SERMON SHORT FOR June 13th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR June 13th, 2021 GALE – THE PERFECT CHURCH! Colossians 3:12-14, Matthew 13:24-32          Jesus tells a parable: things are not perfect in God’s garden, some weeds have cropped up. Some evil is present. In gardening season you know to eradicate the bad stuff as soon as possible. It’s not supposed to be…

SERMON SHORT FOR June 6th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR June 6th, 2021 CHOOSE A KING 1st Samuel 8:4–22, Mark 3:20–35             In today’s story from our ancient history we hear the people demand that Samuel appoint a king over them so “that we also may be like other nations.” Despite this being a personal affront on Samuel’s or God’s leadership, God…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 30th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 30th, 2021 COLD HEART – HOT LIPS John 3:1-17, Isaiah 6:1-8            Isaiah saw the Lord.  Six chapters into his prophesy and he saw the Lord.  The year of King Uzziah’s death. The government changed. The Prophet changed. But the word of the Lord was ever the same. Kings come and…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 23rd, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 23rd, 2021 THEY SAID WE WERE DRUNK! Acts 2: 1-21, John 15:26 – 16:15             When was the last time you were proud of being accused of being drunk? It happened in the Bible once. This Pentecost experience of the early church put the disciples in a questionable light out on…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 16th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 16th, 2021 ACT LIKE YOU LOVE Deuteronomy 6:1-25, Luke 10:25-37           Our patience, our families, our spirits are frayed at the edge while the pandemic lingers over our lives. A lot of us have had enough. Some churches and clubs have gone so far as to defy the protocols and even…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 9th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 9th, 2021 WIND, SPIRIT, BREATH Acts 10:1-8, 44–48, John 3:1-10           The Holy Spirit features big in the story from Acts this week. Actually, the Holy Spirit is the main player throughout the whole book of Acts.           I have always been intrigued with the biblical play of the words “Spirit/wind/breath.”…

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER

APRIL 2 & 4, 2021 GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER SERMON SHORT: CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER Every year a minister is called upon to imagine a new and creative way to talk about Good Friday. Every year a minister is called upon to imagine a new a creative way to talk about Easter. This…

SERMON SHORT FOR MARCH 28th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MARCH 28th, 2021 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY A DAY ONLY THE LORD COULD MAKE Genesis 1:1-5, John 12:12-16.           I have always felt Palm Sunday is a bit of a wonky liturgical day. We can use it to celebrate a big parade of Jesus entering Jerusalem. Or we can go the maudlin route of…

SERMON SHORT FOR MARCH 21st, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR MARCH 21st, 2021 GLORY John 12:20-33, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 51:1-12           Take a good look at the people we glorify in our culture. Our heroes are as much an indication of who and what we are as they are an indication of who and what they are. We all have our own…

SERMON SHORT FOR March 14th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR March 14th, 2021 THE DOUBLE EDGED GOSPEL Numbers 21:4-9, John 3: 14-21, Psalm 103:1-3, 17-22           It’s a peculiar thing in our bible stories that often the blessings for God’s people are also the downfall of God’s people. Water created and formed the world. Then water destroyed it in the flood. The…

SERMON SHORT FOR March 7th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR March 7th, 2021 RIGHTEOUS ANGER Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22           Remember the day that gentle-Jesus-meek-and-mild threw a hissy-fit in the temple?           Jesus did not lash out at the people there, he was lashing out at their worship. He attacked religion. His assault is not upon the pagans at the local pub,…

SERMON SHORT FOR February 28th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR February 28th, 2021 SPINNING IT RIGHT Isaiah 53:1-12, Psalm 22:23-31, Mark 8:31–38           Martin Luther King Jr said, “Most Christians are thermometers that record or register the temperature of majority opinion, not thermostats that transform and regulate the temperature of society.” How common it is it for us to water down the…

SERMON SHORT FOR February 21st, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR February 21st, 2021 DON’T FALL ASLEEP IN CHURCH 1st Samuel 3:1-21, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, John 1:43-51           Be careful if you have become too accustomed to things always being the same in your life, and in your church. Didn’t this past year teach us that much of what we thought was steady…

SERMON SHORT FOR February 14th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR February 14th, 2021 A NEW KIND OF ENDING Psalm 83, Luke 21:25-33             This week the request from two people is: “I’ve always wanted to hear a sermon about … The second coming of Christ.” This is not an easy topic since so much popular media has promoted a violent Armageddon…

SERMON SHORT FOR February 7th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR February 7th, 2021 THE YEAR THAT WAS Psalm 119:33-40, Matthew 5:1-16           This Sunday we will look back on the year that was. From dumpster fires to the election of America’s first female vice president; from murder hornets to vaccine releases; from restaurant closures to Amazon boom – 2020 will never be…

SERMON SHORT FOR January 31st, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR January 31st, 2021 LOVE WINS Luke 7:1-10, Micah 4:1-5, Psalm 133 Another entry in our “I’ve always wanted to hear a sermon about …” “I would like to hear about non-believers and what God has planned for them.” There have been billions of humans experience life on this planet. Will only a…

SERMON SHORT FOR January 24th, 2021

  SERMON SHORT FOR January 24th, 2021 WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN BY GOOD PEOPLE Psalm 51, Psalm 120, Matthew 5:38-42, Judges Chapters 19-21  “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR A SERMON ABOUT …” The Bible has many wonderful stories, which we’ve often heard in sermons and Sunday School lessons. It has many other stories too, which…

SERMON SHORT FOR January 17th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR January 17th, 2021 TWO REALMS IN THE ONE SPIRIT Genesis 1, Psalm 8 “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR A SERMON ABOUT …”           We asked people to finish this sentence as a starter for our themes of worship at the start of the year. We’ll start with this response: “I’ve always wanted…

SERMON SHORT FOR JANUARY 10th, 2021

SERMON SHORT FOR JANUARY 10th, 2021 LET’S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Isaiah 40:1-11, Luke 10:25-37           Here we are in a new year. This happens every year and I expect most of us are used to it now. We expect that each new year brings us new stuff, new beginnings, new hope. But then…

SERMON SHORT FOR December 13th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR December 13th, 2020 Advent 3 A VERY COVID CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Isaiah 61:1–2, John 1:1-18 This is the Sunday for the candle of Joy. We turn a major portion of our worship to show real joy in retelling the Christmas story. But this year, in a very Covid form. It is a really…