Walking into the Truth

February 16, 2020 – In this sermon, Krista Dutt of MCC Great Lakes in Chicago encourages us to be bold, rooted in hope.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:10-18

Don’t Lose Heart

February 9, 2020 – This sermon based on Luke 18:1-8 is about persistence in prayer, particularly intercession and petition. Why pray? To whom do we pray? What does prayer do? Jesus says, “Don’t lose heart.”

Scripture: Luke 18:1-8

Jumping Fences

January 26, 2020 – This sermon is about the scandalous call of Matthew (the tax collector) and our rejection and suspicions of those not like us. Jesus leaps the fence and creates a diverse community of equal regard.

Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13

Where Are You Staying?

January 19, 2020 – This sermon is about Staying With Jesus. Where do we find the presence of Christ among us and around us?

Scripture: John 1:35-42

Getting to YES

January 12, 2020 – Mag and Bob Richer Smith, our new bridge pastors, introduce themselves, share how they experienced the call to return to FMC, and explain how they hope to support our journey of moving forward. 

Scripture: Philippians 1:2-6; Exodus 3:1-12a

A Change of Plans

December 22, 2019 – While Christmas is big in our families, churches, society and economy, it’s not big in the gospels. Mark and John don’t mention Jesus’ birth. Matthew describes it in 10 words. Only Luke provides us with the details. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth (1:18-25), focuses on Joseph, in a similar way that Luke’s account focuses on Mary. Both listened to angels who explained what God was doing, and embraced God’s plan changing direction for their life.  Mary and Joseph willingly trusted God’s direction to pursue a we’ve never done this before experience. What will God do in and through our lives, if we follow their example?

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

What do you hear and see?

December 15, 2019 – John the Baptist, the one who pointed others to Jesus as the Messiah, was having second thoughts in prison (Matthew 2:2-11). Jesus’ deeds did not match John’s expectations of a Messiah. What if Jesus was not the Messiah? Jesus responded to John’s doubts: focus on what you can hear and see about God’s Kingdom, not on your expectations which you cannot see. God accomplishes Kingdom purposes in ways which confound rationale thought, like sending the Messiah whose childhood would include life as a refugee.

Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11

God’s Dream

December 8, 2019 – God is waiting for us to embrace God’s Dream for a new creation. When we are impatient in facing all the frightening challenges around us, we can remember what God is already doing. God is creating a city full of joy, where there is no infant mortality, seniors live a full dignified life, and everyone in between (working adults) have employment, housing, food and time for leisure (Isaiah 65:17-25). Our job is primarily to rejoice in, and celebrate what God is doing, and then join God in God’s Dream. It’s not about what we are doing—it’s about what God is doing.

Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25; Matthew 3:1-12