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Our Scriptures this morning from Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42 have to do with water. In Exodus, the water is necessary for life. In John, the water is necessary for living life abundantly. The water is living water that goes beyond the need for sustenance. This morning, we don’t offer a recording of the sermon. Because of the Coronavirus scare, we offer a video of the modified Morning Prayer and Praise service that we conducted this morning with no congregation.…
What does it mean to be “born again?” What does it mean to trust completely in God’s work in our life? How does this concept of being “born again” mean that we give up our control issues, let go and let God be in control? Join us as Pastor Wayne explores Nicodemus and his in the night encounter with Jesus found in John 3:1-17.
This morning we start a new sermon series for Lent that we are calling “Boot Camp for the Soul.” Boot camp devalues the “I” while emphasizing the “we.” Lent is like bootcamp in that it helps us to see the need for change in our life and our relationships. Join Pastor Wayne as he helps us understand the need for change as we explore Matthew 4:1-11.
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…
“I planted. Apollos watered. But God gives the growth.” God makes ministry and spiritual growth happen… sometimes (alright, most of the time) in spite of us. Join us for this look at 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 as Pastor Wayne completes this sermon series: Somos del Señor, We Belong to God.“
Living our faith in relationship to Jesus Christ. That is how we demonstrate that Jesus is more than a concept to us. It’s the real thing… no doubt about it. Join us as Pastor Wayne explores 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 and the concept of living out our faith in a way that makes other folks want what we have… a relationship to the living “Christ and him crucified.”
“Consider your own call, brothers and sisters…” This is the advice that Paul gave to the church at Corinth. It is the advice that he gives to us today. The cross of Christ is foolishness to a world that is hung up on status and prestige, but to a follower of Jesus it is the source of strength and power as we are enabled to transform the world in which we live and love.
Division. It’s been a problem from the very beginning. Factions and allegiances take center stage when Jesus should be our focus… not my focus, but our focus. All of us. Together. In today’s scripture reading, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Paul urges the church at Corinth to be of the same mind and the same purpose and not let division rule the day.
Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth is written to a church that is struggling with division. In the lectionary text for today (1 Corinthians 1:1-9), Pastor Wayne reviews how Paul reminds the people who he is and whose they are. This marks the beginning of our sermon series, “Somos del Señor – We belong to God” that will take us through to February 16. Please note: we apologize for the hum in the background that is affecting the…
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, NRSV) Baptism… being adopted into the family of God, the family where Christ is our brother and we are beloved children. This morning we come to the waters to remember our baptism. We come to remember the promises that we made in our vows before God at baptism or at confirmation.