Category Archives: Sermons

Lazarus Come Out

Mary said, Lazarus…come out. Her heart was broken the day of his funeral. Wealthy, they could afford to pay professional mourners to wail and carry on at her younger brother’s cave like tomb. Yet, even the best and most experienced mourner was not crying as hard as Mary. Her brother drove her crazy. Younger, but always bossy like he was in charge. When he was a child she couldn’t keep him out of her stuff. As an adult, she couldn’t keep his nose out of her business. Lazarus had opinions about her marriage, her husband, how often she visited their mother, how much she fed her children and even which of her three tunics she should wear to their sister’s wedding. But, oh how she treasured the concern and care beneath his bossiness and opinions. Maybe more than anyone else in the world, Lazarus loved her. She knew this. Now, he was dead. Gone. Lazarus…come out.    Continue reading Lazarus Come Out

Mark 10:35-45 Scrub the Jerk Out of Us

Let’s just get it out there, the Sons of Zebedee look like jerks in our scripture from Mark. If you don’t think so, then explain why Luke who used nearly all of Mark’s gospel word for word when he wrote his own gospel of Jesus, conveniently left this story out. Explain why Matthew, who also copied much of Mark, added another character when he told this story. The Sons of Zebedee’s mother asked Jesus for the best seats in the coming Kingdom of God for her boys, not James and John. Why did Matthew and Luke do this? Because they didn’t want to make two of the most important disciples of Jesus look like jerks. Continue reading Mark 10:35-45 Scrub the Jerk Out of Us

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