December 13, 2016
Reading:  Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1: 18-25
Sermon Summary: Joseph’s Dream, obedience, and God’s plan of Salvation
Each week during Advent, Scripture introduces us to the people who have said “yes” to God and His plan of salvation. And even though His plan of salvation involves normal human beings, it is still not easy for those involved. Today we are reminded that God’s plans are never smooth. His Salvation plan involves more than a poor lowly couple having a baby, much more than that. Today, we witness this through the life of Joseph. Joseph was a righteous man, engaged to be wed, finds out his soon to be wife is with child, wants to dismiss her quietly for her own safety sake. An angel comes to Joseph in a dream, and at that moment, Joseph understood that he had a role to play, so he risked it all for God. He trusted in God’s plan by being obedient to God and willing to do whatever the Lord asked of him, even if it meant he would lose his honour in the village. You see, it’s more than a poor lowly couple having a baby. It is about putting our full trust in God, even when we doubt, or when things look impossible.
On this Advent IV when God comes knocking on our door, may we have the courage to be, like Joseph, willing to do whatever the Lord asked of us.
QUESTION: what is it we can learn from the examples of Joseph?
ANSWER:………………in the December 18, 2016 Sermon
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December 7, 2016
Reading:  Matthew 11:2-11
Sermon Summary: At this time of year we enjoy the many decorations and lights of the season. They are there, at least in part, to brighten up this very dark and cold time of the year and bring some joy into our lives. While they accomplish this goal to some level they do nothing for someone who is grieving, who is living in fear and anxiety, who is dealing with serious health problems or someone who is lonely. For these people the festive season often fails to feel festive. Even John the Baptist, while in prison, has fears and doubts of his own.
QUESTION: The third Sunday in Advent focuses on joy. How can we get from living in fear, anxiety and doubt to joy that actually touches our souls and brightens our outlook on life?
ANSWER:………………in the December 11, 2016 Sermon
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November 29, 2016
Reading:  Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12
Sermon Summary: Advent 2 has picked up where Advent 1 has left off-a message that seems a bit of a ‘downer.’ This is certainly not helping to pick up our Christmas spirits right? But John’s message of repentance and preparation fit perfectly with our Advent season. We are called to repent-by re-evaluating and turning around-to change directions. John is calling on us to re-align our way to the way of God. And this re-alignment begins with repentance. To really participate in this Advent season, we must first cast away the works of darkness that are taking up space in our own hearts, and wholeheartedly offer our lives to Christ. May we each, during this Advent season, turn our lives around, that the way to our hearts is made obstacle-free, so that Christ may be born anew within us. May the Lord, when he comes, find there is room within us, and may His glory and love be revealed in every moment of our lives.
QUESTION: How do we prepare to meet the Messiah?
ANSWER:………………in the December 4, 2016 Sermon
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November 22, 2016
Reading:  Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24: 36-44
Sermon Summary: “Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.”
Advent begins with a wake-up call to a slumbering church. Wake up, get out of your pj’s, and put on the working clothes of the Christian life. But it is difficult to do, especially when it is much easier to just stay inside our warm houses. Perhaps we forget that being a Christian is not easy.
Advent reminds us that even in the darkest times of our lives, Christ is always with us!
QUESTION: What is the Good News of Advent?
ANSWER:………………in the November 27, 2016 Sermon
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November 15, 2016
Reading:  Matthew 20:25-28

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November 8, 2016
Reading:  Luke 25:5-19
Sermon Summary: On the surface, it seems as if Jesus isn’t doing a good job of selling life as a disciple. If he wants disciples to be his hands and feet, shouldn’t he be offering something pleasant….something that will be more attractive? But Jesus doesn’t want us to be misinformed about life as a disciple. He tells us that it will be difficult and that we will be persecuted and betrayed, even by those we love.
QUESTION: From where are we to receive the strength we will need to live this difficult life as a disciple and will it even make a difference?
ANSWER:………………in the November 13, 2016 Sermon
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October 24, 2016
Reading:  John 8:31-36 (Reformation Sunday)
Sermon Summary: Today Jesus speaks to us about being freed from slavery to sin. He says that all of us have sinned and therefore we all slaves to sin. So far, this doesn’t sound very good. Thankfully, he also tells us that “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Okay, this is starting to sound better, but what does this really mean?
QUESTION: Is Jesus saying that since we are now free from sin we can stop ourselves from sinning somehow?
ANSWER:………………in the October 30, 2016 Sermon
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October 18, 2016
Reading:  2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Psalm 84:1-7, Luke 18:9-14
Sermon Summary: “To be humble, rather than arrogant and judgmental…”
How do we approach the throne of Grace in prayer? Do we approach it, seeing ourselves, like the Pharisee; better than everyone else? Coming before God with a list of all that we are doing “right”. Or do we see ourselves coming before God, like the lowly Tax Collector, with emptiness, hands wide open, begging for mercy, crying out “have mercy on me the sinner.”
The fact is we are a fusion of both characters, but the Good News is that God, in His mercy and grace, welcomes all of us sinners; and did you know that God is not the only one who can show mercy? Jesus tells this story, of the Pharisee and Tax Collector, so that we can “GO” and do likewise. Our challenge is to have mercy on those who we might think deserve a stricter justice.
May He give us the strength to see “others” as people just like us, sinners who rely on God’s mercy to be healed.
QUESTION: What dangers lie ahead when we measure ourselves against others?
ANSWER:………………in the October 23,  2016 Sermon
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October 11, 2016
Reading:  Luke 18:1-8
Sermon Summary: Today we tackle yet another tricky parable. A widow kept coming to an unjust judge crying out for justice. In the time of Jesus, widows had next to no rights at all. They were not permitted to approach people of authority such as a judge. Listeners of this parable would fully expect the judge to keep on ignoring her. But, once again, Jesus surprises his listeners telling them that the unjust judge granted her request so that he could be rid of her once and for all.
QUESTION: Is the gospel message for us today to keep pestering God until he finally grants us our requests? Is this it…..or is there more?
ANSWER:………………in the October 16,  2016 Sermon
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October 4, 2016
Reading:  2Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c; Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
Sermon Summary: God’s Word overflows with touchstones of grace. And on this Thanksgiving Weekend it is only fitting that we encounter His grace through the lives of ten unclean outcasts. Ten people shunned from society, but only one was so thoroughly overwhelmed that our Lord should invite him to cross the border from being unclean to being clean, and all he could do is fall on his knees and give thanks. Was he worth it? Are we worth it? The message of the Gospel that says God loves each of us, that He meets us where we are, no matter how stained with sin we may be. Jesus comes to us, and we do not have to do anything to deserve His healing power and Grace. All we can do is be open to His Love and His Grace and Forgiveness, and in return, we give thanks! Let us be thankful at all times for what He has done!
QUESTION: What role does grace play in our Gospel for today?
ANSWER:………………in the October 9,  2016 Sermon
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September 27, 2016
Reading:  Luke 17:5-10
Sermon Summary: The gospel reading for today starts out with the disciples asking Jesus to increase their faith so that they can have what they need to be good disciples…..so that they can have what they need to handle the responsibilities of a good disciple. This seems to make sense to us…..doesn’t it? Having an increase in faith can only be a good thing right? Well Jesus doesn’t agree.
QUESTION: If Jesus tells the disciples that an increase in faith is not necessary, then how can they be good and faithful disciples?
ANSWER:………………in the October 2,  2016 Sermon
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September 21, 2016
Reading:  Luke 16:19-31
Sermon Summary: Here is yet another parable of Jesus that talks about the “rich” and the “poor.” Yet another parable that most makes most people in North America uneasy and uncomfortable. On the surface it appears that a rich man is sent to Hades because of the abundance of his riches, but as usual, there is much more to this parable than meets the eye. In this parable Jesus expresses his concern for, not only the poor, but also for those who are “rich.”
QUESTION:How does Jesus show his concern for the rich in a parable where the rich man ends up in Hades?
ANSWER:………………in the September 25, 2016 Sermon
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September 13, 2016
Reading:  Luke 16:1-13
Sermon Summary: Today we tackle a parable that many consider the “most difficult to understand” parable in the whole of the New Testament. The parable contains deceit within deceit and it is difficult to find the message that Jesus wants us to learn. On the surface it appears that Jesus is commending a business manager for acting in a dishonest manner. We know Jesus’ message has to do with money, but it is unclear what it is.

QUESTION: What does how we view God have to do with the way we use our money?

ANSWER:………………in the September 18, 2016 Sermon
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August 3, 2016
Reading:  Luke 12:32-40
Some children, and even some adults, have “security blankets”…..an object of some kind that they carry around with them, or perhaps sleep with, that brings them comfort. For some people, having “faith” brings them security and comfort, while for others “faith” is something that causes them to focus only on themselves and they end up living in fear of failure. For many people God is an angry judge who is always watching to catch us when we do something wrong.
QUESTION:  If faith is not following God’s law with all of its commands and demands…..then what is it?
ANSWER:………………in the August 7, 2016 Sermon
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July 18, 2016
Reading:  Luke 11:1-13
(Longing for God to answer our prayers)
Have you ever wondered why are prayer are going unanswered? I think it’s safe to say we’ve all wondered this at some point. Have you ever thought that perhaps it was because we misunderstood Biblical prayer? Today, Jesus takes on a contemplative journey of what prayer really is. His disciples, seeing what marvelous things Jesus had been doing, and they wanted a part in it. “Teach us how to do what you’re doing!” We yearn for the same, what follows is a profound lesson from our Lord on prayer. He teaches them to pray, using the communal universal prayer which Christians have been praying for two thousand years- “The Lord’s Prayer.” There is a catch to this, Jesus is not just teaching us to pray the words, but He is inviting us to make those words our own. When we make His prayer our own, it becomes a part of who we are, and in turn changes us. “Prayer changes things” we’ve heard this before, but it is not God who changes, it is us. Prayer is not designed to change or persuade God; it is designed by God to change us! Prayer, ultimately, is a spiritual discipline through which we are formed into disciples of Christ. And as we move closer to our Heavenly Father in prayer, we discover that we do not always get what we want from Him, we get something far better—we get what we need. So whatever your request is today, know that God’s answer will always involve your heart being changed by his love. Trust in Him!
QUESTION:  What is the most important aspect of prayer?
ANSWER:………………in the July 24, 2016 Sermon
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July 14, 2016
Reading:  Luke 11:1-13
The Mary Martha Story
So we have all heard the expression you’re being like a Martha! In fact, where would the church be without its “Marthas,” those faithful folk who perform the tasks of hospitality and service so vital to making the church a welcoming and well-functioning community? And yet if all our activities leave us with no time to be still in the Lord’s presence and hear God’s Word, we are likely to end up anxious and troubled, with a kind of service that is devoid of love and joy and is resentful of others. In her dutiful efforts to be responsible and hospitable Martha has lost herself. She has forgotten that ultimately she is valued and loved not because of what she does, but because of who she is. There is nothing wrong with doing, but amid all our doing we can get distracted, lured into thinking that we only find our true value and purpose in and through what we do, which is where this story has so much to offer. Our story today calls us to be still, to abide in our Lord, so that we can hear what He has to say. It’s a timely message during the summer months were many folks take vacation, while others want to slow down but cant because the honey-do list keeps getting bigger and bigger. Jesus invites all of us who are worried and distracted by many things to sit and rest in his presence, to hear his words of grace and truth, to know that we are loved and valued as children of God, to be renewed in faith and strengthened for service. May you find time to rest in Him this summer.
QUESTION:  How does the Mary and Martha Story relate to our Christian Discipleship and listening to the voice of God?
ANSWER:………………in the July 17, 2016 Sermon
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July 8, 2016
Reading:  Deut 30:9-14; Col 1:1-14; and Luke 10:25-37
Bible-heartToday we encounter a well-known Parable-entitled “The Good Samaritan.” It is so well known that there is a danger that when we hear it, we tend to downplay it. But, it contains such an important message.
In it, Jesus teaches us the importance of how we are to respond to God’s love poured into our hearts. We are to Love God with our whole being, and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. On these two Commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. That’s it! That’s the crux of our lives as Christians, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. We live in a world where we choose our friends by using certain standards. These standards may be influenced by race, religion, and popularity. So when Jesus asks “who is my neighbor?” Most likely, our “neighbors” are the ones we get along with, the ones we can tolerate.
But Jesus is inviting us to see with His eyes, to see all of His beloved children as our neighbors. The Gospel today reminds us that if our hearts are full of grace, mercy, compassion, and love for God and everyone else, then we do not need to ask “who is my neighbor?” because it won’t matter, for all of God’s children are our neighbors, and we are called to love them. May you lead lives worthy of the Lord … as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.”
QUESTION:  Who is my neighbor? And…are you a neighbor?
ANSWER:………………in the July 10, 2016 Sermon
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June 22, 2016
Reading:  Luke 9:51-62
So many people in life seek, long for, and chase after control. Life seems to make more sense and it feels good to be in control. Our families and friends, our jobs and even our faith walks make more sense if we are in control. But this feeling doesn’t last for very long because, of course, we are not in control…..or at least, not in control the way we would like to be. There are people who have turned their backs on the church and God because in their search for religion they discover that God is not in control the way they would like him to be either. When faced with a challenge in life we long for control more than ever and we even attempt to make God fit into our own perception of control.
QUESTION:  If I am not in control of all things and if even God cannot prevent bad things from happening to me or my loved ones…..then where is God in all of this?
ANSWER:………………in the June 26, 2016 Sermon
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June 13, 2016
Reading:  Luke 8:26-39
QUESTION:  What are the human “devices” in our lives that are preventing us from having a beautiful relationship with God?
ANSWER:………………in the June 19, 2016 Sermon
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June 8, 2016
Reading:  Romans 12:1-12
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June 1, 2016
Reading:  Luke 7:11-17
Sermon Summary :  Continuing in our season of growing, our texts for today celebrate God’s amazing ability to provide us with a new lease on life. Today, this new lease is via the profound miracle of life. Miracles also bring about all sorts of emotions. In the Bible, miracles either stir up thankfulness in a person, or they stir up a great degree of discomfort. But not everyone who was thankful went out and shared what God had done for them.
When we sit back and think about our own faith lives, s it safe to say that out of the three, perhaps we have more difficulty with the telling part. Why? As humans, we tell stories every day. When describing a person, we resort to telling a story about them. The stories of our families easily roll off our tongues. But why is it that when we have an opportunity to share how God is miraculously working in our lives, we go silent? Our readings today encourage us to go in peace to seek the Lord, to thank Him for all he has done, and to tell others about the amazing things He is doing in our lives, and the lives of our loved ones.
May our readings for today inspire us to go into the world, and share our stories of faith.
QUESTION:  In what ways can we humbly share our faith stories?
ANSWER:………………in the June 5, 2016 Sermon
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May 24, 2016
Reading:  Galatians 1:1-12
Sermon Summary :…..Rev. Pastor Gordon Jensen is preaching.
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May 16, 2016
Reading:  Romans 5:1-5
Sermon Summary :  The Holy Trinity has been for centuries a mysterious entity.  Many attempts to explain how the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit work together have been offered.  Many images have been developed to help us get a handle on this difficult topic, but in the end they fall pitifully short when it comes to dealing with the difficulties of life.  In stead of trying to understand what we cannot, the Apostle Paul speaks of hope and how it can be of help to us, not only in the future glory we will share, but in the immediate concerns of our lives.
QUESTION:  How is it possible to “boast in our sufferings?”
ANSWER:  …………in the May 22trinity, 2016 sermon
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May 2, 2016
Reading:  John 17:20-26
Sermon Summary : In today’s 1st reading, we enter back into the life of the early church, where challenges and scary situations face St Paul and Silas. Today, Paul and Silas find themselves in deep trouble for healing a slave girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination. This is a miracle in its own right. Perhaps the reader may be wondering what did this slave girl do to deserve such a healing? Or how about, what have I done to deserve the blessings in my life? We will reflect upon the difficulty that we have in embracing the true and beautiful freedom found in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
QUESTION: What must I do to be saved?
ANSWER: ………….in the May 8, 2016 sermon
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April 25, 2016
Reading:  John 14:23-29
Sermon Summary :  Today’s gospel contains both a command and a promise.  The command to “Keep my word” is followed with the promise that Jesus and the Father will make their home with you.  If we are honest, we don’t always keep his word.  We know this is wrong and we feel guilty and anxious about it.  But Jesus leaves his special, unique brand of peace with us…..a peace that we receive when we keep his word.  We keep his word when we serve or love someone else. 
2015_christmas-loveQUESTION: How is it possible to get yourself through a difficult time by doing something nice for someone else?
ANSWER: ………….in the May 1, 2016 sermon
 
 
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April 20, 2016
Reading:  John 13:31-35
Sermon Summary :  Theme: “A new kind of Love”

With the weather FINALLY “spring like,” we are more than anxious to catch signs of the newness which the season of spring brings about. Newness is what we are continually celebrating throughout our church year. It is not coincidence that Easter falls during the “spring” season. The newness we witness in nature reminds us of the new and beautiful relationship we have in our risen Lord, which begins at our Baptisms.
This Easter Season reminds us that God, through Christ, is creating something new, now! Everyday! And intertwined in this newness is radical living and radical loving. It is a love that goes beyond ourselves, and cares for others. What kind of love is this? It is God’s Love shown on the Cross. It is a Love that knows no bounds. God’s love is so amazing, and so powerful, that it becomes the defining feature in the disciples.
As we reflect upon our scriptures for today, let us reflect upon our own discipleship. Do we show Christ to others by how we live? And how we love? Putting it another way…If Christianity was illegal in Steinbach, would the RCMP have enough evidence to convict you or me?

Bible-heartQUESTION: : Many religions and philosophies teach people to “love one another.” What makes Jesus’ Commandment ‘to love one another’ new?
ANSWER: ………….in the April 24, 2016 sermon

 
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April 15, 2016
Reading:  John 10:22-30
Sermon Summary:  Once again people are asking Jesus to reveal himself as the Messiah more plainly.  Jesus tells the Jews that her has already told them and that they don’t believe because they do not belong to his sheep.  They don’t belong to his sheep because they don’t know his voice.  Do we know the voice of our good shepherd?
QUESTION:   “What does his voice sound like?
ANSWER: ………….in the April 17, 2016 sermon
 
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April 5, 2016
Reading:  Acts 9:1-6; Rev 5:11-14; John 21:1-19
Sermon Summary:  God Comes crashing into our lives”
Knowing that God’s great love comes crashing down to earth and into our lives, and can work great wonders through us as His instruments. Take Peter and Paul, pillars in our faith, and like us not perfect, but look how God worked through them! Grace calls us to be fed in Word and Sacrament and than to GO into the world to feed His children with the message of truth and Grace. This Easter Season, it is truly about a Gospel exuberance rooted in Love.
Bible-heartQUESTION:  Why were the first Christians called “the Way”?
(Acts 9:2)
ANSWER: ………….in the April 10, 2016 sermon
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March 30, 2016
Reading:  John 20:19-31
doubting_thomasSermon Summary:  Today, perhaps there are some people who are wishing that Easter Sunday hasn’t come and gone.  It is such a joyous Sunday, but now we go back to the reality of our lives, some of which are harsh realities. Jesus finds the disciples returned to the harsh realities of their lives, hiding in fear behind locked doors.  Jesus breaks into the reality of their lives by saying, “peace be with you.”  Thomas the realist had his whole perception of the world shattered as he recognized that Jesus lived.  Nothing was ever the same again.  The joy of Christ’s resurrection is actually mentioned and celebrated each and every Sunday.  Because of his we can experience this joy, even in the harsh realities of our lives, because nothing will ever be the same again.  Amen.
 
 
 
March 14, 2016
Palm Sunday
Reading:  Luke 23:1-49
Sermon Summary:  “The Paradox life of a Christian”
Our readings, on this Palm Sunday, prepare us for the torturous and difficult journey we are about to take with Jesus as we enter Holy Week. It is a very emotional week of ups and downs. And it begins on this very day. A day, where our palm branches are waving symbolizing our loud “Hosannas.” Soon our branches will be turned into crosses, and we too will turn our hearts with the hearts of the crowds and no longer will there be worship, but condemnation as we join the throng of voices shouting “crucify him!” Holy Week symbolizes our lives as Christians. Daily, we live in the “in between” we live in the midst of tension and paradox on the journey of life, and it is there that we meet our dear Lord. And it is there that He walks with us through the calm and through the storms of life. He walks with us reminding us that His passion is the one that proclaims “I forgive you” . His love is shown on the Cross, and death does not have the last word. Thanks be to God for through the Cross the chains of death have been broken, once and for all!
Easter-palmsundayQUESTION:  Why is this Sunday called “Passion Sunday?”
ANSWER: ………….in the March 20, 2016 sermon
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March 9, 2016
Lent 5
Reading:  John 12:1-8
Sermon Summary: Today we are reminded that God makes all things new.  Mary perceives it.  God promise it, and he is about to follow through with His promise.  During these long 40 days, we find ourselves being transformed by the very process of pressing ever onward towards the heavenly call.  Today, the presence of this sweet fragrance transforms Mary, in such an extravagant way, that she courageously ignores all cultural laws to worship through anointing the One who is the fulfillment the Law and the Prophets.  She perceives God’s Grace through Jesus.  And even through Mary’s act is foreshadowing Jesus’ death; it also symbolizes that this Good news comes as the fragrance of new life in the midst of the stench of death.  At our baptisms, we have been anointed for that life, joined to Christ’s death and resurrection; we have been anointed, chosen for a life of faith.  We are called to let this extravagant fragrance of love flow all around us.  And my it be so!
biblequoteQUESTION: What does repentance cost?  And where does repentance lead us to?
ANSWER: ………….in the March 13, 2016 sermon
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February 23, 2016
Lent 3
Reading:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Sermon Summary: Today we return to one of, if not the most popular parables of all….the prodigal son.  It is so well known and had been preached about so many times, that the shocking grace contained in the parable has become watered down.  When we let God’s grace sink in….when we really see the shocking, amazing truth of it, then we will be somehow changed by it.  It will affect us and cause us to say thank you by the way we live our lives.
graceaQUESTION:  What is cheap grace?
ANSWER: ……….in March 6, 2016 sermon.
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February 23, 2016
Lent 3
Reading:  Luke 13:1-9
Sermon Summary: In today’s gospel jesus tries to change the crowds way of thinking.  They assume that Pilate had some Galileans slain and that 18 people were killed in an accident because they must have displeased God in some way.  They believe that tragedies are the resulting punishment of some band behavior.  To all of this Jesus says “NO!”  In the parable of the barren fig tree we get a better picture of God;s ways…..we get a message of hope.  While this is all fine and good…a “kind of ” good news, we can’t forget Jesus’ sober comment, “if it bears fruit next year, well and god; but if not, you can cut it down.”
apple treeQUESTION:  Where is the good news in this scary comment?
ANSWER: ……….in February 28, 2016 sermon.
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February 2, 2016
Lent 2
Reading:  Luke 13:13-35
Sermon Summary: When the crisis/temptation comes, how will we handle it?
During this season of Lent, we are encouraged to give something up, or take something on, in order to help us better prepare spiritually for what is to come. But Lent is much more than just wondering what to shrive oneself of. We are also called to slow down, wait, and take a good hard look at our own spiritual lives. To discern and take note of how we react when we face temptations, which try their best to turn us away from both the cross, and our Lord’s mission.
Combating temptations alone takes courage, but for Christians, take heart, for we do not face these temptations alone. Our Lord, who walked among us as fully human and fully divine, knows what it is like to face Temptation, and leaves us examples in Holy Scripture. As we pause on this day, may the Gospel speak to us the principles our Lord used to get through temptation.

Easter-3crossesQUESTION:  What is the driving force in my life? What should be the driving force in my life?
ANSWER…..in February 21, 2016 sermon

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February 2, 2016
Transfiguration of our Lord
Reading:  Luke 9:28-36
Sermon Summary:  A reflection of God’s rays!” Mountaintop experiences 101
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord which brings the season of Epiphany (the manifestation of Christ) to a close.
Hearing God’s voice; seeing Elijah and Moses; and witnessing Jesus being transformed. This was certainly a mountaintop experience for the disciples.
There are many different instances that we could name as mountaintop experiences. But, have you ever thought of worship as being one of them?
There are many similarities between what Peter, James, and John experienced and what each one of us experiences when we gather for worship. Mountaintop experiences happen in worship! And worship never ends, only the service does. We are called out of that sacred space back into our daily lives where we reflect God’s rays around us in our day to day discipleship.
We, like Jesus, are called to set our face towards Jerusalem, towards the difficult mission He is about to undertake for you and me. Wednesday begins the Lenten season, may we have the courage to walk with Him every step of the way-even to the cross.
QUESTION:  What is the significance of the Transfiguration of Christ?
ANSWER…..in February 7, 2016 sermon
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January 26, 2016
Epiphany 4
Reading:  Luke 4:21-30
 
Sermon Summary:  Today we find Jesus in the synagogue of his hometown, Nazareth.  Things are going well and the people are pleased with him and even proud of how far this son of the carpenter has come.  But then things turn ugly very quickly.  Jesus pushes their buttons intentionally.  He predicts that they will want a sign from him and he tells them that former great prophets of Israel brought comfort to their enemies. Why doe he insult the people of his hometown?  Why doesn’t he just tell them what they want to hear?
 
QUESTION:  What possible good could come from upsetting people with words they don’t want to hear?
ANSWER…..in January 31, 2016 sermon
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January 18, 2016
Epiphany 3
Reading:  Luke 2:14-21

Sermon Summary: This sermon we see Jesus gives us his first words spoken in public after his baptism and his time of temptation in the wilderness. In the synagogue, after quoting from Isaiah 61 he says, “today, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.

questQUESTION:  How can on little word, “TODAY” help us to bring about God’s kingdom into our world?
ANSWER…..in January 24, 2016 sermon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 11, 2016
Epiphany 2
Reading:  John 2:1-11

Sermon Summary: We are still in the season of Epiphany. Epiphanies are defined as embodied revelations. They are manifestations of God’s presence that we should be able to sense — with every single one of our senses. The wedding at Cana reveals that epiphanies of God are experiences of His love, so abundant that you can sense it in every part of your body. Epiphanies are embodied into signs, and signs point to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our sign today is the miracle at Cana.  The symbol of new wine in old wineskins.  Jesus is calling us into being here is part of something altogether new, and yet so old.  In this season of Epiphany, may we rejoice in knowing that we too have gifts that point others to God, who is the one of Eternity, but yet is daily revealed to us in new and awesome ways.

questionQUESTION:  In John’s Gospel, we hear plenty of references to Jesus not yet being glorified. But yet, He is God. How can this be?
ANSWER…..in January 17, 2016 sermon

 
 
 
 
 
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January 6, 2016
Baptism of Our Lord
Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Sermon Summary: he celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas day is over.  The trees are either down or coming down, and the festive mood is gone as we get set to face another Manitoba January.  in today’s reading john the Baptist tells the crowds about how powerful Jesus is.  A few verses later Jesus is with the crowds being baptized.
 
questQUESTION:  What can we find in this reading that will give us something to celebrate in these “humdrum” days following Christmas?
ANSWER…..in January 10, 2016 sermon
 
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