Sermons by “Pastor Kay”

The Other Side

There’s a children’s song that says in simple words, “Oh, you can’t keep Jesus’ love in a box ’cause His love will come a-bubblin’ through.” It’s a childlike picture of God’s love overflowing into our lives and the lives of others. In today’s Gospel, we see just that. Jesus’ love and compassion overflows to heal a bleeding woman – it seems without Him even knowing it. Then, with Jesus’ full knowledge and intent, Jesus raises a young girl from the dead. In Jesus, those living with lingering sickness and those caught in sudden death receive the abundant mercy of God. Rejoice that Jesus’ love, compassion, and mercy shown at the cross overflows with forgiveness and healing for you!

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Man Up! Or Man Overboard!

This weekends message from Pastor Kay is based on Mark 4:35-41 where Pastor tells us: “God in Jesus Christ is with us through all the sailings of life – on a 27-foot fishing boat or on 1188-foot long ocean liner. We shall be filled with great awe and continue to proclaim to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” It is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Never let go. You will not perish. The Lord be with you.”

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Restored and Softened

“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1). God ordained the Sabbath for the benefit of His people, as a source of refreshment and of joy. The Sabbath Day is the culmination of the week and gives meaning to all of the other days. With joy we gather for worship on the Lord’s Day. He is here! We have much to celebrate!”

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Sent Into The World

On this final weekend of the Easter season, the apostles are gathered to select as successor to Judas one who had been with them from the beginning to become a witness of Jesus’ resurrection. In the Epistle, John teaches us the Good News that God testifies concerning Jesus, the Son: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). In the Gospel, Jesus, in His High Priestly Prayer, prays that all who have received His Word may be one and that His joy may be fulfilled in us. He sanctifies us together in the truth of His Word as we live as resident aliens in this world.

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Grafted to Abide

In one of His several “I Am” statements, Jesus says, “I am the vine, You are the branches.” Inviting His hearers to a place of rest and refuge, He says, “Abide in Me.” In the Epistle, John correlates confessing that Jesus is the Son of God with experiencing and coming to trust in the love God has for us. Abiding in Jesus means abiding in God’s love. And God Himself abides in us. This relationship of abiding in Jesus, who Himself is love, was experienced by the Ethiopian eunuch when Philip told him the Good News about Jesus and the Ethiopian was baptized.

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April Fools!

On Easter Sunday, the Lord acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On Sunday, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen! It is great to be together in the presence of the Living Lord! Alleluia! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Misplaced “I”

As we draw closer to Holy Week, we may find ourselves dumbfounded by how dense the disciples seem to be! Again and again, they don’t understand just exactly who Jesus is or why He has come. As they travel up to Jerusalem, Jesus can’t be much more explicit about His mission than He is in this weekend’s Gospel. He says, “The Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and flog Him and kill Him. And after three days He will rise.” (Mark 10:33b-34). Despite these specifics provided by Jesus, we see in the days to come that the disciples still don’t get it! But before we are too hard on these followers of Jesus, we examine ourselves and see that we don’t always take Jesus’ words and promises to heart in our own lives. Thanks be to God that Jesus still came, died, and rose for dense disciples like us!

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A Temple Within the Building

Christ Jesus is the very core of our existence, and it is in his saving Word that we are promised and assured that no matter how sinful, how messed up, how despairing we may be, when we gather as his Church he is there among us to forgive and make new. The Church is not just in a building, but we already know that. The Church is wherever Christ’s presence is celebrated among his people, and they hear and receive the good news of forgiveness and salvation. Praise God!

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Department of Sunshine and Rainbows

“Here am I.” This is a simple, yet faith-filled, response of Abraham as the Lord calls him. Not knowing what the Lord will call him to do, but simply trusting the Word of the Lord, Abraham says, “Here am I.” As we look through the pages of Scripture those same three little words, “Here am I,” are echoed by others: Jacob, Moses, and Samuel – to name just a few. As people who the Lord has called into Baptism, may we also answer with the same faith-filled response, “Here am I!” We may not always know where God will lead, but we do know that the One who has called us will be with us as we follow where He guides.

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Heavenly Makeover

This day ends the Epiphany season and prepares us for Lent. Jesus has been revealing His true nature through His words and actions, and on the Mount of Transfiguration three disciples see His glory revealed as transfiguring light. Moses and Elijah appear with Him, talking about His departure in Jerusalem. But our Lord then commands the disciples not to tell about the event until after Easter. Because we live after His resurrection, Paul writes in the Epistle, we recognize Jesus’ true glory in going to the cross for us, for God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

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