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Digging the Chasm - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitchell Hay Gospel Lesson                                                                                      Luke 16:19-31 Now there was a certain rich man, and he used to don a purple robe and fine linen and make merry every day in splendid fashion. And a certain destitute man by the name of Lazarus had been laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to have his hunger sated with the things falling from the rich man’s table; and instead, the dogs came and licked at his sores. And it happened that the poor man died and was carried off by the angels into the Vale of Abraham; but the rich man also died and was entombed. And lifting up his eyes in Hades, being in torment, he sees Abraham far off and Lazarus in his vales. And calling out he said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and might cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that you received your good things during your life, and Lazarus in the same way the bad things; and now he is comforted here and you are in torment. And, besides all that, a great chasm has been firmly fixed between us and you, so that those wishing to pass to you from here cannot, nor may anyone cross over from there to here.” And he said, “Then I ask you, father, that you might send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers; thus he might bear witness to them, so they might not also come to this place of torment.” But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them.” But he said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone should go to them from the dead, they will change their hearts.” But he said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded even if someone should arise from the dead.”
21:36
September 26, 2022
What, what? - Sermon
A Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                         Luke 16:1-13 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly, for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone they may welcome you into the eternal homes. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If, then, you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
19:30
September 23, 2022
In the Potter's Hands
A Sermon by Rev. Barbara Lemmel and Rev. Mitchell Hay Hebrew Scripture                                                       Jeremiah 18:1-6 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Epistle Lesson                                                           Hebrews 13:1-3, 15-16 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies . . . Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
19:41
September 12, 2022
Mobius Stripped - Sermon
A Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay GOSPEL LESSON                                             Luke 13:10-17 One Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues.  There was a woman there who for eighteen years had a sickness caused by a spirit.  She was bent double, quite incapable of standing up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are free of your infirmity.”  He laid his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight and began thanking God. The head of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, “There are six days for working.  Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.” Jesus said in reply, “You hypocrites! Which of you doesn’t let your ox or your donkey out of the stall on the Sabbath to water it?  This daughter of Sarah and Abraham has been in the bondage of Satan for eighteen years.  Shouldn’t she have been released from her shackles on the Sabbath?” At these words, Jesus’ opponents were humiliated; meanwhile, everyone else rejoiced at the marvels Jesus was accomplishing.
24:54
September 12, 2022
Being Reconciled - Sermon
A Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Epistle                                                                        Colossians 1:15-20 Christ is the image of the unseen God, and the firstborn of all creation; for in Christ were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and invisible, Thrones, Dominions, Sovereignties, Powers— all things were created through Christ and for Christ. Before anything was created, Christ existed, and all things hold together in Christ. The church is the body; Christ is its head. Christ is the Beginning, the firstborn from the dead, and so Christ is first in every way. God wanted all perfection to be found in Christ, and all things to be reconciled to God through Christ— everything in heaven and everything on earth— when Christ made peace by dying on the cross. Gospel Lesson                                                            Luke 10:38-42 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
21:03
July 25, 2022
The Compassionate Loophole - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Hebrew Scripture Lesson                         Amos 7:7-8 This is what God showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people . . . Gospel Lesson                                        Luke 10:25-37 An expert on the law stood up to put Jesus to the test and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The expert on the Law replied: “You must love the Most High God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you’ll live.” But the expert on the law, seeking self-justification, pressed Jesus further: “And just who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “There was a traveler going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, who fell prey to robbers. The traveler was beaten, stripped naked, and left half-dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road; the priest saw the traveler lying beside the road, but passed by on the other side. Likewise there was a Levite who came the same way; this one, too, saw the afflicted traveler and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was taking the same road, also came upon the traveler and, filled with compassion, approached the traveler and dressed the wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then the Samaritan put the wounded person on a donkey, went straight to an inn and there took care of the injured one. The next day the Samaritan took out two silver pieces and gave them to the innkeeper with the request, ‘Look after this person, and if there is any further expense, I’ll repay you on the way back.’ Which one of these three, in your opinion, was the neighbor to the traveler who fell in with the robbers?” The answer came, “The one who showed compassion.” Jesus replied, “Then go and do the same.”
22:22
July 11, 2022
Sermon by Reverend Karen Skalla
Gospel Lesson                                             Luke 9:51-62 As the time approached when he was to be taken from this world, Jesus firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem, and sent messengers on ahead.  These entered a Samaritan town to make preparations, but the Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because his destination was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Would you not have us call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” Jesus turned toward them only to reprimand them.  Then they set off for another town. As they were making their way along, someone said to Jesus, “I will be your follower wherever you go.”  Jesus replied, “The foxes have lairs, the birds of the sky have nests, but the Chosen One has nowhere to rest.”  To another Jesus said, “Come after me.”  This one replied, ”Let me bury my father first.”  Jesus said in return, ”Let the dead bury their dead; come away and proclaim the reign of God.”  Yet another approached Jesus in this way, “I will be your follower, but first let me take leave of my people at home.”  Jesus answered, “Whoever puts a hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”
14:17
June 28, 2022
Holy Trinity, Batman! - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Hebrew Scripture Lesson                                             Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. The Lord created me at the beginning of God’s work, the first of God’s acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth— when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When God established the heavens, I was there, when God drew a circle on the face of the deep, when God made firm the skies above, when God established the fountains of the deep, when God assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when God marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside the Lord, like a master worker; and I was daily God’s delight, rejoicing before the Lord always, rejoicing in God’s inhabited world and delighting in the human race. Epistle                                                                            Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we are vindicated by faithfulness, we have peace before God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Gospel Lesson                                                                John 16:12-15 I have much more to tell you, but you can’t bear to hear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, she will guide you into all truth. She won’t speak on her own initiative; rather, she’ll speak only what she hears, and she’ll announce to you things that are to come. In doing this, the Spirit will give glory to me, for she will take what is mine and reveal it to you. Everything that Abba God has belongs to me. That is why I said that the Spirit will take what is mine and reveal it to you.
13:33
June 14, 2022
Babel Upside Down - Sermon
A Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Hebrew Scripture                                                                 Genesis 11:1-9 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and fire them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth, and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. New Testament Lesson                                                          Acts 2:1-11. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every people under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”
16:37
June 06, 2022
Despite Ourselves - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson  John 14:25-27 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom Abba will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." New Testament Lesson   Acts 16:9-15 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us. Gospel Lesson John 5:1-9 After this there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
17:48
June 03, 2022
What We Need Is Here - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Epistle Lesson                                                          Revelation 21:1-6 Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away, and the sea existed no longer. I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God, beautiful as a bride and groom on their wedding day. And I heard a loud voice calling from the throne, “Look! God’s Tabernacle is among humankind! God will live with them; they will be God’s people, and God will be fully present among them. The Most High will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death, mourning, crying and pain will be no more, for the old order has fallen. The One who sat on the throne said, "Look! I'm making everything new!" and added, "Write this, for what I am saying is trustworthy and true." And that One continued, "It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To those who are thirsty I will give drink freely from the spring of the water of life." Gospel Lesson                                                      John 13:31-33a; 34-35 Jesus said: “Now is the Chosen One glorified and God is glorified as well. If God has been glorified, God will in turn glorify the Chosen One and will do so very soon. My little children, I will not be with you much longer. I give you a new commandment: Love one another. And you are to love each other the way I have loved you. This is how all will know that you are my disciples: that you truly love one another.”
18:48
May 16, 2022
Come, Have Breakfast - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel Gospel Lesson                                 John 21:1-17 (NRSV) After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep."
16:26
May 04, 2022
FOMO - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                        John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.' But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.' A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.' Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
19:54
April 25, 2022
Easter Improv - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Epistle Lesson                                                                  Colossians 3:1-4 So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from Christ's perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. Christ is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you.   (The Message) Gospel Lesson                                                                  Luke 24:1-12 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two beings in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but they said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
18:06
April 25, 2022
That Ain't News - Sermon
A Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay. Gospel                                                                        Lesson Luke 19:28 40 Having said this, Jesus went ahead with the ascent to Jerusalem. Approaching Bethphage and Bethany, near what is called the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples with these instructions: Go into the village ahead of you. Upon entering it, you’ll find a tethered colt that no one has yet ridden. Untie it and lead it back. If anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Rabbi needs it.’” They departed on their errand and found things just as Jesus had said. As they untied the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you doing that?” They explained that the Rabbi needed it. Then the disciples led the animal to Jesus and, laying their cloaks on it, helped him mount. People spread their cloaks on the roadway as Jesus rode along. As they reached the descent from the Mount of Olives, the entire crowd of disciples joined them and began to rejoice and praise God loudly for the display of power they had seen, saying, “Bless ed is the One who comes in the name of our God! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!”  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replied, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the very stones would cry out!”
15:46
April 16, 2022
Too-Late Love Letter: Part Two - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel. Hebrew Scripture                                                   Isaiah 43:16-21 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise. Gospel Lesson                                  Luke 15:11-32  Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”
11:12
April 07, 2022
Too-Late Love Letter: Part One - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay Epistle                                                                       2 Corinthians 5:16-21 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Gospel Lesson    Luke 15:11-32  Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”
19:37
April 07, 2022
Thirsty - Sermon
A sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel Hebrew Scripture                                              Isaiah 55:1-9 Ho, everyone who thirsts,    come to the waters; and you that have no money,    come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk    without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,    and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,    and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me;    listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant,    my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples,    a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know,    and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,    for God has glorified you. Seek the Lord while God may be found,    call upon God while God is near; let the wicked forsake their way,    and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that God may have mercy on them,    and to our God, for God will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts,    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,    so are my ways higher than your ways    and my thoughts than your thoughts. Gospel Lesson                                                        Luke 13:6-9 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
15:23
April 07, 2022
Out of the Depths - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                             Luke 13:31-35 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
20:21
March 17, 2022
Heavy Light - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay and Rev. Barb Lemmel Scripture Readings Torah Lesson                                                                     Exodus 34:29-31 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Gospel Lesson                                                                   Luke 9:28-36 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. Choir   This Is My Beloved Son                 Knut Nystedt He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
20:43
February 28, 2022
One Love at a Time - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                Luke 6:27-38 But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, And praise those who curse you. Praise those who curse you. Pray for those who abuse you. When one slaps you on the cheek, Offer the other cheek as well. From one who takes your coat, Do not withhold your shirt. To all who ask you, Give what you have. From one who takes what is yours, Ask nothing back. As you wish people to do for you, Do for them. If you love those who love you, what grace is yours? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, What grace is yours? Sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope return, what grace is yours? Even sinners lend to sinners for a like return. But love your enemies and do good, And when you loan, ask nothing in return. Your reward will be great. You will be the children of the highest. God is kind to the ungrateful as God is to the cunning. Be compassionate as your father is compassionate. Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and you will be given. A good measure of wheat shaken, packed down And overflowing will be placed in your lap, Since the measure of what you give Will be the measure of your return.
18:40
February 15, 2022
Let Down Your Nets - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay and Rev. Barb Lemmel Hebrew Scripture                                                      Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;   the whole earth is full of his glory.’ The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ Gospel Lesson                                                           Luke 5:1-11 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
19:20
February 07, 2022
Love Shack, Baby - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay and Rev. Barb Lemmel Epistle Lesson                                                                    1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. Gospel Lesson                                                                   Luke 4:21-30 Then Jesus began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
21:34
February 04, 2022
Begin. Belong. Become. - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay and Rev. Barb Lemmel Gospel Lesson  Luke 4:14-21 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
18:07
February 02, 2022
Don't Panic - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                                     1 Corinthians 12:1-11 What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony idol to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit. God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but the self-same God is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: wise counsel clear understanding simple trust healing the sick miraculous acts proclamation distinguishing between spirits tongues interpretation of tongues. But it is one and the same Spirit who produces all these gifts, and distributes them as She wills.     MSG, mod.
20:21
January 18, 2022
Rare Sightings - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
19:20
January 10, 2022
Home by Another Way - Sermon
Sermon by Sarah Harbaugh Gospel Lesson                                       Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,  are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler  who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
13:17
January 05, 2022
No Borders - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                       Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Now after [the magi] had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”
17:57
December 29, 2021
No Room? - Sermon
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay
51:41
December 29, 2021
Seeking Sanctuary - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                          Luke 1:39-55 NRSV Within a few days Mary set out and hurried to the hill country to a town of Judah, where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice, she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why am I so favored, that the mother of the Messiah should come to me? The moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who believed that what our God said to her would be accomplished!” Mary said: My soul magnifies you, O God and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior. For you have looked with favor upon your lowly servant, and from this day forward all generations will call me blessed. For you, the Almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your Name. Your mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear you. You have shown strength with your arm; you have scattered the proud in their conceit; you have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. You have filled the hungry with good things, while you have sent the rich away empty. You have come to the aid of Israel your servant, mindful of your mercy– the promise you made to our ancestors– to Sarah and Abraham and their descendants forever.
17:29
December 20, 2021
A Home for All - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                                            Luke 3:1-6, 10-16 NRSV In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,    make God’s paths straight. Every valley shall be filled,    and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,    and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation and be satisfied with your wages.” As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
19:31
December 14, 2021
Laying the Foundation - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                    Selections from Luke 1 After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived and gave birth to a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard that God had been merciful to her, they shared her joy. When all had assembled for the circumcision on the eighth day, they intended to name the baby after his father Zechariah. But his mother spoke up, “No, he is to be called John.” They pointed out to her, “But no one in your family has this name.” Then they made signs to the father to find out what he wanted the child to be named. The father asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” They were all astonished. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God.  All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.   Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,     who has looked favorably on the people and redeemed them. God has raised up a mighty savior for us    in the house of David, as God spoke through the mouth of the holy prophets from of old,    that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus God has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,    and has remembered the holy covenant, the oath that God swore to our ancestor Abraham,    to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness    before God all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;    for you will go before the Lord to prepare God’s ways, to give knowledge of salvation to God’s people    by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God,    the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”  The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.
14:09
December 06, 2021
Autocrat, Despot, Strongman, King - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                    John 18:33-38 So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and spoke to Jesus. “Are you the King of the Jews?” he asked. “Was it your idea to ask that?” asked Jesus. “Or did other people tell you about me?” “Am I Jewish?” retorted Pilate. “Your nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me! What’ve you done?” “My kingdom isn’t the sort that grows in this world,” replied Jesus. “If my kingdom were from this world, my supporters would have fought to stop me me being handed over to the authorities. But for now, my kingdom is not the sort that comes from here.” “So!” said Pilate. “You are a king, then?” “You’re the one who’s calling me a king.” replied Jesus. “I was born for this; I’ve come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” “Truth?” said Pilate. “What is truth?” With those words, he went back out to the hand-picked crowd.
28:45
November 30, 2021
Far from the Home of Myself - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                                                           Luke 21:25-36 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Epistle                                                                       1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
21:16
November 29, 2021
Lessons from a Dry Stone Wall - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Epistle                                                                       Philippians 1:3-11 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does! So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.”                                                                                                                                                                                 The Message Translation
20:12
November 15, 2021
All of Me - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Hebrew Scripture   Micah 6:6-8 “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before God with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Gospel Lesson                                                Mark 12:38-13:2 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
16:19
November 08, 2021
Hesed, She Said - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Scripture Reading                                                 Ruth 1:1-18 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food . . . But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.” But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!” When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
17:22
November 02, 2021
From Wayside to the Way - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Gospel Lesson                              Mark 10:46-52 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, bar-Timaeus, son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So, throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you wish that I might do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabbouni, that I might see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you whole.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the road.
17:42
October 25, 2021
The One Thing - Sermon
Sermon - The One Thing by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay. Scripture Reading               Mark 10:17-31 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, 'Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.”’ He said to him, ‘'Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, 'Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’ Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
28:23
October 18, 2021
When There Are No Words - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Scripture Reading   Job 1:1, 2:1-13, 3:1, Robert Alter translation A man there was in the land of Uz— Job his name. And the man was blameless and upright and feared God and shunned evil . . . And one day, the sons of God came to stand in attendance before YHWH, and the Adversary, too, came among them to stand in attendance before YHWH. And YHWH said to the Adversary, “From whence do you come?” And the Adversary answered YHWH and said, “From roaming the earth and walking about in it.” And YHWH said to the Adversary, “Have you paid heed to My servant Job, for there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and shuns evil and still clings to his innocence, and you incited Me against him to destroy him for nothing.” And the Adversary answered YHWH and said, “Skin for skin! A man will give all he has for his own life. Yet, reach out, pray, Your hand and strike his bone and his flesh. Will he not curse You to your face?” And YHWH said to the Adversary, “Here he is in your hands. Only preserve his life.” And the Adversary went out from before YHWH’s presence. And he struck Job with a grievous burning rash from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself with, and he was sitting among the ashes.  And his wife said to him, “Do you still cling to your innocence?  Curse God and die.” And he said to her, “You speak as one of those base women would speak.  Shall we accept the good from God, too, and evil we shall not accept?” With all this, Job did not offend with his lips. And Job’s three companions heard of all this harm that had come upon him, and they came . . . to grieve with him and to comfort him . . . And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that the pain was very great. Afterward, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
20:54
October 04, 2021
Cutting Remarks - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Reading Gospel Lesson                                Mark 9:38-50 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to the Anointed will by no means lose their reward. “If anyone puts a stumbling block before one of these little ones who have faith, it would be better for them if a great millstone were hung around their neck and to be thrown into the sea. “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life limping than to have two feet and to be cast into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the Realm of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be flung into Gehenna, where their worm never dies, and the fire is not quenched. “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Keep the salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.”
18:35
September 27, 2021
Wisdom for the Real World - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Barb Lemmel and Rev. Mitch Hay Readings Psalm 1:1-3                Nancy C. Merill translation Blessed are those     who walk hand in hand with goodness,     who stand beside virtue,     who sit in the seat of truth; For their delight is in the Spirit of Love,     and in Love’s heart they dwell     day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water,     that yield fruit in due season,     and their leaves flourish; And in all that they do, they give life. New Testament Lesson             James 3:13-18 (TIB translation) If there are any wise and learned among you, let them show it by good living—with humility, and with wisdom in their actions. But if you have the bitterness of jealousy or self-seeking ambition in your hearts, be careful or you’ll find yourself becoming arrogant and covering up the truth with lies. This kind of “wisdom” doesn’t come from above. It is earthbound, unspiritual, and demonic. Where there is jealousy and ambition, there is also disharmony and wickedness of every kind. The wisdom from above has purity as its essence. It works for peace; it’s gentle and willing to yield. It’s full of compassion and shows itself by doing good. Nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
17:38
September 20, 2021
Ain't Nothing Like An Uppity Woman - Sermon
Sermon by Mitchell Hay and Barbara Lemmel Reading: Mark 7:24-30
19:26
September 06, 2021
The Voice of the Turtle is Heard in the Land - Sermon
Sermon by Mitchell Hay and Barbara Lemmel Readings: James 1:17-25 and Song of Songs 2:8-13
29:02
August 30, 2021
The Embodied Body of Christ - Sermon
Sermon by Alyssa Burleson and Sarah Harbaugh Reading: Romans 12:1-8
19:14
August 30, 2021
Judo Faith - Sermon
Sermon by Mitchell Hay and Barbara Lemmel Readings: Ephesians 6:10-20
21:51
August 16, 2021
Beloved Community, Redux - Sermon
Sermon by Mitch Hay and Barb Lemmel Reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
17:13
August 09, 2021
Above All, Through All, In All - Sermon
Sermon by Mitch Hay and Barb Lemmel Reading: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16, 21-24
17:34
August 09, 2021
I Can Imagine a Lot - Sermon
Sermon by Mitchell Hay and Barbara Lemmel Readings: Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21
14:58
July 28, 2021
Tear Down This Wall - Sermon
Sermon by Barbara Lemmel and Mitchell Hay Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22
25:36
July 20, 2021
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: We're Yours - Sermon
Sermon by Barbara Lemmel and Mitchell Hay Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
19:48
July 12, 2021
Self Evident - Sermon
Sermon by Barbara Lemmel and Mitchell Hay Readings: Luke 9:51-62
19:13
July 05, 2021
The Mystery of Miracles - Sermon
Sermon by Alyssa Burleson Readings - Lamentations 3:22-33 and Mark 5:21-43
15:51
June 28, 2021
For You Are With Me - Sermon
Sermon by Sarah Harbaugh Readings - Psalm 91, Mark 4:35-41
13:03
June 20, 2021
Wherever You Go There You Are - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor  Readings - Matthew 14:22-33 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
23:33
June 13, 2021
Seek Ye First - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Dominic Mejia Readings: Micah 6:1-8 and Luke 12:22-32
21:19
June 07, 2021
Passing the Peace - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:        Matthew 28:16-20 New Testament:      2 Corinthians 13:11-13
16:37
May 30, 2021
In One Voice - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:       Genesis 11:1-9 New Testament:    Acts 2:1-13
15:43
May 24, 2021
Setting Our Sights - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:       Luke 24:45-53 New Testament:   Acts 1:6-14
14:25
May 17, 2021
The Mother Load - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:      Ruth 1:1-18 New Testament:  2 Timothy 1:3-7
17:55
May 09, 2021
Finding Love in a Hopeless Place - Sermon
Sermon by Steve Dry Readings New Testament:     1 John 4:7-21 Gospel:    Matthew 22:35-40
19:57
May 03, 2021
A Living Hope - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:    Luke 24:36-44 New Testament:    1 Peter 1:3-9
16:51
April 26, 2021
Why Church? - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:   John 14:15-21 New Testament:   Acts 17:22-31
16:47
April 19, 2021
Faith Like Thomas - Sermon
Sermon by Dominic Mejia Readings New Testament:  Acts 4:32-35 Gospel:    John 20:19-31
20:14
April 12, 2021
The Rolling Stones - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:    Matthew 28:1-10 New Testament:   Acts 10:34-43
16:18
April 08, 2021
Passionate Living - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:     Matthew 21:1-11 Gospel:   Matthew 26:69-27:2
16:02
March 29, 2021
March 23, 2021 - Devotional
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07:41
March 23, 2021
Faithful Witness - Sermon
Sermon by Alyssa Burleson Readings Hebrew Bible:   Jeremiah 31:31-34 Gospel:    John 12:20-33
09:29
March 22, 2021
March 16, 2021 - Devotional
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08:00
March 16, 2021
Your Fair Share - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:  Isaiah 58:5-9a Gospel:   Matthew 25:34-46
17:35
March 14, 2021
Turning the Tables - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:     Psalm 19:7-10 Gospel:    John 2:13-22
15:52
March 08, 2021
March 2, 2021 - Devotional
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08:10
March 02, 2021
Measuring Our Mindset - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:  Genesis 17:1-8, 15-16 Gospel:   Mark 8:31-38
17:38
February 28, 2021
After the Flood - Sermon
Sermon by Dominic Mejia Readings Gospel:     Mark 1:9-15 Hebrew Bible:  Genesis 9:8-17
20:04
February 21, 2021
February 16, 2021 - Devotional
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08:37
February 16, 2021
God Is Transforming Love - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:     Mark 9:2-9 New Testament: 1 Corinthians 13
19:48
February 15, 2021
February 9, 2021 - Devotional
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07:52
February 09, 2021
Light for the Journey - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:       Psalm 117 Gospel:   Matthew 5:13-16
16:04
February 08, 2021
Feburary 2, 2021 - Devotional
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07:32
February 02, 2021
Love is a Verb - Sermon
Sermon by Sarah Harbaugh Readings Gospel:     John 13:12-17 New Testament:  1 Corinthians 8:1-13
17:22
February 01, 2021
January 26, 2021 - Devotional
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08:05
January 26, 2021
Finding Blessings and Avoiding Woes - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:   Luke 6:17-26 New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
19:30
January 25, 2021
January 19, 2021 - Devotional
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07:46
January 19, 2021
Enemies: A Love Story - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:   Micah 6:6-8 Gospel:       Luke 6:32-36
16:49
January 18, 2021
January 12, 2021 - Devotional
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08:21
January 12, 2021
Jumping In - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:    Matthew 3:13-17 Gospel:      Matthew 4:12-23
17:22
January 11, 2021
January 5, 2021 - Devotional
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09:21
January 05, 2021
New Beginnings - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Old Testament Isaiah 60:1-6 Gospel Matthew 2:1-12
11:20
January 04, 2021
December 29, 2020 - Devotional
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08:56
December 29, 2020
December 22, 2020 - Devotional
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08:51
December 22, 2020
Nothing to Fear - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:   Micah 5:2-5a Gospel:      Luke 1:26-38
10:04
December 21, 2020
Seeing Is Believing - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Gospel:   Matthew 11:2-11 New Testament:     James 5:7-10
17:16
December 14, 2020
December 8, 2020 - Devotional
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08:48
December 08, 2020
Preparing the Way - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:      Isaiah 11:1-6 Gospel:   Mark 1:1-8
15:19
December 07, 2020
December 1, 2020 - Devotional
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08:00
December 01, 2020
Keeping Watch - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:  Isaiah 2:1-5 Gospel:      Mark 13:28-37
15:35
November 30, 2020
November 17, 2020 - Devotional
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07:58
November 17, 2020
United in Hope, Gathered in Spirit - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings New Testament:  Philippians 3:12-16 New Testament:    Hebrews 10:19-25
18:14
November 16, 2020
November 10, 2020 - Devotional
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07:53
November 10, 2020
The Path Ahead - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 40:28-31 Gospel:  Luke 24:13-34a
18:10
November 09, 2020
November 3, 2020 - Devotional
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12:04
November 03, 2020
On the Brink - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:      Mark 12:41-44 New Testament: Ephesians 1:15-21
15:31
November 02, 2020
October 27, 2020 - Devotional
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09:12
October 27, 2020
Love Means Something - Sermon
Sermon by Dominic Mejia Readings Hebrew Bible: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Gospel:   Matthew 22:34-40
18:34
October 26, 2020
October 20, 2020 - Devotional
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08:04
October 20, 2020
Mercy, Me? A Reuniting Hope - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:      Luke 18:9-14 New Testament: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
18:14
October 19, 2020
October 12, 2020 - Devotional
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08:05
October 13, 2020
It's Your Serve - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:     Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Gospel:     Luke 17:5-10
18:27
October 12, 2020
October 6, 2020 - Devotional
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09:23
October 06, 2020
Community Audition - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel:      Luke 16:19-31 New Testament: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
16:19
October 05, 2020
September 29, 2020 - Devotional
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07:51
September 29, 2020
The Right to Choose - Sermon
Sermon by Sarah Harbaugh Readings New Testament:  Philippians 2:1-13 Gospel:  Matthew 21:23-32
19:38
September 27, 2020
September 22, 2020 - Devotional
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08:08
September 22, 2020
Rejoicing at the Lost and Found - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:     Hosea 6:1-6 Gospel:   Luke 15:1-10
17:26
September 21, 2020
September 15, 2020 - Devotional
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09:04
September 15, 2020
Learning to Dance - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:    Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 Gospel:   Matthew 11:7-19
17:41
September 14, 2020
September 8, 2020 - Devotional
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08:56
September 08, 2020
Built to Last - Sermon
Sermon by Dominic Mejia Readings Hebrew Bible:     Exodus 12:1-14 Gospel:   Matthew 18:15-20
20:15
September 07, 2020
September 1, 2020 - Devotional
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09:22
September 01, 2020
Persistent Grace - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible:    Genesis 45:1-15 Gospel:   Luke 11:5-10
18:44
August 31, 2020
August 25, 2020 - Devotional
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09:42
August 25, 2020
Love Life - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings: Hebrew Bible:   Micah 6:6-8 New Testament: 1 John 4:7-18
18:52
August 23, 2020
August 18, 2020 - Devotional
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09:12
August 18, 2020
Out of Many, an Intercultural, Planetary One - Sermon
Sermon by Graham Kelder New Testament:  Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 29-32 Gospel:  Matthew 15:21-28
26:15
August 16, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Devotional
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08:32
August 11, 2020
Hope for the Journey - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Gospel:                   Matthew 14:22-33 New Testament:   1 Peter 1:3-9
13:53
August 09, 2020
August 4, 2020 - Devotional
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10:33
August 04, 2020
Letting Go of Our Faulty Towers - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Ted Crass Hebrew Bible:        Genesis 11:1-8 New Testament:    Acts 2:1-13
24:36
August 03, 2020
July 28, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring an audio devotional to you every week, released on Tuesday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org
07:28
July 28, 2020
Do Not Be Afraid: Christmas In July - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Hebrew Bible:   Jeremiah 31:31-34 Gospel:    Matthew 1:18-2:15
18:02
July 27, 2020
July 21, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring an audio devotional to you every week, released on Tuesday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org
09:20
July 21, 2020
Finding God in the Means of Grace - Sermon
Sermon by Graham Kelder Hebrew Bible:  Genesis 28:10-19a Gospel:              Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
16:20
July 20, 2020
July 14, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring an audio devotional to you every week, released on Tuesday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org
08:37
July 14, 2020
Gardening in the Wilderness - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Natalie Hill Hebrew Bible       Psalm 119:105-112 Gospel                   Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
19:13
July 13, 2020
July 7, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring an audio devotional to you every week, released on Tuesday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org
08:19
July 07, 2020
One Nation? Under God? - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible   Micah 4:1-4 New Testament    Galatians 5:1, 13-15
17:17
July 06, 2020
Where Am I? - Sermon
Sermon by Steve Dry Readings Hebrew Bible      Genesis 22:1-14 Gospel                  Matthew 10:40-42
17:07
June 29, 2020
A Father's Hope - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Hebrew Bible         Isaiah 40:28-31 New Testament    Ephesians 1:15-19
18:15
June 22, 2020
Being the Church - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings New Testament      Acts 2:42-47 New Testament      1 Peter 2:9-10
17:39
June 15, 2020
June 11, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring two audio devotionals to you every week, released on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org.
07:29
June 11, 2020
June 9, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring two audio devotionals to you every week, released on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org.
09:32
June 09, 2020
Until the Ends - Sermon
Sermon by Dominic Mejia Hebrew Bible   Genesis 1:1-5 Gospel    Matthew 28:16-20
22:40
June 08, 2020
June 4, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring two audio devotionals to you every week, released on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org.
07:32
June 04, 2020
June 2, 2020 - Devotional
Hosted by Dominic JS Mejia. Harvard-Epworth is happy to bring two audio devotionals to you every week, released on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Questions and concerns can be directed to dom@harvardepworthchurch.org.
07:59
June 02, 2020
A Breath of New Life - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel    John 20:19-23 New Testament   Acts 2:1-12
16:31
June 01, 2020
May 28, 2020 - Devotional
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09:12
May 28, 2020
May 26, 2020 - Devotional
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08:09
May 26, 2020
What's So Special about John Wesley? - Sermon
Sermon by Graham Kelder Readings Hebrew Bible   Psalm 32:6-7 Gospel    Matthew 20:25-26 New Testament  1 John 4:7-9
18:35
May 25, 2020
Rooted and Ready to Bloom - Sermon
Sermon by Rev. Herb Taylor Readings Gospel   John 15:1-8 New Testament     1 Peter 3:13-16
15:03
May 18, 2020
Earth Angels
Hebrew Bible  Isaiah 66:12-13a New Testament    2 Timothy 1:3-7
16:19
May 11, 2020
Intentional Living
Readings Hebrew Bible  Psalm 46:1-7 New Testament   Philippians 3:12-14
20:51
May 05, 2020
Walk On
Readings Hebrew Bible  Psalm 116:1-10 Gospel   Luke 24:13-35
18:45
April 27, 2020
Breathe
Readings New Testament 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel   John 20:19-31
21:40
April 20, 2020
Hope Springs Eternal
Readings Gospel Matthew 28:1-10 Colossians 3:1-4
19:11
April 13, 2020
Palms to Passion
Readings Gospel  Matthew 21:1-11   Gospel  Matthew 26:36-46     
17:03
April 06, 2020
Is My Mic On?: Hearing Your Call in a Disconnected World
Message given by Steve Dry Hebrew Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
18:47
March 30, 2020
Hope In Hard Times
Hebrew reading: Isaiah 41:6-10 — New Testament reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
17:23
March 22, 2020
At the Table
Gospel : Mark 2 1-12 Hebrew : 2 Samuel 9: 1-10
18:56
March 16, 2020
Humility and Honor
Readings Gospel Luke 14:7-14 New Testament Romans 12:9-18
14:48
March 09, 2020
Surviving in the Wilderness
Readings Hebrew Bible Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Gospel Mark 1:9-15
15:34
March 02, 2020
Let Your Life Speak
Readings Gospel Matthew 17:1-8 New Testament 2 Peter 1:16-21
22:02
February 24, 2020
When I Grow Up
Readings Hebrew Bible Psalm 119:1-8 New Testament 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
14:13
February 17, 2020
Family Matters
Readings Gospel: John 15:9-17 New Testament 3:14-21
18:44
February 10, 2020
Nobody Owns God
Readings: Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 New Testament: Ephesians 4:1-6
15:00
February 03, 2020
Something Fishy
Readings: Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 9:1-4 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
20:30
January 27, 2020
Make God Contact
Readings: Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 New Testament: Ephesians 1:17-19
18:28
January 20, 2020
The Power of Humility
Readings: Hebrew Bible: Micah 6:6-8 New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
19:19
January 13, 2020
Ready for Renewal
Readings:  Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 43:18-21 New Testament: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
10:38
January 06, 2020
Don't Turn Out The Lights
Readings: Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 9:2-7 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23
14:38
December 30, 2019
Bright lights
Christmas Eve 2019
14:39
December 25, 2019
God Is With You
Readings: Hebrew Bible: Isaiah 7:10-16 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
15:50
December 23, 2019
Are You Ready?
Reading: Gospel: Matthew 11:2-6
15:57
December 16, 2019
Preparing The Way
Readings: Hebrew Bible-Isaiah 11:1-6 Gospel-Matthew 3:1-12
15:38
December 09, 2019
Watch Out!
Readings Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44 New Testament: Romans 13:11-14
14:08
December 02, 2019
Standing on the Promises
Readings: Hebrew Bible Habakkuk 1:1-3, 2:1-3 Joel 2:25-32 Isaiah 65:17-18, 24-25
17:40
November 25, 2019
Knit Together in Ministry
Gospel Reading: John 6:25-35 New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9
17:51
November 18, 2019
Giving Is the Common Thread
Hebrew Bible Malachi 3:8-12 New Testament Acts 2:42-47
17:35
November 11, 2019
Curing Short-Sited Faith
Gospel   Luke 19:1-10 New Testament   Colossians 1:3-14
29:54
November 04, 2019
It's Your Call
Message given by Barbara Cracknell, Seokweon Jeon, and Sarah Louise Adamczyk Gospel Reading: Luke 5:1-11 New Testament Reading: Romans 12:1-8
17:35
October 27, 2019
Luck, Skill, or Something More?
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19 Hebrew Bible Reading: Jeremiah 21:1, 4-7
20:18
October 14, 2019
Common Sense and Uncommon Duty
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:5-10 New Testament Reading: Ephesians 2:11-21
16:14
October 07, 2019
Where Do We Go from Here?
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 6:6-8 Gospel Reading: Luke 9:23-25
16:29
September 30, 2019
Who Are We?
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-16 New Testament Reading: 1 John 4:7-18a
16:50
September 23, 2019
Overcoming Fear and Hate
Hebrew Bible Reading: Psalm 46:1-7 New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-10
18:17
September 16, 2019
What Are You Looking For?
Hebrew Bible Reading: Psalm 27:1-6