“The Voice Crying Out from the Wound!”

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                                             2 August 2020 (Isaiah 55:1-5   Psalm 145   Romans 9:1-5   Matthew 14:13-21) “The Voice Crying Out from the Wound!” There is a story of a little girl, probably six or seven years old, when she became an orphan of war.  This story comes out of the war-torn years of Guatemala.  Both her … More “The Voice Crying Out from the Wound!”

“Separation Anxiety Not Needed!”

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost                                26 July 2020 [Gettysburg National Military Park Amphitheater Community Service] (Romans 8:26-39) “Separation Anxiety Not Necessary!” There is an African Proverb coming out of Nigeria that goes like this:  “No matter how dark, the hand always knows the way to the mouth.” Even when we cannot see, we know how … More “Separation Anxiety Not Needed!”

“Getting Out of the Weeds!”

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost                                        19 July 2020 ((Isaiah 44:6-8   Psalm 86   Romans 8:12-25   Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) “Getting Out of the Weeds!” These days I’m spending way too much time in the weeds!  These last 14 days in quarantine I have spent looking for weeds—and they have been counting down the days until my quarantine … More “Getting Out of the Weeds!”

What is Freedom?

Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 With the 4th of July last weekend and all that is happening around our nation, I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about the idea of freedom.  What is freedom?  What does freedom mean?  What does it mean for us to be free?  To have freedom?  What … More What is Freedom?

“Prisoners of Hope!”

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost                                                           5 July 2020 (Zechariah 9:9-12   Psalm 145: 8-14   Romans 7:15-25  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30) “Prisoners of Hope!” Good morning to all who are watching our worship service this morning.  I’m Pastor Mike and this morning I am delivering the message in a way different from “normal.”  But who knows what is normal … More “Prisoners of Hope!”

Baptismal Calling

Matthew 10: 34-39, Romans 6: 1b-11 At this time five years ago, I was in the midst of wrapping up the final stages of my call process with St. James.  While it’s hard to believe it’s been that long, a lot has happened since then; in our church family, in our personal lives, in our … More Baptismal Calling

“The Language of the Unheard!”

Second Sunday after Pentecost                                           14 June 2020 (Exodus 19:2-8   Psalm 100   Romans 5:1-8   Matthew 9:35-10:8) “The Language of the Unheard!” At every University of Pittsburgh football game at some point during one of those television commercial time outs, four persons in over-sized football costumes come onto the field to challenge each other to a 100-yard … More “The Language of the Unheard!”

Faith or Politics?

It’s been a hell of a week, hasn’t it? As I looked through my news feed early Tuesday morning over my first cup of coffee for the day, feeling saddened and angry, and honestly a bit overwhelmed with all that I was reading, I looked over at Christina in the chair next to me, and … More Faith or Politics?