Category Archives: Sermons

Our Mission: Summer Sermon Series

As part of a year-long process, leaders at Messiah worked together to discern God’s vision for us and how to move forward in that vision. Our new mission statement now reads: “Filled with the Holy Spirit, we worship and serve as one body of Christ to share God’s love.” 

This summer we are reflecting on our new mission statement and the values of Messiah that shape our mission.  Join us as we celebrate the gifts God has given us and the new thing God is doing in us and through us!

June 24th: Our Mission

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, we worship and serve as one body of Christ to share God’s love.” 

July 1st: Discipleship

Empowered by the Spirit, we live out our faith proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed.  We share our time, talents and abundance serving one another and the world.

July 8th: Inclusiveness

Created in God’s image we embrace our differences.  We invite and welcome all as we worship and share God’s love with the community around us.

July 15th: Growth

God is always doing something new.  We seek to discern God’s will and are open to taking risks and dream new possibilities for ministry.

July 22nd: Servant Leadership

We are called to be Christ’s light in the world.  We raise up and equip faithful leaders to be loving, honest and passionate servants.

July 29th: Fellowship

God gives us to one another to be in relationship.  We gather in many ways to build a community that loves, serves and encourages.

August 5th: Education

Grounded in Christ, we deepen our faith by asking questions that arise from scripture, our experiences and the world in which we live.  We encourage the joyous gifts of curiosity and learning in people of all ages.

August 12th: Outreach

Because Christ first showed us love, we share that love with all who hunger in body, mind and spirit.  We have a heart for the world, seeing and responding to the need around us.

August 19th: Worship

Shaped by our gratitude for all that God has done and is doing for us, we glorify God through Spirit-filled worship with Word, Sacraments and music.

The Kingdom of God is like a Weed

Like a lot of you, I raked and weeded my three acres of flower gardens in May that my wife Paige insisted we plant fifteen years ago against my strenuous objections. Then I purchased and shoveled out the twenty tons of black mulch, using a gift card from our youth of course. It looked great for a week, pristine, beautiful, nothing but black, green and a little color of the flowers just starting to blossom. The first of June, I noticed a thistle. Yesterday when I mowed, uninvited plants were everywhere. I couldn’t even get a month of perfection without weeds ruining everything.   Continue reading The Kingdom of God is like a Weed

Pentecost Sunday 2018

A few years ago, I was talking to a Lutheran friend from Toledo on the phone on the Sunday afternoon of Pentecost. I asked how Pentecost worship went at their church that morning. He replied he had attended but had not realized it was Pentecost Sunday. I was amazed. I told them that whatever else Messiah got out of the service on Pentecost Sunday, they would leave with the clear knowledge it was Pentecost Sunday. Continue reading Pentecost Sunday 2018

Mark 7:1-23

Mark 7:1-23

  1. Prayer
  2. Scripture
  3. Discussion
    1. We all have ways in which we become “legalistic” – focusing on one commandment, one idea, one “sin” over against any other. What are the things (religious traditions, duties, etc) that you tend to become more legalistic about?
      1. What helps call this to your attention?
    2. Jesus tells the Pharisees to “walk the talk” when quoting scripture: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” What are the things that distract you from walking the talk? (Make this about yourself, not other people!)
    3. Expand on how what comes out of a person defiles. What are the ways it defiles?
    4. Desert father, Abbot Moses: “They who are conscious of their own sins have no eyes for the sins of their neighbors.”  What do you think this means?

Continue reading Mark 7:1-23

King Jesus

Parades should be easy to understand, but sometimes at a parade we just don’t get it. When my daughter Abbey was about four years old, we took the entire family to downtown Toledo for a Fourth of July Day parade. It was a beautiful day. The parade featured school bands, politicians, a few floats from local groups, Shriners in their little cars and of course clowns. Continue reading King Jesus

I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

The scripture for this sermon is from John 10:1-10.

Jesus said, I am the gate. The gate Jesus has in mind is the gate for an enclosure of sheep. Farmers in Jesus’ day penned their sheep next to the house, with only one entrance into the pen, the gate. We start understanding this metaphor by thinking about what gates do. When I was six someone left our gate open allowing George, a beagle mix, to escape the yard. We didn’t know George was exploring the neighborhood until a neighbor ran to our house to tell us that he had been hit on the next street over. As a family, we ran and picked up George’s body from the street and carried him home, where he died. Gates protect what is inside the fence from what might be outside the fence. Continue reading I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

Psalm 25 Humble me God

The sermon for this text is Psalm 25:1-10

3 Let none who look to you be put to shame; rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.

I have been reading this text for about two weeks now and this is the line that keeps catching my eye. What David is saying to God, is that if someone has to go down, please make it the jerk over there, because I am one of the good guys. Continue reading Psalm 25 Humble me God