Messages from Pastor Fred

Sunday, August 2, 2020
9th Sunday After Pentecost

Introduction

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 55:1-5  Eat and drink that which truly satisfies
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21  You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:16)
Romans 9:1-5  The glory of God’s people Israel
Matthew 14:13-21  Christ feeding five thousand

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, July 26, 2020
8th Sunday After Pentecost

Introduction

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

Readings and Psalm

1 Kings 3:5-12  Solomon’s prayer for wisdom
Psalm 119:129-136  When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding (Ps. 119:130)
Romans 8:26-39   Nothing can separate us from God’s love
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52  Parables of the reign of heaven

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, July 19, 2020
7th After Pentecost

Introduction

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 44:6-8  There is no other God than the Lord
Psalm 86:11-17  Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth. (Ps. 86:11)
Romans 8:12-25  The revealing of the children of God
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43  The parable of the weeds

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, July 12, 2020
6th Sunday After Pentecost

Introduction

God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 55:10-13  The growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose
Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13  Your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:11)
Romans 8:1-11  Live according to the Spirit
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23  The parable of the sower and the seed

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes


Sunday, July 5, 2020
5th After Pentecost

Introduction

The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with those often excluded from the religious community. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

Readings and Psalm

Zechariah 9:9-12  The king will come in humility and peace
Psalm 145:8-14  The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. (Ps. 145:8)
Romans 7:15-25a  The struggle within the self
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  The yoke of discipleship

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes


Sunday, June 28, 2020
4th Sunday After Pentecost

Introduction

The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.

Readings and Psalm

Jeremiah 28:5-9  The test of a true prophet
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18  Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing. (Ps. 89:1)
Romans 6:12-23  No longer under law but under grace
Matthew 10:40-42  Welcome Christ in those he sends

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, June 21, 2020
3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Introduction

God does not promise that the path of the disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.

Readings and Psalm

Jeremiah 20:7-13 The prophet must speak despite opposition
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18  Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind. (Ps. 69:16)
Romans 6:1b-11  Buried and raised with Christ by baptism
Matthew 10:24-39  The cost of discipleship

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, June 14, 2020
Second Sunday After Pentecost

Introduction

Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. From the Lord’s table we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick, and to share our bread with the hungry.

Readings and Psalm

Exodus 19:2-8a  The covenant with Israel at Sinai
Psalm 100  We are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture. (Ps. 100:3)
Romans 5:1-8  While we were sinners, Christ died for us
Matthew 9:35–10:8 [9-23]  The sending of the Twelve

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.


Sunday, June 7, 2020
Trinity Sunday

Introduction

Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Readings and Psalm

Genesis 1:1–2:4a  The creation of the heavens and the earth
Psalm 8  How majestic is your name in all the earth! (Ps. 8:1)
2 Corinthians 13:11-13  Paul’s farewell to the church at Corinth
Matthew 28:16-20  Living in the community of the Trinity

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Day of Pentecost

Introduction

Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 2:1-21  Filled with the Spirit to tell God’s deeds
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b  Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:30)
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13  Varieties of gifts from the same Spirit
John 20:19-23  The Spirit poured out

Pastor’s Fred’s sermon for this Sunday, with music by Rich Barnett and Luci Hughes.