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Sunday, January 29 “Blessed are the Peacemakers” ~ Jesus Christ, Gospel of Matthew Blessed too, Jesus says, are the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart and those who hunger and thrust for righteousness. This world of blessings sounds beautiful, but profoundly unlike the world in which we live. As much as we might be tempted, we cannot so easily s…
 
January 22, 2023 There is something evil happening in Ukraine. There is also something evil happening as a backdrop the story of Jesus calling his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew (4:12-23) What is the response of Jesus to such evil? To proclaim a simple message: “Repent, The Kingdom of God is at Hand.” A reflection on what repentance means and w…
 
Sunday, January 15, 2023 Jesus asks his would be followers “What are you seeking?” A simple yet challenging question. We too are invited to hear the question for us: “What are you seeking?” There are many things in life we are seeking, but Pastor Rob offers that his and likely our deepest longing is for the reconciliation, righteousness and joy in …
 
Baptism of Jesus January 8, 2023 We have way more choices than people in the past had, even compared to two or three generations ago. We have choices about what we wear, what we live, what technology we use, whom we befriend, what occupation we pursue, whom we love…the list goes on and on. We live a world of “designer me” in which we can be who we …
 
Christmas Eve 2022 Do you hunger for good news in the world and in your life? Come with Pastor Rob to the hills and hear the message of the angel to the Shepherd: “I bring you good news of great joy for all the people!” (Luke 2:1-20) Pastor Rob explores why this is such good news, even though it existed then and exists now in a world filled with tr…
 
Advent 4 2022 (Dec 18) Joseph is asked to become a step-father. This is an overwhelming task! Many in our congregation (and in my family) have been asked to assume responsibility for a child that is not their own. And like Joseph, they faithfully do this. God equips Joseph for this task; God does not leave Joseph alone — for God in Jesus Christ is …
 
Advent 3: Joy The meeting of Elizabeth and Mary exudes joy (Luke 1:39-55). Mary even proclaims the beautiful words: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” There is joy we often experience at Christmas time: joy in our stories, our singing, our gift giving and even our eating! All sorts of traditions and interactions t…
 
Advent 2 (December 4, 2022) How do you measure time? In Luke chapter 1 time is measured by trimesters of pregnancy. The ancient world measured time in different ways than we do today. We measure time typically in minutes, but the ancient world tended to measure time in terms of seasons or even moments. For today’s sermon, we reflect on the words of…
 
Advent 1, 2022 (Nov 27) “Do not be afraid” declares the angel to Zechariah. Turns out that 2,000 years later, we need these words too. We live in a world saturated with fear that affects just about every aspect of life. How do we know when our fear has moved from biological necessity to a spiritual obstacle? And when we realize our fear is too grea…
 
Christ the King Sunday (Nov 20, 2022) Associating “King” and “Jesus” is often uncomfortable for many people, for Jesus seems to embody the opposite of what we think about in a king. A reflection on Luke 23 and how the kings of this world demonstrate “The Love of Power” whereas the Jesus, the true King, embodies and gives us “The Power of Love.” The…
 
November 13, 2022 “O Sing to the Lord a New Song!” (Psalm 98) Sometimes in life we found ourselves filled with joy and we cannot help but sing a new song. At other times, however, our grief traps us and prevents us from singing a new song. What to do then? Pastor Rob reflects on the “6th stage” of grief, singing a new song. While this can be hard, …
 
All Saints Sunday, 2022 One of the many beautiful visions of heaven in the Bible appears in the book of Revelation (Revelation 7:9-17). This vision of heaven is completely counter-cultural to the cultures of its day as well as the cultures of today. It would not have occurred to anyone then or anyone now that this is actually what heaven looks like…
 
Zacchaeus is a lonely man. He is a lonely fortress, locked down and locked out of relationship. Jesus will restore him to relationship with his community by freeing Zacchaeus, enabling vulnerability and forgiveness. This is what Jesus does. The mighty fortress, who is our God, becomes the vulnerable and lonely one on the cross, so that we can have …
 
October 23, 2022 Today we wrap up the preaching series on Joseph with the powerful scene of Joseph reconciling with his brothers. The story resonates deep within us because we all have experienced reconciliation in our families OR more likely, are longing to experience such reconciliation. The more we wrestle with the story, the more we realize it …
 
October 16, 2022 The man in the picture is Judah (Genesis 44). You might not remember his name. In many ways, what he does suggests he should be forgotten: Judah is someone who betrayed his brother and had an affair with another family member. Currently, his family has no food and his brother has been arrested. And yet…Judah acts as an agent of God…
 
The question the past few years is not whether you got knocked down, but where you got up again! We’ve been pushed and challenged again and again, calling for resiliency. Pharaoh’s dreams will mean an incredible challenge for Joseph. Even though he has been pushed down repeatedly, he is willing to rise up and accept this task. It turns out that per…
 
October 2, 2022 “What am I to do with my life,” the young man asked me. I responded with a typical answer: “Find your passion!” Years later, I regret such an answer. A reflection on Joseph in prison, our purpose in life and how I would answer this question today. The image is from the quilts in our sanctuary, which will be given away. They point to…
 
September 25, 2022 The story of Joseph being sold into slavery is a tragic one. Some many people could have done something differently to avoid the situation. Pastor Rob focuses on the lack of courage in the story, specifically in the person of Reuben. It is easy to talk about relationships and character, but then come the moments of real test and …
 
September 18, 2022 “Is there enough to pay for groceries?” “Do I have enough patience for this challenge?” “Am I good enough to find a partner in life?” Questions about whether we have enough or even more deeply, if we are enough haunt us our whole life. As we begin our sermon series on Joseph, we recognize that the story of Joseph focuses on the q…
 
September 11, 2022 Can one be lost in one’s own home? In the parable of the lost coin (Luke 15:1-10), the coin is lost in its own home. Furthermore, the being lost is entirely not of its own doing, simply a result of how life flowed. In our own lives, we too can feel lost and disoriented, even in our own homes, for reasons entirely beyond our contr…
 
September 4, 2022 Doing the right thing is hard. Life gets messy! Sometimes, in fact, we might be tempted to think that following Jesus occurs in the wilderness, away from things and away from others. While getting away for a bit is good and healthy, ultimately, Jesus calls us to follow him and live our out discipleship amid the messiness of life. …
 
August 28, 2022 Was your childhood filled with audio cassettes, powdered milk or touch screens? Turns out the times are always changing! And its not just technology, its every facet of our lives: the broader culture, the relationships and even our bodies. We discover a need for something constant, something upon which we can build our lives. A refl…
 
August 21, 2022 Jesus heals a woman. The healing he brings is on many levels: physical, emotional, spiritual, relational and communal. Jesus wants to bring us this healing. Jesus brings this healing on the sabbath. And that is the rub. We live in a culture that no longer has any sabbath. So what might it look like to practice sabbath in our culture…
 
August 7, 2022 Jesus today tells us not to worry, assuring us of God’s provision. This is a reminder than even 2,000 years ago humans had worries! Yet, these days, we seem to have a such a high base level of anxiety. Why? There are many reasons, but Pastor Rob reflects on the impact of media and social media on our lives and hearts. The media (in a…
 
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