Messages (Page 2)

Messages (Page 2)

Finding Joy in the Journey

Pastor Wayne continues this series, “Are We There Yet?” with this sermon, “Finding Joy in the Journey.” We’re not there yet. But we’re getting closer. Joy is part of our journey as we sing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come” but sometimes that joy is elusive because we are grieving. Regardless, the joy of the Lord is present even when we may not be aware of it. God is always present with us in our joy and our…

Finding Hope in the Desert

The secular world encourages us to seek Christmas earlier and earlier each year. But the hope of Christmas, the hope that Advent encourages us to seek, is not found in the halls of commerce. In his sermon this morning, this morning of the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Wayne introduces us to John the Baptist, a prophet who “makes the way straight” for the coming of the Lord, but who will never be found on a Hallmark Christmas Card. The…

Choosing a Journey of Peace

Happy New Year! Well, it is if you’re looking at the church calendar. This is the first Sunday of Advent. We begin the preparations, not for the coming of a baby in the manger, but for the coming of our Messiah, Emmanuel, God made flesh… or, as Eugene Peters phrases it in The Message, “God put on skin and moved into the neighborhood.” Pastor Wayne’s message today is based on Isaiah 2:1-5 with a reference to Matthew 24:36-44. We’ll explore…

Disciples Give Ultimate Allegiance to Christ

On this Christ the King/Thanksgiving/Pledge Sunday, Pastor Wayne asks us to consider what it means to put Christ first in our lives. Colossians 1:11-20 is the scripture. This message signals the conclusion of the liturgical church year and this series, “What Disciples Do.”

Disciples Take Their Faith Public

Isaiah 65:17-25 offers a description of the Kingdom of God. Join Pastor Wayne as he explores how this “Kingdom yet to come” is more than a future reality, it is part of what we should be striving for as the Body of Christ.

Disciples Wrestle With God

Have you ever wrestled with a decision? Have you ever felt the weight of the world upon your shoulders? Pastor Wayne uses the text in Genesis 32:22-31 to compare Jacob wrestling with God to our modern lives.

Disciples Practice Generosity

In his letter to Timothy, Paul suggests that disciples of Jesus are generous with what they have. This generosity is in line with the gift that God has given us in Christ Jesus. Pastor Wayne invites you to come and explore 1 Timothy 6:6-19 in today’s message.

Disciples Take Faith Seriously

Does Jesus expect anything from me? Is the goal of Christianity to be happy? In today’s Gospel Lesson from Luke 14:25-33, Jesus has some hard words for us to hear about what is expected from those who follow him. In this first sermon of the series “What Disciples Do,” Pastor Wayne helps us to understand the cost of following Jesus.