1. "Follow Him" - 01/25/15

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    January 25, 2015 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Mark 1:17 NIV.

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    • THE STORY – WEEK 16 – THE LORD SAVES.

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      The Story – Week 16 – The Lord Saves. Sermon date: 01/25/15

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      • Be who you are; use what you've got; doing what matters for God

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        Good News: Time Fulfilled, Kingdom Near Nobody predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall. Of course there had been decades of airlifts, protests, speeches, and prayer vigils. But a lapse in communication among East German security officials allowed an unusual flow of people through checkpoints. Suddenly, ordinary citizens were smashing the barrier to pieces. Amid the ruins, loudspeakers broadcast Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." A pregnant woman can predict the number of weeks until she will deliver, but she can never know ahead of time when her labor will start, or how long it will last, before the baby is born. Our clocks tick or the display numbers change with the regularity of machines. But the way time is measured is different from how it feels. We get accustomed to living by patterns that become familiar; then suddenly the time itripe for the point to tip or the balance to shift to something new. Things come together. All the pieces are in place. As Rafiki declares in The Lion King, "It is time." In Mark's gospel the first words of Jesus are, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near" (1:15). God's peaceful power is at work hidden beneath the surface of the moment, like winter wheat growing unseen under a blanket of snow. Only after announcing the good news of time's fulfillment and God's nearness does Jesus say, "Repent, and believe," and "Follow me." The gospel comes first. The naming of present goodness and the promise of new life are what give us the incentive to turn aside from tired patterns and to trust. Sometimes we strongly sense the need for a change and we act. But wherever we are when we hear today's gospel, Jesus tells us it is time, God is near. The words dance across the surface of ordinary life and reveal its depth. Every moment contains the chance of turning, of returning --of movement, of joy.

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        • "Listen to the Heart" - 01/18/15

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          January 18, 2015 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Ezekiel 18:31 NIV.

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          • THE STORY – WEEK 15 – JESUS IS THE SACRIFICE.

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            The Story – Week 15 – Jesus is the sacrifice. Sermon date: 01/17/15

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            • Listen-God is Calling

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              God Is Right Here In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, when Jesus invites people to join him, he says "Follow me"- join me on the road, walk in the path I will show you, take the road that leads to the cross, find me on the road to Emmaus. In John, when Jesus invites someone, he says, "Come and see." What are we to see? In today's gospel, Jesus says "Come and see" for the second time in the Gospel of John-and for the first time he says what we will see: "you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man" (1 :51). To understand what is being pointed to here, we need to know the story of Jacob's ladder (Gen. 28: 1 0-22). On a journey, Jacob stops in a place new to him and sleeps with his head resting on a rock, He dreams of a ladder going up to heaven, with angels going up and down it, and God stands there arld speaks to him words of promise. Waking, Jacob says something like, "God is right here and I didn't realize it! This is the house of God, the gate of heaven." He then anoints the rock and sets it up to mark the place as a sanctuary, a place where God comes down to meet the people. In one image, Jesus is inviting us to meet him and to find in him the ladder of Jacob's dream. In him, God is right here for us, speaking words of promise. Jesus is himself the house of God, the place where God has come to be at home with us. As it says in the first chapter of John, the Word of God became flesh and tabernacled among us, pitched its tent in human flesh. Jesus is anointed (that's what "Christ" means) like Jacob's rock to be the place where God meets us in grace.

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              • "The Blessings of Baptism"- 01/11/15

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                January 11, 2015 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Romans 6:1-11 NIV.

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                • THE STORY – WEEK 14 – BAD KINGS, BETTER GOD.

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                  The Story – Week 14 – Bad Kings, Better God. Sermon date: 01/11/15

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                  • Beloved: Baptism of our Lord

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                    Jesus' baptism was a public event: it happened in the Jordan River, in the light of day. People of all kinds were around and about him, likely gathering water for the day, bathing themselves or their children, and, as witnessed by the text, certainly giving their own lives to the renewal of baptism through the call and ministry of John. Everyone around the river could surely see our Lord as he went down into the murky depths of the water. But then something astounding occurred. The very public event becomes private. The water splits as Jesus emerges-and so too do the heavens. Jesus sees and hears something directed only at him. A dove, a bearer of hope and life, descends on him. A voice breaks from the heavens, proclaiming thatl1e 'is the Beloved, God's own Son. lt is in this promise, this hope, that Jesus takes up what is public again: his ministry. He will heal the sick and raise the dead, all in and through the word that he is God's Son, the Beloved. He will cast out demons and feed the hungry, all in the promise of what was proclaimed to him in the Jordan. He will walk to the cross, suffer, and die, carrying only the hope that he is the one the voice promised he was: the Son, the Beloved. The glory is that he makes what was private in his own baptism public in ours. In baptism, he shares the benefits of all he is with us, making his identity our own. Baptized in him, we too become God's daughters and sons. Baptized in him, we too are named Beloved. Beloved! We too are chosen. We too, by our living, reveal the voice of God. We too are loved; loved beyond measure.

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                    • "God's Intention"- 01/04/15

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                      January 4, 2015 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Ephesians 3:10 NIV.

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