At our baptism we promise to nurture others and are reminded that we are to “serve as Christ’s representatives in the world.” Today we ask the question, “do we as the church look and act like Jesus?”
When the great reformer Martin Luther was tempted, he often put his hand on his head to remind himself that he was baptized, that he was different, and that he could resist temptation because of his connection with Christ. In this message, we will look at how the water of baptism sets us apart as Christians.
In the Old Testament, people worshipped differently than we do today. Typically, they would show up at the temple in Jerusalem, make a sacrifice, and ask for God’s favor. Then they hoped for the best. There was a great distance between the worshiper and God. But Jesus changed how we worship God. This message will explore how Jesus broke down the barrier between God and us and our neighbor.
Some people treat the Church like a restaurant. If the experience isn’t to their liking, they’ll go somewhere else or not go at all. This is beyond unfortunate. It sets up expectations for the Church that it was never intended to fulfill. In this message, we will look at how Jesus intended the Church to be based on relationships that connect us.
Who were these men from the East coming to find the Christ Child? And what important message to they convey to us today in the 21st century?
The word “Jesus” means “God saves.” So anytime we say the name Jesus we are saying God saves. He is the deliver. His name says He is Savior. He liberates us. He rescues us. If that is so then what does that really mean?
What matters to our Creator is not the image we present to the world, but the image God created in us.
Three times the Disciples of Jesus argue about who is the greatest. Can you imagine that? These disciples watch Jesus minister to the least, the last and the lost but they still are concerned with their pecking order in the followers of Jesus. Jesus overhears their arguments and gives them some advice.
Often differences among people can lead to division. Our nation in embroiled in racial tension and division in part due to the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among others. Unity does not just happen; we have to work at it. Rev. Julius Keller asks: what role can we who dare to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ do to bring about healing and reconciliation? What role can our church play in this process?
Our Bishop will be bringing a message of hope in troubled times on Pentecost Sunday. The Sunday that celebrates the birth of the Church.