vladimir Putin is consumed with power and the desire to recreate the Soviet Union no matter the cost. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Our Gospel lesson is Luke 9:28-36. It is the story of the transfiguration of Jesus, a moment of transformation that was seen by some of the disciples as Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus…
The Greatest of These
Our Scripture this morning is 1 Corinthians 13, known as the love chapter. It is probably one of the most famous chapters in all of the New Testament. It is also one of the most misunderstood chapters of scripture. Paul was writing to a church that he dearly loved. It was a church in turmoil over what was important. Paul’s instruction was that the only thing that is important to a disciple is that love must be the foundation for…
In the story of the Transfiguration, Jesus is changed and the disciples are astounded. The voice from heaven says “this is my son, the beloved, listen to him!” Our scritpures this morning are 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; and Mark 9:2-9. What does is mean to “listen to Jesus?” Join us in this service of worship from Transfiguration Sunday 2021, February 14.
What’s Love Got To Do With It?
In 1984, the Queen of Rock, Ms. Tina Turner asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Pastor Wayne explores this question as he looks at Matthew 22:34-40. The greatest commandment is to love God with heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We can all admit that this is easy to say, but difficult to practice.
To the Lost Sheep
On this 16th day of August, we continue with the third Sunday in the series “Because God.” Our Gospel lesson, Matthew 15:21-28, is a difficult passage to hear. .. and a difficult passage to read and understand. Jesus is rude to the Canaanite woman who seeks help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon. There is no denying this fact. Jesus calls her a dog. But she persists. And Jesus offers her grace and healing. We don’t have…
By His Wounds
On this 4th Sunday of Easter, Pastor Wayne explores the hope that comes from trusting God. He invites us to accept the healing that comes from that trust. The text is 1 Peter 2:19-25. You can download an order of worship here.
Listen to Him!
Matthew 17:1-9 describes what is celebrated as the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a mountaintop. While they are there, Jesus is surrounded by a bright light and is joined by Moses and Elijah. The disciples are amazed and a voice calls out, “This is my Son whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him! (Matthew 17:5b, Common English Bible)” Join Pastor Wayne as he shares what it means to listen to…
Doubt, Faith and Hope
Have you ever thought about the relationship between doubt, faith, and hope? In this sermon on Hebrews 11:1-16, Pastor Wayne leads us on a visit to the Faith Hall of Fame. He shows us how doubt, faith, and hope all combined to help these people of great faith do what God called them to do. He also warns us to the curse of certainty in our beliefs.
An Unexpected Change of Menu
Have you ever heard the phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before?” Pastor Wayne explains that this deadly phrase has been around since the beginning of the Church as he shares the story of Peter’s report to the church leaders in Jerusalem who question him regarding the events in the home of Cornelius. Another sermon in the “Surprise! The Unexpected Acts of God” series as we cruise toward Pentecost.
What does it mean to imitate Christ? Pastor Wayne talks about that in his sermon today.