“…that very Spirit intercedes with groans too deep for words.”

Life is hard! Yes, indeed life is hard. The apostle Paul knew that well. He had been beaten repeatedly, shipwrecked, lost at sea, and imprisoned on several occasions. Sometimes we don't know what to pray, or even how to pray. But Paul, writing from a prison cell, reminds us that God shares in our suffering and is already interceding for us.  What hardship can separate us from God? Paul answers that nothing can separate us from the love of God. The sermon text is Romans 8:26-39. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.”

Do you pull weeds in your yard? Isn't weeding a good thing to do? After all, shouldn't we eradicate invasive species? Jesus told the story of the master who noticed weeds growing among his crop of wheat. The workers ask if they should pull up and root out the weeds. But the master says, "No. Leave them alone." Why? Shouldn't they have yanked out the weeds? What was Jesus thinking? The sermon text is Matthew 13:24-30. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there until they have watered the earth, … so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty.”

Pastor Mark preaches on creation spirituality and what it says about us as creatures created by God. We are part of God's purpose and are sustained by God's purpose.  Even with all our faults and weaknesses, God's grace sustains us because it is part of his purpose in creating the universe.  Like fish in an ocean, we, as creatures created by God, swim in an ocean of grace. The sermon text is Isaiah 55:8-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

Pastor Mark preaches on the deeper biblical meaning of what it means to welcome one another: "To welcome another is to receive them as we would a gift, making them our own, and then reordering our lives to value the gift given. To receive another is to take another in so that they become part of our lives, bring to us a freshness, a perspective, a vitality, a richness that we would otherwise have not known."  Mark comments that our love for each other in our Christian community is one of our great riches, and it is not without its peril. The sermon text is Matthew 10:40-42. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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