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Sermons

September 16, 2018

Jesus, who do you say that we are? - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Jesus would say, "You are my flock and even if the 99 were with me, if you were lost, I would come and find you." He would say, "You are my family and I have prepared a place for each of you in the reign of God and you will be with me there forever." He would continue, "You are my hands touching people with my love and inviting them to call my love home." Finally, He would tell us, "You are children of God, holy and precious in God's sight."

September 15, 2018

"Who do you say that I am?" - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

So I ask you, how do you see the mission of Jesus? I think Jesus summed it all up with his question "Who do you say that I am?" This is a question from 2000 years ago that we answer on a daily basis today. We answer that question in our prayers and indeed, even in the way we live our life.

September 9, 2018

Time to tell everyone - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

And so unlike that day that we visited 2000 years ago in today's gospel, all the ingredients are in, the picture is now complete. The picture includes the cross that makes know to us the depth of God's saving love for us, a love that holds us in God's care and keeping at all times through all things. The picture includes an empty tomb that promises that God's love for us is for all time; that promises us that we shall live in the house of the Lord forever. The picture is now complete. So unlike that time in the gospel when Christ asked that His healings be kept secret, that "tell no one" day of 2000 years ago; it is time to go and tell everyone.

September 8, 2018

Only through Him - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

He wants us to understand, accept, and believe that through Him we can obtain eternal salvation through God who has a plan for all his children.

September 2,, 2018

The children - by Pastor Steve (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

When it comes to being faith being nurtured in this place right along with those of us who are shall we say chronologically gifted, children are also nurtured here, nurtured in the faith, nurtured in the way of Jesus. And it is just so important for that nurturing in the way of Jesus to be a part of their life from the start of their life. A congregation that welcomes and fully embraces little ones is a gift to its community because just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a congregation to raise a disciple. Let us tell the world, "We are that congregation!"

September 1, 2018

Rituals? - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

"There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defiles." Most people get heart checkup and start watching what goes into their mouth. Jesus recommends that we check out our hearts and then start watching what come out of them!

August 26, 2018

The miracle is that he chose us - by Pastor Stephen Bissong (Pastor Steve) (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Jesus is the living bread that nourishes us in body and mind and spirit, the living bread that offers renewal for the times that we trip while on the journey, that locks us in his bosom when we are frightened or sad. We gather in this place over and over again to hear that message of amazing grace and in that way the spirit renews and deepens our trust that Jesus' way is the only way. We are here because Peter's words are ours as well, "Lord to whom else would we go? You have the words that bring wholeness and life and Holy purpose and that peace that passes understanding. We have come to know and believe you are the holy one of God. But praise God, long before we spoke those words and embraced them in our hearts, Jesus first and forever chose us and embraced us in his.

August 25, 2018

Living in a relationship with God - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

As we strive to live in a relationship with God, we must always remember and cling to the fact that Jesus gave his life so we could have eternal life. As a sacrifice for our sin so we might know the love of God which graces us as His redeemed children. We are united with Christ bgy believing in his death, the sacrifice of his flesh, and the resurrection and by devoting ourselves to living as he requires us to live, depending upon his teachings for guidance and trusting in the Holy Spirit for the power.

August 19, 2018

Faith, hope and mission - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

People need to know that Jesus changes everything. Jesus changes life and Jesus is not just a book on a shelf or a selection you pull up on your radio, but Jesus is the Lord who brings you life in all if its wholeness. So for all of you at Hope I look forward to hearing your new story of faith and hope and mission that will come from this congregation in the future.

August 18, 2018

Living in Jesus - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

The recognition that we live in Jesus is both comforting and challenging. It's comforting because it means we don't have to do everything. When our personal lives are chaotic or disappointing, when our society is so polarized and violent, we remember that we live and move and have our being in Jesus. That is our context. It is a context of judgment but also of hope. It is a context in which we are expected to invite Jesus into our hearts and, as a result, to persevere or remain or abide in following his teachings and believing in his unique identity.

August 12, 2018

This God will see you through the journey - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Wherever we are at in life and whatever we are facing, God understands and God knows. God wants our wellbeing. God wants wholeness and healing in our lives.

August 11, 2018

The little seed - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

We have to be that little tiny seed that will sprout and when we have a lot of little tiny seeds they grow and grow. They grow out here in the community, They grow when we walk outside. It grows when we call somebody up we haven't seen. It grows when somebody gets an encouraging word or just a hug. That's the little mustard seed we plant and God nourishes it and keeps it going.

August 5, 2018

God's gifts - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Just celebrate all the gifts God has given you whatever those gifts may be, but remember the greatest gift you have is Jesus and when we come to the table for communion where in bread and in wine God gives to us the very body and blood of Jesus, it is a meal of forgiveness and strength and power and love. Then go forth fed and nourished and walk by God.

August 4, 2018

Manna from heaven - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

Jesus is the true bread that comes down from heaven and as members of Christ's church, Jesus continues to feed us with his presence and the gift of God's grace through his word and through his sacraments.

July 29, 2018

Limited resources? - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

"If we only have limited resources, we must remember that inthe end we have Jesus and that' what is important.

July 28, 2018

Don't be afraid! - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

So what happens in our lives when the storms come in? What happens in those times when we are trying to row to the other side and we are not getting anywhere? What happens is that Jesus not only feeds us literally and spiritually, but he also attends to us when we are in trouble like he attended to his disciples on the stormy lake. Eventually they got to the other side and eventually if we have God in our lives, when the storm comes up and the rocky waves start to pull us back and forth and in and out, we can turn to Jesus knowing that he is right there telling us, "Don't be afraid, it's me!."

July 22, 2018

Maybe we are the fringe - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

"If only we could touch the fringe of Jesus' robe we would be healed," said the crowd. Maybe you are the fringe on the robe of our savior. May people find you. And may they be loved by you, cared for by you, and healed.

July 21, 2018

The Rest Factor - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

A lot of us try to function without the Rest Factor that Jesus wants us to include in our lives. We're plenty busy, the results are disappointing. When we factor in some rest, some Sabbath time, we are not working as much, but what we do is more significant, more meaningful that it was when we were always on the go.

July 15, 2018

Chosen, redeemed, sealed - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

No, we did not win the lottery, but, oh something so much better!

July 14, 2018

Following Jesus - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

When we follow Jesus our minds are set free.

July 8, 2018

You can count on that day after day - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

When you talk to Jesus, you are talking to a friend and the person who write the hymn, "What a friend we have in Jesus," was not kidding. The person knew what they were talking about. God's grace, his unconditional love is sufficient for us and the power of Cgrist will be made perfect in us even in our human weakness.

July 7, 2018

Have we been rejected or embraced? - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

In my experience Jesus has taught me that there is grace to be found when I fail and am rejected. I now just let the rejections just roll off of my back. I continue to preach the Good News of Jesus. I continue to invite people to worship with me. Jesus is standing right next to me. He has known rejection and how it feels. And in Him I am whole.

July 1, 2018

We are people of God in Christ Jesus - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

As people of God we need to be out there in the world. We need to love and pray and work for the good of all peoples. Not just because we are the United States of America, but more importantly, because we belong to God in Christ Jesus.

June 30, 2018

He gives us new life - by Deacon John (Saturday 4:30 PM )

We have a new life in Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus, when we trust in Jesus, when we look to Jesus for healing, he heals us. When we look to Jesus for new life, he gives us new life. Jesus reaches out to all of us. Jesus loves all of us. Jesus gives us new life and he gives us that new life by going to that cross, and by going to that grave, and by coming back and being resurrected.

June 24, 2018

Remember me - by Pastor Chuck (Sunday 8 and 10 am)

Do not remember Jesus just in church. Remember him when you go out into the world. Remember him when you are driving. Remember him when the storms of life come. He can still the storm. He is a good shepherd who is with you, for you, and knows every one of you by name. God knows you intimately and loves you just as you are..

June 23, 2018

He's got the whole world in his hands - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

Even if he doesn't wake up and quiet the storm, I'm safe with him. And if he does wake up and quiets the storm, he's probably going to say: "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" And I can live with that.

June 9, 2018

Jesus did not leave a list - by Deacon Diane (Saturday 4:30 PM )

For those of us who thrive on lists, who need "things to do" to establish some comfort level, this story of Jesus will not comply with our wishes. We will have to be willing to come along for the journey. We will just have to trust this Jesus and in the invitation to join him and to believe that in his company we will participate in the unfolding of the good news of God's kingdom among us in in our world.

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