Sermons

Dreams

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

In the Old Testament God often spoke through dreams and visions. Dreams and visions are those “thin places” where heaven and earth touch, where the Eternal and the Temporal become tangent.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Genesis 37:17-27

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Living Into Our Baptism

Sunday, January 7th – The Baptism of Christ

Theologians have debated for centuries about why Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. After all, if John’s baptism was for the forgiveness of sin, why was Jesus baptized? Did he need his sins to be washed away?

 

 

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Bible Passage:  Mark 1:4-11 

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Who Comes First? Live A Life Worthy Of God.

 Sunday, November 5th, 2017 ~ 22nd Sunday After Pentecost

God has called us to see the world through his eyes, selfless eyes. We don’t do this alone. God’s word at work in us: shaping us, empowering us, directing us, and changing us. In the eyes of Christians the most important person is Jesus Christ; Jesus first, and Jesus always.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

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Continuum of Care: God Always Follows Up

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 ~ 21st Sunday After Pentecost

When a person is baptized and God’s promises are sealed upon them, we, the church, are asked a couple of questions: do you promise to instruct this person by word and example in the truth of God’s Word, and in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ? Do you promise to pray for this person and teach them to pray? Do you promise to nurture them within the body of believers as citizens of Christ’s kingdom? Those vows bind us to a Christian Continuum of Care.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

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Just because: God has chosen you.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Our God is bigger than us, wiser than we can know and that frees us up to be human and accept there are some divine realities that we won’t fully understand, and that is alright. You have been thought about by God for millennia. You are loved by God just because. So go, turn, serve, and wait.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

 

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Tell of God’s Wonderful Works

Sunday, October 15th

 

Guest Minister: Rev. Thomas Norwalk,

(United Church of Christ Associate Conference MinisterEastern Association and Western Associations)

 

 

Scripture Lesson:  Psalm 105:1-8                                             

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Thoroughbred: Jesus Christ Gives Us His Righteousness

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

As Christians, we do not do things to look good, but live in response to what Jesus Christ has given us, our true identity, our righteousness.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Philippians 3:4b-14

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God’s Not Fair

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Life is unfair. The bible does not talk about “fairness.” It speaks of Faithfulness,  God’s faithfulness, our call to faithfulness to God.

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage:  Philippians 1:21-30

Bible Passage:  Matthew 20:1-16

 

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Just Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

In Paul’s letter to the Romans he asked the church “Why do you pass judgment on one another?” (v.10) If one person thinks that they should worship on one day of the week rather than another, or thinks that they should not eat meat because it may have been offered to an idol and therefore eats only vegetables, what difference is it to you?

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage:  Matthew 18:21-35

Bible Passage:  Romans 14:1-12

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And the Devil Laughs

15th Sunday after Pentecost – September 10th, 2017

A few weeks ago one of our college students asked me if I would be willing to read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters with him. Well, that was music to my ears because I love The Screwtape Letters! I’ve led multiple adult studies on the book, including a couple here at First Federated Church. I love Lewis’s wit and insight into the nature of sin and how we can easily think that we are being all pious and religious and be neither!

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage: Matthew 18:15-20

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