Education and Career

Influencing Liberation

Message Title: Influencing LiberationTheme: Paul’s InfluenceSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Philemon 1:1-21Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-33RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Deuteronomy 30:15-20;Psalm 1; Philemon 1:1-21; Luke 14:25-33Focus: Paul used his influence to help liberate an enslaved man.Function: To embrace our role in mercy.Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 14:25-33 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. Turning … Continue reading Influencing Liberation

Faith in Surplus

Message Title: Faith in SurplusTheme: FaithSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16Scripture Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14Focus: Faith requires hospitality with genuine motivations.Function: To celebrate our blessings and surplus without holding onto them like a security blanket. … Continue reading Faith in Surplus

Faith Without Control

Message Title: Faith Without ControlTheme: FaithSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Hebrews 12:18-29;Scripture Reading: Luke 13:10-17 Jesus is lord of sabbath (he is the priest)RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17Focus: God is in charge of creation’s cleansing & restoration. Function: To release our need to control the Gospel and … Continue reading Faith Without Control

Faith in Persecution

Message Title: Faith in PersecutionTheme: FaithSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Hebrews 11:29-12:2; (we are not persecuted)Scripture Reading: Luke 12:49-56RCL Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Jeremiah 23:23-29;Psalm 82; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56Focus: God’s faithful servants were steadfast regardless of their circumstance.Function: To embrace the uncomfortable messiness of faith and walking the redemption journey.Other Notes: faith practiced … Continue reading Faith in Persecution

Faith in Waiting

Message Title: Faith in WaitingTheme: FaithSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6RCL Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40Focus: Abraham had faith in God to fulfill God’s promises.Function:  To release our need to be people of certainty in stoic answers and find the … Continue reading Faith in Waiting

The Value of a Label

Message Title: The Value of a LabelTheme: Active FaithSeason: EasterMain Text: *Acts 9:36-43;Scripture Reading: John 10:22-30RCL Scripture: *Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30Focus: Faith in Jesus is more about actions than words. Function: To put our actions where our words are by holding nothing back in our faith for Christ. Other Notes: MOTHER’S … Continue reading The Value of a Label

The Blind Side- Turn the Other Cheek

Message Title:  The Blind Side- Turn the Other CheekTheme: Active FaithSeason: EasterMain Text: *Acts 9:1-20Scripture Reading: John 21:1-19RCL Scripture: *Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19Focus:  God doesn’t give up. Function:  to find pathways for restoration, redemption, and reconciliation that are guided by God’s Spirit. Other Notes: COMMUNION SUNDAY| STORIES OF ACTIVE FAITH … Continue reading The Blind Side- Turn the Other Cheek

Can A Story Change Your Life?

Message Title: Can A Story Change Your Life?Theme: Active Faith (St francis quote about preaching the gopsel at all times)Season: EasterMain Text: *Acts 5:27-32;Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31RCL Scripture: *Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31Focus:  The knowledge of the Resurrected Jesus is transformative. Function:  To align our priorities and loyalties with Christ … Continue reading Can A Story Change Your Life?

Easter Sunday

Message Title:Theme: EasterSeason: EasterMain Text:  All Scripture ReadingsScripture Reading: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12RCL Scripture: *Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12Focus: Jesus resurrected for all people to be invited to the family of God. Function:  To be … Continue reading Easter Sunday

Good Friday

Welcome & Instructions: Thank you for joining us this evening. Our previous gathering was last night for Maundy Thursday where we left the place in candle light. Tonight, the room will get even darker. Readers will come and read a passage then extinguish candles.The room will grow dark as we progress through the story of … Continue reading Good Friday

Maundy Thursday

Message Title: Maundy ThursdayTheme: Holy WeekSeason: LentRCL Scripture: Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35Focus: The actions we engage in tonight are rooted in the history and promises of God. Function:  To find new connections in Communion and Washings. Other Notes: Setting:   In the fellowship hall, the lights … Continue reading Maundy Thursday

Palm Sunday

Message Title:Theme: Holy WeekSeason: Palm SundayMain Text: Luke 19:28-40Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-40; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 50:4-9aRCL Scripture: Psalm 31:9-16; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Luke 19:28-40; Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49; Philippians 2:5-11Focus: Jesus enters Jerusalem and God keeps God’s promises. Function: To form a celebratory heart for Holy Week. Other Notes: … Continue reading Palm Sunday

Labels and Identities

Message Title:  Labels and IdentitiesTheme: A Season for GrowingSeason: LentMain Text: Philippians 3:4b-14Scripture Reading: John 12:1-8RCL Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8Focus: Christ is the foundation of our identity.Function:  To redefine the labels we use to build our identity and our mission.Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: John 12:1-8 Six days before Passover, Jesus … Continue reading Labels and Identities

 A Bee By Any Other Name Would Sting

Message Title:  A Bee By Any Other Name Would StingTheme: A Season of GrowingSeason:  LentMain Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 RCL Scripture: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32Focus:  The blessing of being in the family of God transforms our behavior. Function:  To recognize our role as ambassadors NOT … Continue reading  A Bee By Any Other Name Would Sting

Fancy Words & Family Trees

Message Title: Fancy Words & Family Trees Theme: A Season of Growing Season: Lent Main Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Scripture Reading: Luke 13:1-9 RCL Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Focus: Jesus and Paul want to see people transformed by their faith. Function: To release our grip on heritage or fancy prayers … Continue reading Fancy Words & Family Trees

Can new life grow from ashes? – Ash Wednesday

Opening Song: Great Are You Lord by All Sons & Daughters Closing Song: Dry Bones by Lauren Daigle Message Title: Can new life grow from ashes? Theme:  Ash WednesdaySeason: LentMain Text:  Ezekiel 37:1-14Scripture Reading: invite others to read as a spiritual practice this weekRCL Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; … Continue reading Can new life grow from ashes? – Ash Wednesday

When Opposites Repel

Message Title:  When Opposites Repel Theme: A Season of GrowthSeason: LentMain Text: Philippians 3:17-4:1;Scripture Reading: Luke 13:31-35;RCL Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35; Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)Focus:  Paul and Jesus test the allegiance of their audience. Function: To choose to align ourselves with God or to align ourselves with the world.Other Notes: … Continue reading When Opposites Repel

Do the Roots Run Deep?

Message Title: Do the Roots Run Deep?Theme: Lent: A Season of GrowingSeason: LentMain Text: Romans 10:8b-13Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13Focus: Paul coaches the romans to root their faith in belief in Jesus.Function:  To take time to remember WHY we believe in Jesus. Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: … Continue reading Do the Roots Run Deep?

Is It Contagious?

Message Title: Is It Contagious? Theme: TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY Season: Epiphany Main Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Scripture Reading: All RCL Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36 Focus: Paul connects Moses’ transfiguration with our faith transformation. Function: to open ourselves up to the transformation possibilities brought from a relationship with God through spiritual … Continue reading Is It Contagious?

It’s Alive!

Message Title: It’s Alive!Theme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians seriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50;Scripture Reading: Luke 6:27-38RCL Scripture: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38Focus: Paul speaks of the resurrection of our bodies.Function: To allow questions to remain unanswered while being filled with a focus on our … Continue reading It’s Alive!

Memories of Hope

Message Title: Memories of HopeTheme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians seriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20;Scripture Reading: Luke 6:17-26RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26Focus: Paul connects the Gospel message with the Christian hope of resurrection.Function: To return the focus of our hope on the resurrection.Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: Luke … Continue reading Memories of Hope

Our Response to The Gift

Message Title: (titled post-preaching) Our Response to The Gift Theme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians series Season: Epiphany Main Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11 RCL Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13); Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Focus: Paul reclarifies the Gospel to the Corinthians. Function: To respond to the Gospel with … Continue reading Our Response to The Gift

All You Need is Love

Message Title:  All You Need is LoveTheme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians seriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13;Scripture Reading: Luke 4:21-30RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30Focus: Paul instructs the Corinthians to use their gifts through LOVE. Function:  To filter our thoughts and actions through God’s love.Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: … Continue reading All You Need is Love

The Spiritual Gift Hokey Pokey

Message Title: The Spiritual Gift Hokey PokeyTheme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians seriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a;Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14-21RCL Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21Focus: Paul discusses the value of each person exercising their gifts in their unique role.Function: To discover where our gifts and passions … Continue reading The Spiritual Gift Hokey Pokey

Does this Gift have a Return Policy?

Message Title: Does this Gift have a Return Policy?Theme: “Here Is the Church” 1 Corinthians seriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11;Scripture Reading: John 2:1-11RCL Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11Focus: we all receive spiritual giftsFunction: to use our gifts, skills, and passions to point to JesusOther Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: John 2:1-11 … Continue reading Does this Gift have a Return Policy?

The Original Flavor

Message Title:  The Original FlavorTheme: Baptism of JesusSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Acts 8:14-17Scripture Reading: ALLRCL Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22Focus: God claims us not just through waters but also through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Function:To learn some basics about baptism, consider baptism or ‘remember’ our baptism.Other Notes: introduction to … Continue reading The Original Flavor

Welcome to the Family

Message Title: Welcome to the FamilyTheme: Christian 101Season: 12 Days of ChristmasMain Text: John 1: 10-18Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14;RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14; ; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18Focus: Jesus is God incarnate who came to earth to adopt all.Function: To recognize there isn’t a chosen race but the family of God.Other Notes: Communion … Continue reading Welcome to the Family

Living Out the Plan

Message Title: Living out the PlanTheme: back to basicsSeason: AdventMain Text: allScripture Reading: allRCL Scripture: Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55Focus: Multiple prophetic voices point to Jesus as the plan for restoration.Function:To shape our lives as prophetic voices pointing towards Christ. Other Notes: INTRODUCTION: New Beginnings— Previously: ice breakers (benefit of being a … Continue reading Living Out the Plan

One True King!

11/21/2021 Message Title: One True King!Theme: CHRIST THE KING SUNDAYSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: John 18:33-37Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7;RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18); John 18:33-37; Revelation 1:4b-8Focus: Jesus is the one True King!Function: To reject powers, authorities, companies that claim Jesus’ endorsement.Other Notes: SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 … Continue reading One True King!

The Reconciliation Plan

Message Title: The Reconciliation PlanTheme: Back to basicsSeason: AdventMain Text: allScripture Reading: allRCL Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18Focus: God’s plans are of reconciliation.Function: To put our actions where our mouth is.Other Notes: to include all creation; to be humble hearts acting on Gods love, NOT judging the worthiness of others INTRODUCTION: … Continue reading The Reconciliation Plan

My Place in the Plan

We did not get a video this week, however, we have a recording on FB. 12-5-2021 Message Title: My Place in the PlanTheme: Back to basicsSeason: AdventMain Text: allScripture Reading: allRCL Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6Focus: The role of God’s people in The Plan is participation.Function: to serve, love, and spread … Continue reading My Place in the Plan

The Big Plan

Message Title: The Big PlanTheme: Back to the BasicsSeason: Advent 1RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36Focus: Christmas isn’t about a baby, it’s about a Savior fulfilling God’s plan.Function: To prepare our hearts for the fulfillment of that plan and actively wait, living faithfully.Other Notes: God wants all creation restored (think … Continue reading The Big Plan

Not The King

Message Title: Not the KingTheme: ThronesSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: Mark 13:1-8Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 or Daniel 12:1-3 or 1 Samuel 2:1-10** Psalm 16 Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 Mark 13:1-8Focus: Jesus warns his disciples to not be led astray by false teachers.Function: To raise caution towards our allegiances and loyalties by … Continue reading Not The King

The Hallmark Original

Message Title: The Hallmark OriginalTheme: RuthSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: Ruth 1:1-18Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:11-14RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 or Ruth 1:1-18 Psalm 119:1-8 or Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34Focus: The story of Ruth is first and foremost the story of love between Naomi & Ruth.Function: To develop friendships and relationships that will encourage your growth as … Continue reading The Hallmark Original

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Message Title: Open Mouth, Insert FootTheme: In Our SorrowsSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: Job 42:1-6, 10Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28RCL Scripture: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 or Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) or Psalm 126 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52Focus: Job responds to God with faith and humility.Function:  To find our own humility in suffering or prosperity, leaving the justice to … Continue reading Open Mouth, Insert Foot

GOD EXPLAIN YOURSELF!

Message Title: GOD EXPLAIN YOURSELF! Theme: In Our Sorrows Season: Ordinary Main Text: Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Scripture Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10 RCL Scripture: Job 38:1-7, (34-41) or Isaiah 53:4-12 Psalm 91:9-16 or Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Focus: God responds to Job’s questions without justifying himself. Function: To stop justifying God’s action in … Continue reading GOD EXPLAIN YOURSELF!

Stage Left is Satan?!

Message Title: Stage Left is Satan?!Theme: In Our SorrowsSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: Job 1:1, 2:1-10Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12RCL Scripture: Genesis 2:18-24 or Job 1:1, 2:1-10 Psalm 8 or Psalm 26 Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16Focus: Job is a parable told through two vantage points.Function: To reframe our brains about the Parable of Job and consider … Continue reading Stage Left is Satan?!

Mama’s Wisdom

Message Title: Mama’s WisdomTheme: Words of WisdomSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Proverbs 31:10-31Scripture Reading: James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8;RCL Scripture: Proverbs 31:10-31; Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 1; Psalm 54; James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37Focus: A mother reflects to her son about a wise partner.Function: To celebrate the wise people in our lives and to pursue … Continue reading Mama’s Wisdom

A Lady’s Wisdom

Message Title: A Lady’s WisdomTheme: Words of WisdomSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Proverbs 1:20-33Scripture Reading: James 3:1-12RCL Scripture: Proverbs 1:20-33 or Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 19 or Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38Focus: Proverbs opens with an image of wisdom depicted as a woman.Function: To accept God’s invitation into a fuller life.Other Notes: HOMECOMING & COMMUNION Homecoming … Continue reading A Lady’s Wisdom

Praising Wisdom

Post-Preaching Notes: I preached off of a simple outline this week. I knew what I wanted to say but didn’t write it all down because *excuses* the video has much more details than the notes. Message Title: Praising WisdomTheme: Words of WisdomSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Psalm 146Scripture Reading: James 2:1-17RCL Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; … Continue reading Praising Wisdom

The Beauty of Wisdom

Message Title: The Beauty of WisdomTheme: Words of WisdomSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: Song of Solomon 2Scripture Reading: James 1:17-27RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23Focus: The book Song of Songs shows the beauty of life as a form of wisdom.Function: To remember … Continue reading The Beauty of Wisdom

Season Finale

Message Title: Season FinaleTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason:  Ordinary TimeMain Text: 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20RCL Scripture: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 or 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 or Psalm 34:15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69Focus: Solomon builds the templeFunction: To become a listening people who walk with intention, guided by God’s spirit.Other … Continue reading Season Finale

The Beginning of a New Era

8/15/2021 Message Title: The Beginning of a New EraTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: Ordinary DaysMain Text: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20RCL Scripture: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 or Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 111 or Psalm 34:9-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58Focus: David dies and Solomon inherits the monarchy. Function: To acknowledge the faith legacy we inherit … Continue reading The Beginning of a New Era

Don’t Trust the Narrator

Post preaching: I was quite sick while preaching this week. In hindsight, I should have called in pulpit supply. Let this be a lesson to any other preachers out there–take the rest day. **The Sermon will contain a brief moment of sensitive content. Please use discretion for younger audiences or those with trauma history.** Message … Continue reading Don’t Trust the Narrator

Pt 2 Bathsheba’s Pain

**The Sermon will contain some sensitive content. Please use discretion for younger audiences or those with trauma history.** Message Title: Pt 2 Bathsheba’s PainTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13aScripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a or Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians … Continue reading Pt 2 Bathsheba’s Pain

The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1

**The Sermon will contain some sensitive content. Please use discretion for younger audiences or those with trauma history.** Message Title: The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1Theme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 or 2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 14 or Psalm 145:10-18 Ephesians … Continue reading The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1

The Roommate

Message Title: The RoommateTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-14aScripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a or Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 or Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56Focus: David intends to make God a home but God has other plans.Function: To turn our intentions for (insert thing) towards God’s intentions … Continue reading The Roommate

Lost & Found

Message Title: Lost & Found Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season:  Ordinary Time Main Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 24; Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 Focus: David moves the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. Function: To express gratitude for the … Continue reading Lost & Found

The Weird Thing About Grief

Message Title: The Weird Thing About Grief Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: Ordinary Main Text: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 130; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Focus: David grieves two deaths. Function: To talk about our interaction with death … Continue reading The Weird Thing About Grief

Who Wrote This Script

6/20/2021 Message Title: Who Wrote This Script? Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: ordinary time Main Text: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 or 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; Psalm 9:9-20; Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Focus: David … Continue reading Who Wrote This Script

Comparison is a Thief

6/6/2021 Message Title: Comparison is a Thief Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: Ordinary Time Main Text: 1 Samuel 8 (Israel demands a king/Saul) Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) or Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130 or Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Focus: Israel demands a king … Continue reading Comparison is a Thief

The Word Made Flesh

Message Title: The Word Made FleshTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 17:6-19Scripture Reading: Psalm 1RCL Scripture: *Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19Focus: Jesus prays for his disciples.Function: To engage with scripture academically and spiritually.Other Notes: Next week is Pentecost! SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 1 The truly happy person … Continue reading The Word Made Flesh

What Friends Are For

Message Title: What Friends Are ForTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 15:9-17Scripture Reading: Psalm 98RCL Scripture: *Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17Focus: Jesus charges his disciples to act as friends. Function: To engage with the Chosen Family of God rather than divide.Other Notes: Mother’s Day SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm … Continue reading What Friends Are For

Palm Sunday: A Man with The Promised Plan

Message Title: A Man with The Promised PlanTheme: Holy WeekSeason: LentMain Text: Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-7; 50:4-9a; 52:13-53:12Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11RCL Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 or Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 or Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)Focus: God promises deliverance through the Suffering Servant of Isaiah.Function: To believe in … Continue reading Palm Sunday: A Man with The Promised Plan

WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)

originally preached on 4/18/2021 Message Title: WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)Theme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: Luke 24:36b-48Scripture Reading: Psalm 4RCL Scripture: *Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48Focus: The resurrected Jesus reveals the truth through a snack. Function: To look for the physical redemption of creation and not just … Continue reading WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)

Prunes or Pruned?

Message Title: Prunes or Pruned?Theme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 15:1-8Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:25-31RCL Scripture: *Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8Focus: Jesus uses an analogy to prepare his disciples for his absence.Function: To reflect on the fruitfulness of our lives and prune off things that don’t help us … Continue reading Prunes or Pruned?

Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021 at 6:30pm Instructions: sit in your quarantine groups. These are people you’re comfortable sharing food with, hugging, and sharing conversation. We will participate in the Maundy Thursday story together not only in action but in conversation. To get us started, I invite you to go around your table (introduce yourself if needed) … Continue reading Maundy Thursday

Easter Sunday: Unlikely Voices

Message Title: Unlikely VoicesTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EASTER!Main Text: John 20:1-18Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24RCL Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8Focus: Women were the first to witness the resurrectionFunction: To realize that God can use me and join the celebration of hope.Other Notes: … Continue reading Easter Sunday: Unlikely Voices

Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Message Title: Is Christianity stuck in the Past?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34;Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33Focus: God establishes a new covenant with his people.Function: To see the complexity of our faith and In the midst of our convictions, we can … Continue reading Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Message Title: Promise Breakers & Weird Record MakersTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Numbers 21:4-9Scripture Reading: John 3:14-21RCL Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21Focus: God keeps God’s promisesFunction: To stop wishing for Egypt and look forward to breaking cycles by stepping forward with GodOther Notes: Guinness Records in Indiana https://www.indystar.com/story/life/2014/10/09/guiness-book-world-records-hoosiers/16960841/Continue reading Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Laws Made To Be Broken

Message Title: Laws Made to Be BrokenTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Exodus 20:1-17;Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22Focus: God makes a covenant with Israel through Moses.Function: To separate ourselves from the legalism of religion and enter into the spiritual journey of a faith focused on … Continue reading Laws Made To Be Broken

Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Message Title: Fancy Titles & Big GesturesTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16Scripture Reading: Mark 8:31-38RCL Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9Focus: God makes a covenant with Abram & Sarai and seals it with a sign.Function: To return God’s commitment with a commitment of our … Continue reading Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Does God Break Promises?

Message Title: Does God Break Promises?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 9:8-17Scripture Reading: Mark 1:9-15RCL Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15Focus: God makes a covenant with all creation through Noah.Function: To set our minds for the season of lent and a renewed dependance on God.Other Notes: Guinness Records in … Continue reading Does God Break Promises?

Jesus Gets A Makeover

Originally Preached on Feb 14th, 2021 Message Title: Jesus Gets a MakeoverTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 9:2-10Scripture Reading: Psalm 50:1-6RCL Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9Focus: Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, & John.Function: To acknowledge how we have changed the image of Jesus & Christianity … Continue reading Jesus Gets A Makeover

God Invented Rest

Message Title: God Invented RestTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:29-39Scripture Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20cRCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39Focus: Amid Jesus’ ministry, he took time to rest.Function: To accept the gift of rest and find time to recharge our own metaphorical batteries.Other Notes: Alfred L … Continue reading God Invented Rest

Can We Really Know?

Service originally recorded on 1/24/2021 Message Title: Can We Really Know?Theme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:14-20Scripture Reading: Psalm 62:5-12RCL Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20Focus: Mark depicts Jesus calling his first disciples different from John’s Gospel.Function: To find peace in the exploration of scripture by acknowledging … Continue reading Can We Really Know?

A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Service from 1/31/2021: I was contact traced during COVID and required to stay home for 10 days (incubation time) until I could test negative. This service was broadcast on Facebook live from my home. Message Title: A Message from BeyondTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:21-28Scripture Reading: Psalm 111RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; … Continue reading A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Illuminated Discoveries

Message Title: Illuminated DiscoveriesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason:  EpiphanyMain Text: John 1:43-51Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51Focus: Nathaniel, the skeptic, becomes a disciple of Jesus.Function: To review the changes of the church over time and recognize the dawn of change to come.Other … Continue reading Illuminated Discoveries

Waters Changing Tides

Message Title: Waters Changing TidesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EPIPHANY (started Jan 6th)Main Text: Mark 1:4-11Scripture Reading: Psalm 29RCL Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11Focus: John the Baptist baptizes Jesus, and a voice claims Jesus as his son.Function: To commit or recommit to the continual transformation of our baptism.Other Notes: (Wisemen … Continue reading Waters Changing Tides

Shout it from the Roof Tops

Message Title: Shout it from the Roof TopsTheme: God’s consistencySeason: ChristmasMain Text: John 1:(1-9), 10-18Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18Focus: Jesus was present & part of the plan from the beginning.Function: To practice awe and wonder while considering the implications of our beliefs on our lives.Other Notes: … Continue reading Shout it from the Roof Tops

Risky Business

Message Title: Risky BusinessTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 40:1-11;Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-8RCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8Focus: God speaks of a future peace for Judah.Function: To commit to a life of peace-bringing and search out ways to bring peace. Other Notes: Traditional themes each week: Hope, Peace, … Continue reading Risky Business

God, You’re Late

Message Title: God, You’re LateTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 64:1-9;Scripture Reading: Mark 13:24-37RCL Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37Focus: Isaiah asks God to provide Judah’s hope of restoration. (the People are blaming God)Function: To pick up our Gospel responsibility and leave God’s responsibilities to God.– To wait, trust, … Continue reading God, You’re Late

Farm Animals & Kings

Message Title: Farm Animals & KingsTheme: Christ the King SundaySeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 25:31-46Scripture Reading: Psalm 100RCL Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46Focus: Jesus’ parable calls for action, not just pretty words.Function: To get involved in the messiness of the Gospel by loving people that are hard to love. Other … Continue reading Farm Animals & Kings

Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Originally preached on 11/15/2020 at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, In Title: Forest Roots: A Bonus EpisodeTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Judges 4:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30RCL Scripture: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30Focus:  Israel forgets the dependable character of God.Function:  To be a Christian … Continue reading Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Commitment to My Roots

11/1/2020 Sermon Message Title: Commitment to My RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Joshua 3:7-17Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12;RCL Scripture: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12Focus: God commits to Joshua and makes it known to Israel through big … Continue reading Commitment to My Roots

Back to Our Roots

Message Title: Back to Our RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Deuteronomy 34:1-12;Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-46RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46Focus:  Moses dies and transfers leadership to Joshua as Israel enters the Promise Land.Function: To think about our roots as we plan our future … Continue reading Back to Our Roots

Do You Even Know Me?

Message Title: Do You Even Know Me?Theme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 45:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13); 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22Focus: God speaks through the prophet to King Cyrus.Function: To worship God for his dominion has no bounds and to celebrate that God … Continue reading Do You Even Know Me?

Musical Heresy

Originally preached on 10/4/2020 Message Title: Musical HeresyTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 5:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46Focus: Israel did not stay faithful to the message God gave their ancestors.Function: To hold our love of history/tradition in balance with … Continue reading Musical Heresy

Unclear Expectations

Originally preached 10-11-2020 Postscript: This sermon also saw some changes between the preparation, practice, and preaching. I’ll share the video of the sermon when it is uploaded to youtube. Message Title: Unclear ExpectationsTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 25:1-9Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians … Continue reading Unclear Expectations

Popular Kids

Postscript: the recording of this sermon was outside and a very windy day. Therefore, the audio is awful and I won’t be posting a video. Message Title: Popular KidsTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 21:23-32Scripture Reading: Exodus 17:1-7RCL Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew … Continue reading Popular Kids

That’s So Unfair!

Post Script: Once again, my sermon took an interesting turn compared to what I had prepared. What a fun conundrum on Sunday! I got to church and tried to print off my sermon, but the printer wasn’t working. I make an outline and used that in place of my manuscript notes. Here’s the full service … Continue reading That’s So Unfair!

Forgive and Forget

9/13/2020 at Homecoming Outdoor Worship Post Script: this sermon was not an easy one to write. I really struggled with this passage because of my own story of forgiveness. Message Title: Forgive & ForgetTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:21-35Scripture Reading: Exodus 14:19-31RCL Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; … Continue reading Forgive and Forget

Be the Bigger Person

Post Script: This sermon unfolded differently than the manuscript I prepared. Check out this link to my YouTube channel if you would like to compare the two: Sermon on 9/6/2020 Message Title: Be the Bigger PersonTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:15-20Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekiel 33:7-11; … Continue reading Be the Bigger Person

Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Outside Worship at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, IN on 8/30/2020 Message Title: Whose Redemption Story Is this?Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 3:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-21RCL Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28Focus: God invites Moses to be part of the redemption of Israel.Function: To … Continue reading Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Unconventional Redemption

Message Title: Unconventional RedemptionTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-8;RCL Scripture: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20Focus: God uses women in Israel’s exodus & redemption story.Function:  To find yourself and others in the Big Redemption story and see your little redemption coinciding with The Big … Continue reading Unconventional Redemption

Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Liberty Baptist on August 16th, 2020 Message Title: Sugar Coated PlansTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 45:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32;RCL Scripture: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28Focus: God redeems the story of 12 brothers.Function: To not blame or attribute God for our pains, … Continue reading Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

Liberty Baptist on August 9th, 2020 Yes, the cinematics are terrible. My apologies. Message Title: Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28;Scripture Reading: Romans 10:5-15;RCL Scripture: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33Focus: Abraham’s family dysfunction is generational but … Continue reading Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

By Any Other Name

Message Title: By Any Other NameTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 32:22-31Scripture Reading: Romans 9:1-5;RCL Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21Focus: Jacob wrestles a mysterious person and receives a name change.Function: To recognize the redemption arch in our own story and that God hasn’t finished … Continue reading By Any Other Name

Evil Plans Foiled

Message Title: Evil Plans FoiledTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 8: (12-25) 26-39; Scripture Reading:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52RCL Scripture: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52Focus: Paul says nothing can separate us from God’s love.Function: To receive God’s unconditional love and to celebrate our adoption and how … Continue reading Evil Plans Foiled

Paintings

I enjoy painting. I prefer to use acrylic as my main medium though I have used oil in the past but would grow frustrated with paint thinner and clean up. However, I do not do well with water color…I’m rather impatient and water color requires more patience. Honestly, I hadn’t painted since early 2018. Prior … Continue reading Paintings

The Constancy of Change

Message Title: The Constancy of ChangeTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 7:15-25a;Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30Focus: Paul speaks about the struggle of following God’s word.Function: To pursue the upward spiral of spiritual formation by connecting with God, community, and education.Other Notes: COMMUNION// THE BUTLER (Cecil Gains changes his mind about the Civil Rights movement) … Continue reading The Constancy of Change