20Oct

S3E19: Servants Everywhere and Always (Ordinary Time 2015)

Sermon #136

Ambition is a human quality and at times it can be an admirable trait.  After all, if someone does not strive to better themselves they become stagnant or slide back into oblivion.  But when it comes to the Kingdom of God, ambition, Jesus tells us, is not a characteristic to be desired.  In today's reading we meet James and John, two brothers who were fishermen, who took their ambition to great heights whey they aksed to sit at Jesus' right and left hand when he comes into his kingdom.  But in the upside-down structure of God's kingdom, the person who humbles himself is the greatest.  For when we seek to make ourselves more important, what we are really doing is diminishing God in our lives.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 10, and prepare your heart and mind as we see what it means to be servants, everywhere and always.  

Mark 10:35-45

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 18, 2015 (Originally published November 24, 2015)

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18Oct

S6E24: Where Was God? (Laity Sunday 2018)

Sermon #304

Laity Sunday is a day when we celebrate the work of laypersons in the church of God.  On this Laity Sunday we at Hudson UMC asked our Lay Leader Wayne Niebauer to describe a time when he felt abandoned by God, and how he could point to where God was at work in that moment.  We often feel like in our hard times we are all alone, and yet when we look back at those times we can often see how God was at work, and it is in the retrospective view that we can gain confidence in hard times when they come.  

Text: Mark 10:35-45

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 21, 2018 (Originally published December 6, 2018)

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17Oct

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24), Year B

October 17, 2021

Old Testament: Job 38:1-7,34-41

Psalter: Psalm 104:1-9,24,35c

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 5:1-10

Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:35-45

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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13Oct

S3E17: Riches & the Kingdom of God (2015)

Sermon #135

As we continue our liturgical journey through the book of Mark, we come to one of the best known and least understood phrases in all the Bible - It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  The question often is, what did Jesus mean by it?  Did he mean a literal camel and a literal needle, or was he speaking in hyperbole, or was he talking about some cultural construct that we no longer understand?  But what we find today is, what Jesus was saying is that it is impossible for us, but that all things are possible for God.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 10, and prepare your heart and mind as we take a deeper look at riches and the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:17-31

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 11, 2015 (Originally published November 14, 2015)

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11Oct

S9E09: God at the Center (Prophets & Kings pt. 6)

Sermon #453

What should worship look like?  Nowadays Christians are divided in their desire to worship the Lord in certain ways.  Some prefer high church; some prefer a less rigid but still traditional service with a choir and pipe organ.  Some prefer gospel music; some prefer contemporary christian music.  Some prefer no music at all.  When it comes down to it, worship does not need to be a certain format in order to glorify God; all that is required is that God is at the center of our worship.  If our worship doesn't glorify God and point our hearts to Him, then it is worship that is more about us and our desires than about God and his glory.  

2 Samuel 6:1-19

Recorded at Hudson UMC on July 11, 2021

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10Oct

Lectionary Readings for Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23), Year B

October 10, 2021

Old Testament: Job 23:1-9,16-17

Psalter: Psalm 22:1-15

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 4:12-16

Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:17-31

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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8Oct

S3E16: Divorce and Reconciliation (2015)

Sermon #134

There are some topics which are difficult to discuss in the church today.  One of the hardest topics to discuss is that of divorce.  The church and many in it seem to hold fast to the idea of traditional marriage, yet few wish to talk about the fact that Jesus himself decried the practice of divorce.  If this is the case, then why is divorce so prevalent, even among Christians?  But more importantly, what does God's word say about grace, even in the midst of brokenness and disolution?  We find out today, from the teachings of Christ on what it means to enter the Kingdom of God as little children.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 10, and prepare your heart and mind as we take a hard look at divorce and reconciliation.

Mark 10:2-16

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 4, 2015 (Originally published Nivember 10, 2015)

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7Oct

S3E15: Building the Bible (Deep Questions pt. 13)

Sermon #133

As we bring our Deep Questions sermon series to a close, it occurs to me that perhaps this question, which was answered last, should have been answered first.  After all, it addresses the question of the validity of the Bible - our holy scriptures which we hold fast to as the very inspired word of God.  Now, for the past 150 years or so, the validity and veracity of the Bible has been under attack.  Most recently, Dan Brown's book "The DaVinci Code" puts forth the notion that the Bible was actually assembled by the pagan emperor Constantine.  But as we will see in today's lesson, God's word is secure and reliable, because we know where it came from and who wrote it, and why.  So grab your Bible, turn it to the second letter to Timothy, and prepare your heart and mind as we take a look at what went into building the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 27, 2015 (Originally published November 7, 2015)

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5Oct

S6E23: Crowned with Glory (World Communion Sunday 2018)

Sermon #303

On this World Communion Sunday, we come together in unity with Christians all around the world to recognize the one thing that draws us all together and separates us from all other world religions.  That one thing is faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.  That Jesus Christ is the Son of God is a statement that only those who have faith in Christ can proclaim.  There may be many denominations, separations between the orthodox and liberal factions, the Catholic church and protestantism, and the many shades of protestantism such as Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and, yes, Methodist.  And yet the one thing that defines us as Christian and truly makes us one church universal is faith in Jesus Christ, who is crowned with glory and seated at the right hand of God the Father.  Ours is the only faith that affirms belief in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and on World Communion Sunday we set aside our differences to embrace our oneness in Christ alone.

Text: Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 7, 2018 (Originally published November 20, 2018)

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3Oct

Lectionary Readings for Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22), Year B

October 3, 2021

Old Testament: Job 1:1; 2:1-10

Psalter: Psalm 26

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:2-16

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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