This sermon on Mark 1:29-39 is about a word that sums up our call as Christians as good as any other! There is a special way that you can participate in this week's podcast by leaving a voice message at anchor.fm/tony-metz. What is your most profound experience of being served?
Pastor Tony talks with a member of LMC, Kala Breder, who nearly died after the birth of her son Channing in 2020. We'll hear how this experience changed the way that she sees the world, how it deepened her faith, and how she has been inspired to give back. Thanks to Kala for sharing her amazing story! Find out more about Luther Memorial at www.LMCQuincy.com
Pastor Tony shares a little of his call story as we reflect on the story of Jesus calling his first disciples in Mark 1 and we are reminded of our own call to follow Jesus. To listen to today’s gospel lesson use this link: http://gotell.org/stories/by-text/mark/mk01_14-20/ THEN click on “Audio Telling”
A sermon for Sunday, January 10th, 2021 (the Baptism of our Lord) on Mark 1:4-11. Baptism doesn't separate us from this messy, scary, sinful, sometimes violent world, it sends us into it to share the transformative love of Jesus. We are called to wade into the the waters of this world and to shine a light in the darkness, come what may.
We have a God who sees us. We have a God who loves us and like any good parent longs to give us good things. Every good gift that God has to give us comes to us freely and abundantly and in spite of our undeserving...out of God’s loving and merciful heart. “We are beggars this is true” and we are supremely blessed in Christ Jesus!
Never before have we as a people been in a better position to understand what it was like to be in the shoes of those faithful women who walked to Jesus tomb. We, alongside them, receive a word of life in the midst of our confusion and fear.
A simple reading of the passion narrative according to the Gospel of Mark read by seven different voices. My deepest gratitude to Megan Pike, Tom Oliver, Bill Machold, Lianne Lohmeyer, Marty Pike, Pete Magliocco, Sara Gasko, Mark and Jessica Snider, and my wife Angie.
Jesus and describe have a surprising interaction that centers us in the two most important things, loving God and neighbor. Poor woman shows us what faith looks like in the midst of stressful times. God will be faithful, and we will get through this together.