“Is not this the carpenter…?”

Is your faith growing? Or, are you stuck in your faith? Are there people around you who are stuck in their faith?  Pastor Mark tells the story of how Jesus responded to those stuck in their faith when he taught in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. The sermon text is Mark 6:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees …”

Pastor Mark applies the message of the prophet Isaiah to our current administration in Washington and draws disturbing parallels between the treatment of Jews by the Nazis in Germany and our government's treatment of immigrants. The sermon text is Isaiah 10:1-4. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

Pastor Mark preaches on the peril of being too familiar, too casual with God. But the ultimacy of God is matched by an intimacy; while God is beyond our understanding, God understands us more deeply than we understand ourselves.The sermon text is Job 38:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“… the kingdom of God, … is like a grain of mustard seed, …”

Pastor Mark begins with the assertion that Jesus has no idea who God is, and then confesses that he also has no idea who God is. If we open our eyes and minds to God's creation, we discover a sense of awe, wonder, and mystery. We find a God who creates, who loves, who sustains, who transforms. The sermon text is Mark 4:26-34. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“… my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning …”

Pastor Mark focuses on the beautiful, powerful poetry of Psalm 130 and reflects on what it means to "wait for the Lord". The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching. The reading of Psalm 130 is included in the podcast.

00:0000:00

“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord.”

Pastor Jason leads the congregation in a discussion of what we have, as a church and as individuals, to be thankful for. The sermon text is 2 Chronicles 5:11-14. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

00:0000:00

“And immediately they followed…”

Using the story of the the disciples responding to Jesus' call to follow him, Pastor Mark offers some advice to the congregation as it discerns how to respond to Mark's announcement of his impending retirement. The sermon text is Mark 1:16-20.  The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“… God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams …”

On this Pentecost Sunday, Pastor Mark asks the question, "Are you on fire?"  When we catch fire, the younger among us see visions, and the older dream dreams. And the Church requires both!  The Church is being continuously reborn at every moment in these ways. The sermon text is Acts 2:2-4 and 2:14-21. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“… they were gazing up to heaven …”

On this Ascension Day, Pastor Mark preaches on the ascension of Jesus. The apostles responded to it by gazing into heaven, but they were told to lower their gaze to the earth and to wait in prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit . The sermon text is Acts 1:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00

“…even on the Gentiles …”

Pastor Mark preaches on drawing lines - boundaries between countries, states, nationalities, races, etc. In Jesus' time, the Jewish faith was great at drawing lines about what was clean and unclean, what was work and what was not. But Jesus seemed to be blind to lines; he ignored them. Pastor Mark points out that lines are not real; they are things we make up. And having made them up, we start to believe they are real, creating all kinds of problems. Thinking that our lines are real, we come to live in an increasingly distorted and untrue world. Drawing lines is a response to our deepest insecurities, and somehow we feel safer if we can draw a line. Drawing lines creates differences and otherness. We see in Jesus what it is to live an unlined life and to approach another person as they are. The Holy Spirit blows across every boundary as if it is not there - because it is not there. In God's world, you can't draw a line anywhere. The sermon text is Acts 10:44-48. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

00:0000:00