Sermon: The Light of the World

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, illumine us as we read your word. Draw us near to Jesus Christ, the light of the world, so that in his light we might know your word, know the Triune God, and behold your salvation. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I…

Sermon: The Bread of Life

Father, may your Word be our rule, your Holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. Who is Jesus? Rather than gather information from the glossy pages of Time, this Lenten season, as we prepare to approach the cross and resurrection of Jesus, we will be letting Jesus answer…

Sermon: The Heart of God

Father, we lift up our hearts to you, asking that you would shape us by your word to trust you completely and that you would lead our hearts to beat like yours for the nations. Amen. If we were writing the book of Jonah, we might have wanted to end it with chapter 3. That…

Sermon: Overthrowing Nineveh

Father, open our ears to hear your Word. Open our hearts to receive it. Open our mouths to speak it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. When I was sixteen, I went to church camp for a week during the summer. It was a camp I loved, the very place where a year before God had called…

Sermon: Praying from the Belly

Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, our rock and our redeemer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  What happens when you have to stop running? What does it look like to pray when you have no other choice, there is nothing else to…

Sermon: The Sign of Jonah

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Holy Trinity – you have given us your Word, the Bible, so that we might know you truly and rightly. Illumine us by your Spirit so we might hear your Word clearly. Renew our hearts so that we might receive it in faith. Strengthen us so that we might…

Sermon: Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens

Lord, open our ears to hear your Word. Open our lips to speak your truth, and strength our feet to walk the path you have placed before us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Acts 17. Acts is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,…

Sermon: Praying for Mission

Father, may your Word be our rule, your holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. This winter, we are fixing our focus on the call of God upon the congregation here at Bethel. We are called to “Share Christ in Community.” What does that look like? How are…

Sermon: The Name of Jesus

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we long to hear your voice. In the midst of all the noise, all the shouting, all the scrambling sounds of our days and weeks, we gather this morning to hear your voice. Speak to us in and through your Word. Speak gently and truthfully, may it be like…

Sermon: We Are Bethel

Holy Spirit, come with power upon us as we gather here this morning. Open our eyes to see you in this place. Stand beside us and speak your promises to us and give us ears to hear them. Set our feet in the path you have placed before us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Welcome to…