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Sunday
Jun162013

Because We Are Loved

Because We Are Loved

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, June 9, 2013. The scripture is Luke 7:36 – 8:3. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
36-39 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.” 40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Oh? Tell me.” 41-42 “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?” 43-47 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.” “That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” 48 Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.” 49 That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!” 50 He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” 8 1-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.

 

Because We Are Loved

Sunday
Jun162013

Al's Shared Story

Listen as Al shares how he sees God in those who are self-less.

Al's Shared Story

Sunday
Jun092013

God at Work

God at Work

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, June 9, 2013. The scripture is Luke 7:11-17. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
11Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. 12As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. 13When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” 14Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” 15The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother. 16They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” 147The news of Jesus spread all through the country.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.

 

Got at Work

Sunday
Jun092013

David's shared story

Aiden shares a bit about his trip, and then his dad, David, shares how he sees God in the peace he feels.

Dave's shared story

Sunday
Jun022013

You'd Be Amazed

You’d Be Amazed

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, June 2, 2013. The scripture is Luke 7:1-10. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
1-5 When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum. A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn’t want to lose him. When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, “He deserves this. He loves our people. He even built our meeting place.” 6-8 Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, “Master, you don’t have to go to all this trouble. I’m not that good a person, you know. I’d be embarrassed for you to come to my house, even embarrassed to come to you in person. Just give the order and my servant will get well. I’m a man under orders; I also give orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9-10 Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.” When the messengers got back home, they found the servant up and well.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.

 

You'd Be Amazed

Sunday
Jun022013

Billie's shared story

Listen as Billie shares how she sees God in Gore Ottesman.

Billie's shared story

Sunday
May262013

Where There's Hope

Where There’s Hope

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, May 26, 2013. The scripture is Romans 5:1-5. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
1By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. 2And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. 3There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, 4and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. 5In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.

 

Where There's Hope

Sunday
May262013

Kiera's shared story

Kiera shares how she sees God in life turning out different, and better, in God's plan, and how she sees God in her daughter.

Kiera's Shared Story

Sunday
May192013

You're speakin' my language

You’re Speakin’ My Language

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, May 19, 2013. The scripture is Acts 2:1-21. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
1When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. 3Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, 4and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. 5There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. 6When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. 7They couldn't for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, "Aren't these all Galileans? 8How come we're hearing them talk in our various mother tongues? 9Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; 11Even Cretans and Arabs! "They're speaking our languages, describing God's mighty works!" 12Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?" 13Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine."14That's when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: "Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. 15These people aren't drunk as some of you suspect. They haven't had time to get drunk—it's only nine o'clock in the morning. 16This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen: 17"In the Last Days," God says, "I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people:  Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams. 18When the time comes, I'll pour out my Spirit on those who serve me, men and women both, and they'll prophesy. 19I'll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billowing smoke, 20the sun turning black and the moon blood-red, before the Day of the Lord arrives, the day tremendous and marvelous; 21And whoever calls out for help  to me, God, will be saved."

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.

 

You're Speakin' My Language

Sunday
May192013

Rita's Shared Story

Listen as Rita shares a story by her son, Jed, and how he saw God in a little girl's generosity.

Rita's Story