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June 7, 2020: Trinity Sunday

Preparing for Worship Today is Trinity Sunday. This is the Sunday set aside in the church calendar to celebrate God as one God in three Persons, everlasting love in eternal relationship, united yet diverse, one yet many. How do you … Continue reading

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Show Us Your Hiding Place

A meditation by Michael Pahl on the First Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020, called “Show Us Your Hiding Place.” It’s a reflection on the story of Jesus’ temptation in Matthew 4:1-11, part of our Lenten series called, “show us…” … Continue reading

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You Are the Light of the World

A meditation by Michael Pahl on February 9, 2020, called “You Are the Light of the World.” It’s a reflection on Jesus as “the light of the world” in John 8:12, who also calls his followers “the light of the … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for the Ordinary Everyday

A reading by Gerald Pauls and Justin Majeau on February 2, 2020, called “Beatitudes for the Ordinary Everyday.” It is an excerpt of a sermon by Michael Pahl previously preached on November 27, 2017; that full sermon is available here. … Continue reading

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The Heavens Were Opened

A meditation by Michael Pahl on January 12, 2020, called “The Heavens Were Opened.” It’s a reflection on the baptism story of Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17 and its connection to the Servant Song of Isaiah 42:1-9. Here is a written … Continue reading

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What Is the Church?

A sermon by Michael Pahl on September 8, 2019, called “What Is the Church?” reflecting on Matthew 16:13-19. This is the first in a five-part series called “Together we are a Church.” Here is a written excerpt: The word “church” … Continue reading

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on February 10, 2019, called “Mercy, Not Sacrifice.” It is the fifth in a series called “Reading the Bible with Jesus.” The sermon is a reflection on Jesus’ reference to Hosea 6:6 in Matthew 9:9-13 and 12:1-14. … Continue reading

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A Secret Message

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on February 3, 2019, called “A Secret Message.” It is the fourth in a series called “Reading the Bible with Jesus.” The sermon is a reflection on Jesus’ reference to Isaiah 6:9-10 to describe his use … Continue reading

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A Sower Went Out to Sow

During our July 16 worship service Pastor Michael preached on the Parable of the Sower from Matthew’s Gospel, helping us to develop the “ears to hear” Jesus’ teaching by setting this story in its context. Here’s the audio of his … Continue reading

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“Restore Us, O God!” Lent and Easter Sermons

Through this season of Lent, through Holy Week to Easter Sunday, we are calling on God to revive us, to renew us, to restore us. Pastor Michael’s sermons explore various dimensions of our very human experience of faith. This blog … Continue reading

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