Sermon, June 28th, 2020: “Compassion Is An Act of Love”

Gospel Reading Mark 6: 34-37 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” Leader: This is the Gospel of … Continue reading Sermon, June 28th, 2020: “Compassion Is An Act of Love”

Sermon, June 22, 2020, “Listening Is An Act of Love”

New Testament Reading James 1: 19-27 19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for … Continue reading Sermon, June 22, 2020, “Listening Is An Act of Love”

Sermon, June 14th, 2020, “Creating a Space of Welcome”

Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) Reading Genesis 18: 1-8 18:1 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 18:2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 18:3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 18:4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 18:5 Let … Continue reading Sermon, June 14th, 2020, “Creating a Space of Welcome”

Trinity Sunday: A Trinitarian (Beloved) Community”

Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) Reading Genesis 1: 26-28, 31 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 1:27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 1:28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, … Continue reading Trinity Sunday: A Trinitarian (Beloved) Community”

Pentecost Sermon 2020: “Pentecost: The Conspiracy of Breathing”

Acts 2:1-11  1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at … Continue reading Pentecost Sermon 2020: “Pentecost: The Conspiracy of Breathing”

Sermon from Quarantine for Ascension Sunday

Gospel Reading- Luke 24: 44-53              24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 24:46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name … Continue reading Sermon from Quarantine for Ascension Sunday

Sermons from Quarantine: “Searching for…”

Scripture for May 17th, 2020 Sixth Sunday of Easter Psalm 66:8-20 8 Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, 9 who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. 10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. 11 You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs; 12 you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. 13 I will come into your … Continue reading Sermons from Quarantine: “Searching for…”

Sermon from Quarantine: “With God, Now”

Gospel Reading- John 14: 1-14 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we … Continue reading Sermon from Quarantine: “With God, Now”

From Meridian to Main

It was a warm and sunny July morning as I drove west on Colfax.  It was my first day as Senior Pastor of First Church in downtown South Bend. I stopped briefly at a red light getting ready to turn onto Main Street, I saw a man dart out from the sidewalk onto the road. He approached my car as he yelled obscenities and gave me and everyone around him the middle finger. Welcome to downtown South Bend, my new context for ministry. My previous four years were spent being in ministry in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in … Continue reading From Meridian to Main

Message from Quarantine: “On the Road: Already a Blessing”

Gospel Reading- Luke 24: 13-35 Message- “On the Road: Already a Blessing” Did you do your homework this week? If you remember, I offered to you this spiritual reflection exercise called mapping your spiritual journey. So class, disciples, students, did you do your homework? I worked on mine with our young adults several weeks ago when we met, then I brought it home and it disappeared after my 4-year-old colored all over it. I know that’s the equivalent of “my dog ate my homework,” but it’s true. Did you do your homework? If not, I ask that you complete your … Continue reading Message from Quarantine: “On the Road: Already a Blessing”