Sermon: Wake Up!

It is always Advent season. I know that Advent does not technically start until next Sunday. I will be in the States celebrating American Thanksgiving and you will have the joy and privilege of hearing Jason Pluim sharing God’s Word. But while Advent is a season in the church, the four Sundays leading up to…

Sermon: Coveting v Contentment

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, speak to us by your word, draw us to yourself, and lead us from desiring the lives of others, to desiring you above all. In Jesus’ name, Amen. We have reached the end of the Ten Commandments. If you have been with us this fall, we have been making the…

Sermon: Candor

Lord, open our ears to your truth, open our eyes to your beauty, and open our lips to proclaim your praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to listen with me to the Word of the Lord. It is Exodus 20:16, which we said together just a few moments ago. But now hear it…

Sermon: Greed

Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Exodus, chapter 20. Exodus 20, verse 15. This fall, we are working our way through the Ten Commandments, those ten words the…

Sermon: Fire in the Hearth

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – draw us to yourself. Make us hunger and thirst for you word and fill us with your sweet presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Exodus, chapter 20. Exodus, chapter 20. Exodus is the second book in the Bible – Genesis,…

Sermon: Honor

Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I was a bit of a smart aleck as a kid. Once I hit middle school and high school, I did not really want to do what my parents said, so I…

Sermon: True Rest

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we have spent all week running and working and stressing and striving. In the person of your Son, you invite us, the weary and burdened, to come to you and find rest. As we hear your word to us this morning, may our restless hearts find their rest in…

Sermon: Bearing the Name Lightly

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – blessed be your name. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Exodus, chapter 20, verse 7. Exodus 20:7. Exodus is in the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Exodus 20:7. This fall, we are working out way through the Ten Commandments, which God gave on…

Sermon: True Worship

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, may we come to know you as you have revealed yourself in your Word. Open our eyes, dig out our ears, and soften our hearts to your Word, and by your Spirit lift us up to worship you in Spirit and truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Greetings from Countryside Reformed…

Sermon: The First Word

Father, may your word be our rule, your Holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. Elijah is in a question-asking phase. I both love it and, at times, feel exhausted by it. A couple weeks ago, he came out of his room after bedtime and called for Olga.…