Sermons on Matthew
One of my core understandings of God is through the concept of call. I believe that God calls to us, speaks to us, invites us into relationship, and invites us into action. We have spoken about the Pentecost work that must be done in the face of the profound pain we can see in the world. Have the courage to take these steps even if you do not know where they will lead. Have the courage to go to unexpected places, figuratively or literally, and discover that in doing so you are responding to God’s divine call.
The gospel lesson for this Trinity Sunday is the part where Jesus ascends to heaven after his resurrection on earth. The disciples have lost him once and they are all the more frightened to lose him once again. But as Jesus ascends, he shares these words: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, a significant theological event that seems to be less frequently celebrated in many congregations (perhaps including ours). The text tells a story about Jesus’ journey to a mountaintop where some of the disciples witness an event that leaves them in awe.
As we begin a new year and new century, we explore the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. As we consider Matthew’s text in Sunday’s worship, note the opening of the heavens, the presence of the Spirit of God, and the voice from the heavens.
Joseph and Mary encounter terror after a miracle. How do we deal with unexpected circumstances?
In a difficult text about a Canaanite woman, the disciples and even Jesus appear to refuse to help someone in need. But when she speaks boldly in her defense, Jesus responds…
We begin a new series on our Baptism and membership vows. In this first vow, we commit to renounce, we commit to reject, we commit to repent.
Many churches focus on sin and forgiveness. What do you think is important about sin and forgiveness? Have you experienced these?
Continuing through the Apostles’ Creed, we explore what it means to be the church. It’s not just about showing up in worship every once in a while…
This week’s focus is connected to the Easter story and resurrection. The mention of resurrection in the Apostles’ Creed is brief, so what impact does it have on our faith today?