On the Day of Pentecost, God’s Spirit was poured out on followers of Jesus in a dramatic, visible way, with tongues of fire and ecstatic inspired speech. This was interpreted as the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy from Joel, where God through the prophet says: I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Through the gift of the Spirit God still inspires dreams and visions of a better world. May we take those dreams and visions seriously, trusting that by God’s love and power, positive change will come! Come Holy Spirit, fall afresh on us.
To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message, click on “Dreaming God’s Dream”
In our scripture passage for this Sunday from John 17:20-26 Jesus prays that his followers, ALL who call themselves by his name, may be ONE, ONE as he and God are one, in love. This unity eludes us, but it is Christ’s deepest desire for us, and so it is the task we must not shirk or abandon. I believe that God through Christ continues to work patiently, now and forever, to bring us together. Click on the title, “Together Forever” to listen to Pastor Ernie’s message.
We often talk about the church as a family. And by this we mean, I think, that our church is a place where people know each other, nurture each other, and care for one another through all the stages, struggles and changes of life, just like in the best of families. But the church is also different than a natural family. In Mark 3:31-34 Jesus uses his own family to show us how this is so. This Sunday we will ask the question:“How Big Is Your Family?” (click title to listen to Pastor Ernie’s message.
On this coming Sunday we will reflect on the great faith of the Canaanite mother who comes to Jesus begging for healing for her tormented daughter. You can read this troubling and powerful story in Mathew 15:21-28. We will also explore Jesus’ humanity and his spiritual greatness as a model for us. My message is titled, “A Mother’s Faith Changed His Mind” (click on title to listen).
This Sunday, May 7, we will look at the 23rd Psalm, not just as a scripture to be read at our funeral, when we pass “through the valley of the shadow of death,” but as an encouraging description of our whole life’s journey. To hear Pastor Ernie’s message click on “The 23rd Psalm – Not Just For Funerals”
This Sunday, April 30, we will look at what the disciples of Jesus were experiencing on the evening of the first Easter Sunday. Their doors were locked because they were afraid. That is what fear often leads us to do. We lock ourselves in, out of fear. But Jesus wants us to go out and live our life, and so our risen Lord comes to us, to en-courage us and grant us his peace. To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message, click on “Overcoming Fear”
What a joyous celebration we had on Easter Sunday of God’s great “Yes!” to Jesus, and to us! The beautiful flowers that filled the empty cross are symbolic of God’s abundant of new, abundant life in Christ. Thank you to all those who shared their various gifts. This coming 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 23, Dr. John Shumway will give a message on 1 Corinthians 15 with the intriguing title “The Most Important Information Humans Can Know.” That is definitely something I want to hear! I hope to see you there.
Click The Most Important Information – Christ is Risen! to listen to a reading of 1 Corinthians 15 and Dr. Shumway’s message.
Our one word prayer for this Easter Sunday, April 16, is YES! Easter proclaims God’s great “YES!” to Jesus and God’s victory over the powers of sin and death. Through the Risen Christ God shouts “Yes!” to us. And we are invited to respond with our own “Yes!” to God. Join us for Easter worship at 10 a.m. To listen to Pastor Ernie’s Easter message, click on “YES!”
Our one word prayer for this coming Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, is “WHY?” Brian McLaren calls this prayer The Practice of Lament and Agony: Surviving Through Abandonment. It is for those times when life is very hard and it feels like even God has abandoned us. The gospels of Mark and Matthew report that when he was being crucified Jesus cried out from the cross “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” quoting the first verse of Psalm 22, a powerful psalm of lament and trust. This is questioning faith stretched to the limit.
To listen to scripture and sermon, click on WHY? To listen to a dramatic presentation on the crucifixion by Cornerstone, click on Good Morning Jerusalem – Crucifixion Special Edition
This coming Sunday, April 2, is the 5th in the season of Lent. We are now deep into the Lenten season of self-examination and preparation for Holy Week, and Easter. So it is fitting that we address the inevitable perplexities and struggles we face on the journey of life and faith. In spite of our best efforts, in spite of our fervent prayers, the results we hope for, the answers we seek, often do not appear. Our one word prayer for this is “WHEN?” Or we may expand it to “how long, O Lord?” This is a prayer of questioning, searching faith. This is a cry of exasperation, desperation, and aspiration. God welcomes this honest prayer. To listen to the message, click on “WHEN?”