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Sermons on Lent

Palm Sunday – Lay Down Your Palms: Jesus’ Protest Against Violence (Mark 11:1-11)

Jesus humbly enters Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowd responds by laying out palm branches and joyfully proclaiming messianic praise: “Hosanna to the King of Israel!” Though initially embraced, Jesus’ new kind of kingship and new kind of kingdom will be ultimately rejected. Opening Hymn: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, Hymnal, #238Ministry of Music: Youth Choir – “The King of Glory” Closing Doxology: All…

Lent 5 – The School of Hard Knocks: Sympathy Learned Through Suffering (Hebrews 4:14-5:10)

To encourage a struggling faith community, the author of Hebrews hopes to inspire them to prayerful faithfulness by reminding them of Jesus, our great high priest. During his earthly ministry, he struggled with temptation and labored in prayer, and is therefore perfectly equipped to be our gentle guide in our own challenges. Opening Hymn: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, Hymnal #617…

Lent 3 – Closer to the Heart: God’s Silent and Spoken Witness (Psalm 19)

God reveals Godself through the beauty, glory, and grandeur of creation. But, even more importantly, God reveals Godself through God’s saving actions and God’s testimony concerning these actions. In this way, God’s “word” becomes a means of grace, manifesting God’s presence, and renewing and restoring the soul. Opening Hymn: God of Grace and God of Glory Ministry of Music: Sophia Landowski –…

Lent 2 – Hope Against Hope: Believing God’s Promises (Romans 4:13-25)

The Apostle Paul reveals what is at the heart of saving faith: believing God’s promises no matter the circumstances, even when one “hopes against hope”. It is God’s faithfulness that we have faith in, not our own. Opening Hymn: “Praise to the Lord” Ministry of Music: Ed Muelling – “Amazing Grace with My Chains Are Gone” Closing Doxology: “Praise God from Whom…

Lent 1 – Secret Service: When Spirituality Rings Hollow (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

Our spirituality should be simple, pure, and honest. We do not practice piety to be noticed by others but to please God. Good works like almsgiving, prayer, and fasting should be done, first and foremost, for God’s sake, regardless of human recognition or reward. God wants our hearts and not just our hands. Wholeness and integrity are the goal. Opening Hymn: Worship…

Ash Wednesday 2021

A special thank you to our Worship Team and Michal Gerard for their contributions to this service! Join us for our “After the Through the Bible Zoom Chat” at 7:30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86461064410​ Password is same for regulars. Contact Jenny or Rich if you need it.