Sermon Archives

Larry Hauder
October 4, 2015

Wilderness can be an Incubator – Moses in the Wilderness

Wilderness can be an Incubator - Moses in the Wilderness

The people of Israel are grumbling about the lack of food and water in the desert wilderness. John the Baptist was in the wilderness and preached. Jesus entered a period of 40 days in the wilderness. Wilderness experiences, those experiences in our lives that are difficult, can be transformative in our lives. “It is better […]

January 17, 2016

Jeremiah – Defining Moments Can Lead to Change – Or Not!

Jeremiah - Defining Moments Can Lead to Change - Or Not!

We continue our Bible reading and this week we have been reading through Jeremiah so we look to the life of Jeremiah. Today’s sermon led us to think about God’s call on our lives as we read in Scripture about Jeremiah’s call which spoke to him throughout his life as a prophet. It wasn’t an […]

March 20, 2016

Lent 6 – Living Ink: The Plot Thickens

Lent 6 - Living Ink: The Plot Thickens

The Passion Week is thick with multilayered and complex symbolism. the characters in God’s story are not straightforward. The people who praised “Hosanna” and hailed Jesus as the coming king may be the very ones who later shouted, “Crucify Him!” Like them, we find ourselves to be deeply complex characters within the covenant story, characters […]

August 7, 2016

What does it mean to be loving AND faithful

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus engages in unpredictable, unexpected behavior. When circumstances would suggest Jesus should go this way, he goes that way. When others court controversy, Jesus creatively disengages.

October 2, 2016

How to Practice Radical Hospitality

Issues divide. Politics divide. And Christians are part of the divisions. Taking sides. Bible tells us – Humble yourself to exalt others. Step in and intercede among the divisions. Speak the message–no matter where you are from, we are glad you are our neighbors. You are welcome. How are we living this out with others […]

January 15, 2017

Learning to Recognize Moments of Epiphany

We are in the season of Epiphany, the time when Jesus becomes evident, for Jesus as light to shine. Larry invited us to recognize the epiphany moments in our lives, those times when God speaks to us or is evident to us. They are the spaces when the divine intersects with the human. These moments […]

July 9, 2017

How to Wait with Patience and Perseverance

The parable of the ten virgins/handmaids/guests teaches us about being wise and foolish, being prepared and ready for the great banquet with God. We were asked about sharing the oil we have with those around us so they can join the banquet. Who is left at the door knocking?

January 14, 2018

Empowered and Transformed by the Holy Spirit

Today is Mennonite World Fellowship Sunday. Our focus was on the power of the Holy Spirit. Comments from the sermon were: * One of the reasons the global church has mushroomed is because of the Holy Spirit * The spirit has always been here—it didn’t just come at Pentecost. * The spirit empowers to speak […]

March 4, 2018

Me & You & Working It Through

We are in relationship with a God whose foolishness is wiser than human wisdom. We need relational guidelines to guide the between, although rigidly adhering to rules has the potential to come in between. How might we seek God each day and tend to the space between (for example, between relationship), rather than focus solely […]

June 10, 2018

Reconciliation is the Center of our Work

Our vocation as Christians is the work of reconciliation. There is restitution; we go forward in peace. The central message of Jesus’ message is reconciliation. It begins with being reconciled to God. Christ is reconciled to us and we are called to be reconciled with God and others. We are called to live at peace […]

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