Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Promise Comes by Faith: GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16, ROMANS 4:13-25

Greetings on this second Sunday of Lent! Our passages this morning are GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16 and Romans 4:13-25. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Sign of the Covenant: GENESIS 9:8-17, 1 PETER 3:18-22

This morning's passages on this first Sunday of Lent are Genesis 9:8-17 and 1 Peter 3:18-22.

We're hearing a lot this week about Christians killed for their faith. Specifically about the 21 Egyptian  Christians who recently lost their lives for their faith. This week's passages speak to that suffering and give us an idea of what we can do for them all these thousands of miles away from our safe homes and churches.

The sermon podcast is here:
And the hymns are here:
The manuscript is after the break.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mark 9:2-9: Rabbi, it is good for us to be here

This morning,  many churches in the area have canceled their services due to the extreme and dangerous temperatures and wind, as well as some of the side roads around here never having been cleared and salted from the snow squall we got yesterday. My precious little church is one of those that chose to cancel our services this morning to keep our congregation inside the walls of their warm homes. 

Consequently, I have a sermon that won't be preached this morning. I decided to still post the manuscript here for those who are worshipping at home today and would like to read it. 

The scriptures today are Psalm 50:1-6 and Mark 9:2-9.

If you'd like to listen to the hymns we would have sign in church this morning, there is a playlist here:

I've also put together a playlist for Lent. It includes all the music we will be singing on Sunday mornings and during our Wednesday evening prayer services.

Today's sermon is after the jump.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ask the Pastor: Do I have to be re-baptized?

If I was baptized in another denomination, do I have to be baptized again to join this church?
            The short and easy answer to this one is. . . nope!
Baptism is a once for always thing. Doesn’t matter if you were baptized as a baby or as a senior citizen. As long as you were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, you are baptized. In the reformed tradition, baptism is a sacrament. The short definition of that is that it is a sign and a seal of the grace that is given to us by God. It’s a powerful moment of God moving in our lives, and it’s God doing the work, not us. There’s no need to be re-baptized because what God does stays done. And because it’s God’s work and not human work, baptism doesn’t go void or expire or anything if you move to another denomination.
            Sometimes, we will have services that are a remembrance of our baptism. These serve as a public reminder that we are a people set aside by God, but they don’t make us any more baptized than we were before.
            So. . . once baptized, always baptized.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Haven't You Heard? 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

This morning's scripture is 1 Corinthians 9:16-23.
The sermon is here:

The hymns are here: