Pastor Museus's Sermons

 

July 23, 2017 - Longing for God's Judgment

         Scripture Focus: Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds.

         "This parable of the wheat and the weeds might at first seem out of place with our usual image of Jesus as the one who came to show love and mercy. But when we remember that we do long for righteous judgment, and when we trust that God is not only righteous and fair, but most of all full of grace and compassion, then we can trust that even God’s judgment will be an act of grace that will bless us and our world."

July 9, 2017 - Hidden Burdens/Come to Jesus

         Scripture Focus: Paul struggles with the sin within himself; Jesus says "Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

         "We rejoice, O Christ, for in your tender compassion you shoulder our burdens and ease our heavy hearts. Give us the strength to carry each other as you have carried us."

June 25, 2017 - The Value of a Life

         Scripture Focus: Jesus tells the disciples: even though you will be persecuted, know that God cares for you.

         “'Even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid…'Your life matters."

June 11, 2017 - Made in the Image of God

         Scripture Focus: God creates the world

         God helps us to see that divine image in ourselves and in others.

May 22, 2017 - God Wants to be Found

         Scripture Focus: Paul preaches to the philosophers in Athens: "for in [God] we live and move and have our being."

         "God wants to be found by all people, and shows Godself in all of creation — including in us."

May 14, 2017 - The Joy of Easter and the Cost of Discipleship

         Scripture Focus: The story of the first martyr, Stephen; Jesus's farwell discourse to his disciples.

         "Today’s readings remind us that part of the meaning of Christ’s resurrection is that we are raised up to be the Body of Christ...if we are the Body of Christ, then we are a crucified body."

March 26, 2017 - The Lord has been/is/will be My Shepherd

        Scripture Focus: God sends the prophet Samuel to anoint a new king of Israel; Psalm 23

         "Remind yourself of who God is, and then in prayer practice trusting God, even in the times it feels hard to do so. Maybe through that practice, you will come to see the goodness of God even in those hard times."

March 12, 2017 - To See the Kingdom of God

         Scripture Focus: Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born from above; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and Spirit.

         "We can’t see the kingdom as it already is around or as its time of fullness is drawing near without being born anew. Maybe that’s because we can’t automatically see the world as it really is, as God sees it...there is something in us and around us that keeps us from seeing as God sees."

March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday - The Story God Tells About Us

         Scripture Focus: Isaiah and Jesus tell the people to be genuine in their piety and their good works.

         "On Ash Wednesday we hear the story of who God says we are. We hear that we are vulnerable and sinful. Then we hear that God loves us as we are. And, finally, we hear that God does not leave us as we are."

February 26, 2017 - Transfigured Moments

         Scripture Focus: The Transfiguration of Our Lord: Jesus takes three of his disciples up a mountain and his appearance is miraculously changed before them.

         "...in moments when our hearts or lives feel dried-up or empty or brittle or small, we come to God hoping for that divine touch to help keep the life alive in us, to fill us up, to make us stronger."

February 12, 2017 - Law and Gospel

         Scripture Focus: Jesus "lays down the law"

         "The convicting words of the law that make us squirm are as much a part of God’s work of salvation as are the comforting words of the gospel."

January 22, 2017 - United in Christ, Bound to the Gospel

         Scripture Focus: Paul tells the church in Corinth that they must not be divided; they are one in Christ.

        "It’s not just about getting along; it’s about holding one another accountable to the gospel. It’s about continuing the work of Christ in our time and place."

January 15, 2017 - Come and See

         Scripture Focus: John the Baptist points people to Jesus: Andrew, Peter, and others begin to follow Jesus.

         “'Come and see' is an invitation to experience God’s presence in our lives, to see God in the new questions that come up as we grow, to see God in new ways as our understanding of the world changes. It is an invitation to relationship with a God who is just as complex as our world and our questions."