December 9, 2018 The Gift of the Nutcracker- Drosselmeir (Isaiah 40:1-5 and Luke 1:38-44) The Drosselmeir makes a mysterious/unexpected entrance, offers astounding gifts, heals the broken Nutcracker, and then seems to disappear from the main view of the story…BUT he is always there. In the midst of plans that change (like for the Hebrew people who are trying to get to the Promised Land but face obstacle after obstacle, and for Mary a young unwed teen who is told she is going to give birth to God’s son), one thing remains constant: God’s presence.
December 2, 2018 The Gift of the Nutcracker- Clara (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 1:26-33) Clara waits with curious anticipation for the wonders of a grand Christmas party! The people living in exile under the Babylonian Empire also wait with anticipation for God’s vision of righteous, justice, liberation, and safety to come true with a new leader, a messiah. We wait with curious anticipation at how Christ’s love for all might be made known in our world today.
November 18, 2018 Gratitude in Community – How Giving Thanks Can Change Your Life (Luke 19:1-10) Jesus is coming to stay at Zacchaeus’ house and turn the whole custom of giving/receiving on its head!
November 11, 2018 Living Gratitude – How Giving Thanks Can Change Your Life (Mark 12:38-44) We all know the story of the widow who gave her last two coins…but is this the kind of world Jesus really wants us to live in- where we give until it hurts? Listen to see how gratitude can be an act of resistance.
November 4, 2018 Gratitude- How Giving Thanks Can Change Your Life (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22) A word about giving thanks, what it means to be grateful, and how gratitude is genuine when we first begin with receiving. Also hear a word from two church members about why they give their resources to the Church.
October 28, 2018 Won’t You Be My Neighbor- The Gospel According to Mister Rogers (Mark 10:46-52) Bartimaeus, the blind beggar will not be silenced. He cries out to Jesus in the midst of suffering and oppression and Jesus asks, “What do you want from me?” In the aftermath of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, how are we crying out? How can we find hope?
October 14, 2018 Won’t You Be My Neighbor- The Gospel According to Mister Rogers (Mark 10:17-31) Nothing is impossible with God. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Mr. Rogers believed that each one of us was special and had something to offer no matter how society ranked us.
October 7, 2018 Won’t You Be My Neighbor- The Gospel According to Mister Rogers (Mark 10: 13-16) Jesus says “let the little children come to me” and shows how children are welcome in the kingdom of God. How can we welcome children and see God and others through the eyes of children? Mister Rogers’ ministry through children’s television was such a gift as he let them know they are important.
September 30, 2018 How-to Pray (James 5:13-20) What does it mean to pray? When should we pray? Does prayer actually do something? Can prayer help your life?
September 23, 2018: How-to Live God’s Vision of Wisdom (James 3:13-4:3) Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks proclaims the challenging call to live out God’s vision for beloved community. We have hope in that God enables us to do this by providing wisdom! You can watch the live stream video of this sermon here or listen below.
September 16, 2018: How-to Use our Words Wisely (James 3:1-12) The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not true. What we say matters. We need to be responsible, ethical, and loving with our words; fueled by the Word made flesh: Jesus.
September 9, 2018: How-to Love Everyone, Especially the Poor (James 2:1-17) God calls us to love all people, especially the poor. Reiterating the message to live out our faith. See the video below during the break in the sermon audio.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/275425679″>PPC Congressional Forum Video Jun 12 2018</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/bravamediainc”>Brava Media</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
September 2, 2018: How-to Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk (James 1:17-27) How do we live out God’s Word? How do we walk the walk, and not just talk the talk?
August 26, 2018: Bread of Life 4 (John 6:56-69) After all has been said and done, the crowd is even more confused about who Jesus is and what he is offering them. He has given a difficult teaching, and some of his disciples walk away. Jesus asks the 12 disciples (and us), “Do you want to walk away, too?” How will we respond?
August 12, 2018: Bread of Life 2 (John 6:35, 41-51) After Jesus declares that he is the bread of life, the Jewish religious leaders complain about him. Jesus insists that he is the bread of life and that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.
August 5, 2018: Bread of Life 1 (John 6:24-35) Jesus has just fed the 5,000, but the crowd is still hungry…is it physical hunger or spiritual hunger? Jesus tries to explain the amazing new life God offers, but the crowd doesn’t get it…but maybe that’s ok?
July 15, 2018: Good News? (Mark 6:14-29) This week’s story of John the Baptist’s death is difficult. Especially difficult was learning about a stabbing right outside our church as worship was about to start. In the midst of difficult, painful, oppressive circumstances, where is the good news? Where is the hope? (Image below is a picture of Herod’s family tree; link below is to the children’s book “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” which is read at the end of the sermon)
July 8, 2018: Equipped (Mark 6:1-13) Jesus calls the disciples to go out in 2s, healing and proclaiming the good news…but all they can take with them is a staff, sandals, and 1 tunic. How are they supposed to do ministry like that? What if they get hungry?!
July 1, 2018: Persistence (Mark 5:21-43) Through two healing stories we see how Jesus reaches out to us regardless of our social status, in order to restore us to wholeness.
June 24, 2018: Remember Christ’s Presence (Mark 4:35-41) Jesus invites the disciples to go to the other side into unknown territory. As they get in their boat and sail the Sea of Galilee, a huge storm crops up and the disciples are terrified. How can Jesus be sleeping while this is happening? Doesn’t he care? Listen to see what happens!
June 10, 2018: Restore Our Hope (Psalm 130) Out of the depths the Psalmist cries out to God and God who is forgiving, steadfast, love, power, and redemption is there!
Video Clip: Anne of Green Gables (up until 3:00)
June 3, 2018: Renew Our Vision (2 Corinthians 4:5-12) Paul has a vision for Corinth, and for us today: new life! What treasures do we hold in our very being that are waiting to be renewed and made a reality?
May 27, 2018: Revive Our Faith (Isaiah 6:1-8, John 3:1-17) Whether we have been following Jesus for sometime, or are new believers, it is easy to lose our faith…perhaps it has become stale, or the doubts seem too numerous, or something horrible happened around us and we are just not sure…The passage from Isaiah gives us hope that God will show up in a big way and rekindle the flame of faith. The Gospel of John reminds us that God loves us and never abandons us even when we might lose faith.
May 20, 2018: Refresh Our Community (Acts 2:1-4, 43-47) Jesus had ascended into heaven and left the apostles to begin their ministry, but they were not alone. The Holy Spirit came upon them and refreshed their community, fueling them for the journey ahead. How can we be open to the Spirit’s presence in our community today? Where do we need refreshing? Who are we as a community?
May 13, 2018: Unafraid: Aging, Illness, Dying (Psalm 71:17-19; 92:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 50-58) This week we asked three congregation members to share their thoughts on the fear of aging, illness, and dying, and how their faith helps them find courage and hope. Ben (35), Nancy (63), and Betty (91) share beautiful insights from their experiences; you don’t want to miss this! (We apologize for the sound quality not being the best, try using headphones, or speakers…the conversation was so good we still felt it should be shared)
May 6, 2018: Unafraid: Fear of Failure (Exodus 3:1-2, 7-12; 4:10-13) Fear of failure often prevents us from even trying. Expectations and definitions of success from society, our friends and family, and even ourselves pile on so much that we are afraid. Even Moses tried to get out of God’s call because he was afraid to fail. What if failure could actually lead to a different kind of success? What would happen if we were not afraid to fail?
April 29, 2018: Unafraid: Fear of Loneliness/Being Alone (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Psalm 139:1-18) We are a people created for relationship (Genesis 2:15, 18). We long for community and a place to belong, and yet sometimes (whether of our own actions, the actions of others, or the circumstances of where and how we live) we find ourselves isolated and alone…cut off from relationship…unsure how to restore the brokenness. We don’t have to be afraid! God promises to be with us always, and the church has the opportunity to step out and be a true place of community and belonging for those who are lonely.
April 15, 2018: Unafraid: Fear of the Other (Matthew 5:38-48) We tend to fear what we don’t know or what is different from us, including other people. Jesus calls us to live in a state of love rather than fear. The video below of Disney Pixar’s “Day and Night” is a great example of how we can overcome fear of the other.
April 8, 2018: Unafraid: Fear and Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34) Our new worship series following Adam Hamilton’s book “Unafraid” kicks off this week talking about fear and anxiety. How do we listen to Jesus’ message of “Do not worry” when there are so many things to worry about? How can we move forward in the midst of fear and anxiety?
April 1, 2018: Who Do YOU Say that I AM?: Jesus the Resurrection (John 20:1-18) Christ is Risen! What does that mean for us as followers of Jesus? We wrap up our Lenten series with this Easter message!
March 25, 2018: Who Do YOU Say that I AM?: Jesus the Prophet (Matthew 21:1-11) As Jesus processes toward Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, people ask “Who is this?” In this Palm Sunday story, actions speak louder than words. Jesus shows the people who he is and what it means to follow him.
March 18, 2018: Who Do YOU Say that I AM?: Jesus the Door (John 10:1-10) Cindy Harthorne, guest preacher. The image of Jesus as the Door is an open invitation to the abundant grace and love of God. We apologize that there is no audio recording of this week’s sermon.
March 11, 2018: Who Do YOU Say that I AM?: Jesus the True Vine (John 15:1-8) Jesus is the True Vine who, in relationship with us, calls us to our best, authentic selves.
February 18, 2018: Who Do YOU Say that I AM?: Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-21) Jesus is the Good Shepherd who guides us, and includes all in his flock.