Size Doesn’t Matter

14Aug

Size Doesn’t Matter

Philippians 1:1-11

As is typical of Paul's letters, following the greeting he gives thanks and prays for the welfare of his readers. His thanksgiving is by no means an oblique prayer on behalf of his readers, rather it is made directly to God for the wonderful work he is performing in the Philippian congregation. Paul probably has in mind the financial contribution the congregation is making to his missionary work. Paul then prays for the perfection of his readers; he prays for their spiritual insight so that they might reap the full harvest of righteousness - the fruits of God's redeeming love.

 

Scripture reading by Chuck Garrigues

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 6, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Know Who You Are

27Jul

Know Who You Are

2nd Corinthians 5: 11-21

Knowing who you are can be a hard thing to figure out. But God has given us a book (the bible) to read and discover who we are not only in Christ but in this world.

 

Scripture reading by Grace Sheedy

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded July 23, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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I Wonder

24Jul

I Wonder

Mattthew 13:1-9/18-23

Jesus used many stories, or parables, when speaking to the crowds. These stories compare something familiar to something unfamiliar, helping us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear. We must be careful not to read too much into parables, forcing them to say what they don’t mean. Each parable has a central meaning unless otherwise specified by Jesus. Let’s now listen to the parable of the 4 soils.

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July16 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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We Are Free

11Jul

We Are Free

ROMANS 6:12-23

In our passage today Paul explains that a person can be subject to only one of two masters; we are either beholden to sin, promoting an ever-increasing burden unto death, or we can listen to God, promoting an abundance of right-living unto life eternal.

 

Scripture reading by Ceiline Kashishian

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July 2, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

2Jun

Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

 

Proverbs 3:1-12

 

How to keep God in your decision making when the world is all around us.

 

 

Scripture reading by Pastor Keith Aurand

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Dir of Family Ministries

Recorded May 28, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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Jesus is Enough

8May

Jesus is Enough

John 10:1-10

Following the healing of the blind man and the confrontation with the authorities that developed after the healing, chapter 9, Jesus describes a pastoral scene to the gathered crowd. Jesus notes that sheep follow their shepherd. The shepherd enters the sheepfold by the gate, the sheep recognize him and they follow him. A stranger, on the other hand, someone like a thief or a robber, climbs over the fence and the sheep, who don't recognize his voice, run away from him. Jesus goes on to develop two images found in the illustration and ascribes them both to himself. First, Jesus is "the gate for the sheep” in verses 7-10, and second, he is "the good shepherd” in verses 11-18. When Jesus brings us to the Father he calls himself a Door, when he takes care of us, a Shepherd.

 

Scripture reading by Kent Walters

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded May 7, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Jesus Really Did Live

27Apr

 

Luke 24:13-35

Jesus Really Did Live (Easter Sunday)

 

In this passage Luke explains how we can know the risen Lord. The two disciples, on the road to Emmaus, view the cross as messiah's defeat. As they journeyed they were joined by a stranger who explained the scriptures to them. The climax of the story occurs when they reach Emmaus and join together for a meal. It is then that they recognize Jesus and marvel at how excited they were when he opened the scriptures to them.

 

 

Scripture reading by Linda Rann

 

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

 

Recorded April 16, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Salt & Light

22Feb

Salt & Light

Matthew 5:13-20

People are forming faith communities and worshiping in different places and spaces and redefining what it means to be Christian and Methodist in an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing culture. The present is unstable, and the future seems uncertain.

How are we, the disciples of Jesus Christ today, to be in this situation? How are we to live? How are we to practice our faith? How are we to share it with others?

Jesus says we are to be salt, intensifying the flavor of the world around us. Jesus says we are to be light, shining God’s grace into the despair and fear many people feel. Our goodness is to be so obvious, so in evidence, that, through our presence, the very presence of God’s love and grace is felt in those around us

 

Scripture reading by: Kent Walters

 

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded February 05, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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The Desert

1Feb

The Desert

Hebrews 3:1-14

 

The scripture from Hebrews relates the power of Christ and reliance on God in light of Moses and the Israelites wanderings through the desert en route to the promised land. None of that generation lived to enter the promised land except Caleb and Joshua, who trusted in God to deliver to them the promised land of milk and honey.

In this personal message, we may all find ourselves wandering in a spiritual "desert" at some point in our lives. Our spirits are parched, worship seems hollow, prayers empty and unfulfilling, as if God has abandoned us. But unlike the Israelites, it is not a time for complaining and turning away from God. Instead, it can be a time of deep reflection and examination of our lives. A time spent redoubled in prayer and scripture, despite the emptiness, because in the end we know God is in control, loves us, and can be trusted to lead us out of the "desert" as He did for Caleb and Joshua."

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Lay Leader, Rick Bradstreet

Recorded Janurary 29, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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Powerful Moments

24Jan

Powerful Moments

Mathew 4:12-22

Presumably, after Jesus was baptized, he stayed in Judea and ministered there. We know little of Jesus' first year of ministry and Matthew says nothing of it. Only after the arrest of John does Jesus come to Galilee. For Matthew, the importance of this move lies in its fulfillment of prophecy and it is at this point that he decides to begin his account of Jesus' ministry.

 

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded Janurary 22, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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