Sermon: Receiving the Favor of God

Good Shepherd, you know each sheep in your flock by name and your sheep hear your voice. As we hear your word this morning, we ask that you would open our ears to hear you speaking our names. We ask that you would open our hearts to receive your word in faith and give us…

Sermon: Are You Ready?

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we come from so many different places this morning. Some of us come eager and waiting to hear a word from you, some of us come joyfully and grateful to sing together with the people of God, some of us come weary and waiting for relief, some of us come…

Sermon: Happiness

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Psalm 1. The book of Psalms is in the Old Testament, about halfway through the Bible, with Job on the left and Proverbs on the right. The name Psalms comes from the old greek title for the book, psalmos, which is the word for a…

Sermon: Welcoming the Stranger

Without my glasses, I cannot see very well. My eyes are deformed a bit and anything more than an arms-length away starts to get blurry. (glasses off) Margaret’s lovely face is nothing but a blurry blob to me. (glasses on) But now I can see Jennifer clearly all the way in the back. That’s why…

Sermon: Trials and Evil

This morning we reach the end of the Lord’s Prayer, but not the end of our praying. As we have journeyed this fall through the Lord’s prayer, we have seen how praying it bends us toward God in a way we would not have otherwise. We saw the heart of the gospel in the opening…

Sermon: Forgive Us Our Debts

In our journey through the Lord’s Prayer, we have learned last week to ask God for our most basic needs, including bread, food. We also saw how our hunger for bread points us to our deeper hunger for God. This week, we are taught to pray for forgiveness and to pray that we can forgive…

Sermon: Daily Bread

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the Gospel According to Matthew. Matthew 6, beginning in verse 9. Matthew is in the New Testament, about 2/3 of the way through your Bibles. Matthew is the first of four accounts of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was written by Matthew, one of…

Sermon: Your Kingdom Come

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew 6, beginning in verse 9. Matthew is in the New Testament – about two-thirds of the way through the Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 6, beginning in verse 9. To set the stage, Matthew 6 is part…

Sermon: Hallowed Be Your Name

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Matthew. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew is about 2/3 of the way through the Bible, if you are in Zechariah or Malachi, go a little bit farther. Matthew, chapter 6, beginning in verse 9.…