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  • Jul15Sun

    Prophesying against power

    The Death of John the Baptist (Mark 6) July 15, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    So today, in a lazy mid-Summer hot Sunday service,

    we have the best, or perhaps worst, 

    story of sex and violence in the New Testament,

    a story which has inspired artwork and artistic interpretations throughout the ages, from painters like Lucas Cranach to composers like Richard Strauss:

    “The Dance that caused the prophet’s death”

  • Jul5Thu

    Praying for Sick People

    Mark 5: 21-43 July 5, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Do we keep our faith when miracle healings DON’T happen?

    is our faith all in vain, when these intercessions don’t become reality?

    What happens if the sick woman for whom I am praying dies?

  • Jun18Mon

    Love the refugee as yourself

    A sermon for World Refugee Sunday June 18, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We need to help refugees and to oppose policies that degrade human rights of refugees and immigrants (for example the current inhuman practices along the US-Mexican border, and the immoral and wicked separation of children and parents).

  • May29Tue

    Children of God through Baptism

    A Confirmation Sermon on Romans 8:12-17 May 29, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    There is nothing to fear for we can call out: Mommy, Daddy to our heavenly parent, and God will listen to us and care for us.
  • May15Tue

    Who are the wicked?

    Psalm 1: The way of the wicked and the way of the righteous May 15, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I’d like you now to think about this:

    who for you is wicked?

    if you had to name somebody who is wicked, who would that be?

    today, now, 

    who is wicked?

  • Laying it Down

    Pastor Carey's Sermon for Good Shepherding Sunday April 22, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Good Shepherding Sunday comes faithfully each year. 

    The Lord our shepherd knows, protects and sets a place for us at the table, with a cup overing flowing, leading us to places that restore our soul, following us with goodness and mercy.   

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd. To know of a good shepherd there also must be awareness of a...

  • Apr3Tue

    Not a zombie!

    Pastor Sebastian's first Easter Sermon at St. Matthews April 3, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    By being silent, the women leave room for God.

    The story is then not as much about what the women did or saw,

    but it’s about what God did!

    The focus is on God! 

  • Sprouting from a Seed

    Pastor Carey's Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent March 18, 2018 Pr. Carey
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    Pr. Carey

    O God, whose Son's death begot life, give us grace to let go of our lives, 

    like a seed, and fall to the ground that your life might be rooted in us.   Amen.

     

    It’s that time of year when those with a green thumb (and those persistent in their hopes of acquiring a green thumb) start to think a little about seeds and upcoming...

  • Mar14Wed

    For God so what?

    John 3:14-21 March 14, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    But if God is love and loves the whole world,

    how can anyone perish?

    If God is all love for all,

    how can anybody be excluded?

  • Feb26Mon

    Why Ash Wednesday?

    February 26, 2018 Pastor Sebastian
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    The ashen cross points to resurrection and eternal life.