May 2017 Sermons

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Invitation

May 21, 2017:  After finding a statue in Athens erected to an “unknown” god, Paul realized that he could use it to talk about his God, the one true God. Instead of criticizing the secular culture that surrounded him, he capitalized on the Athenian spiritual yearning. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about how we can use the idols of this world to connect people to a deeper spiritual journey.

 

The Open Door Service

May 21, 2017:  Sometimes it’s a challenge to see our gifts and talents.  It may be that circumstances have never allowed them to shine before.  Rev. David Eardley talks about how God encouraged Isaiah to be brave as he discovered his gift to be a prophet.  How may God be calling you to be brave through your talents and gifts?

Empowered

May 14, 2017:   “Do not let your hearts be troubled,”  Jesus says to his disciples.  Often, there can be much that troubles our hearts.  In the midst of the challenges of daily life, Rev. David Eardley says Jesus has a word for us.  Will we be willing to hear him out?

The Open Door Service

May 14, 2017:  The Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Amos, Ezekiel pushed God’s kingdoms to be more just, fair, and equal.  Unfortunately, we haven’t yet created the just society our spiritual ancestors yearned for.  Rev. Jon Reynolds examines the life of the prophet Amos to see how God’s grace made him brave.

 

Together

May 7, 2017:   Too often we find ourselves in a culture that willingly sacrifices civility and community in order to win, to claim victory over someone else or someone else’s ideas. We demand to be heard, but we won’t listen to others. The early church lived much differently. Rev. David Eardley talks of seeking to be God’s people in the world today.

The Open Door Service

May 7, 2017:  God created us to be in relationship with each other, whether it’s romantic relationships, friendships, or collegial connections, God’s grace gives us the strength to create new healthy relationships and end unhealthy relationships. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how God’s grace makes us brave.

 

April 2017 Sermons

The Promise

April 30, 2017:   The Easter season is a time for new beginnings, as we turn toward the way of the Risen Christ.  Rev. David Eardley celebrates Confirmation Sunday, as we welcome our confirmands as professing members of St. Paul’s.

 

The Open Door Service

April 30, 2017:  Our faith gives us the strength to do some amazing things. God’s grace gives us the confidence to fight some of the worst temptations and addictions in our life. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how God’s grace makes us brave.

There’s No Place Like Home

April 23, 2017:    Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services preaches at all three services on April 23. She brings an update on the Tiny Home Project and the work she is doing to fight poverty and create opportunity in Detroit. St. Paul’s has committed to raise $35,000 for one Tiny Home for Cass this year.

 

The Open Door Service

April 23, 2017:  Note: There is a long pause after the introduction. Please be patient – the sermon starts at about 3 minute mark! Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services preaches. She brings and update on the Tiny Home Project and the work she is doing to fight poverty and create opportunity in Detroit. St. Paul’s has committed to raise $35,000 for one Tiny Home for Cass this year.

I Have Seen the Lord!

April 16, 2017:    Rev. David Eardley preaches on Easter Sunday. There is mystery and majesty on this most amazing day of days.  At first there are only whispered rumors of an empty tomb.  Then the disciples begin to see him, the Risen Christ is present in their midst.  This is the Good News that changed the world and continues to change our lives.  “I have seen the Lord!” Mary Magdalene exclaims.

 

The Open Door Service

April 15, 2017:  Easter on Saturday – Rev. Jon Reynolds Christ is Risen! Thank you God. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and explore how His new life means we can have it too.

Who Is This Jesus?

April 9, 2017:    “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” shouted the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday.  We once more wave palms in celebration that Jesus begins this Holy Week journey for all of us.  Rev. David Eardley reminds us that He is our King, and He is worthy of our praise.

 

The Open Door Service

April 9, 2017:  Jesus knew what he was getting into when he rode the donkey into Jerusalem. Israel wanted a King, a leader, a general. Jesus wanted to preach a radial message of love. Rev. Jon Reynolds helps us remember Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem.

Lazarus, Come Out!

April 2, 2017:    Jesus’ statement, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even though they die,” is one that Rev. Latha Ravi has said at every funeral she’s officiated. There is comfort knowing that death will not separate us from our loved ones. Is this statement inspiring and comforting to those who are not grieving?

 

The Open Door Service

April 2, 2017:  Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about Jesus’ farewell to the disciples. He knows what he has to do, and he knows his fate. Listen as we examine how Jesus began to say goodbye to his disciples knowing that he was on the road to suffering.

March 2017 Sermons

There Once Was a Healing

March 26, 2017:  Rev. David Eardley – He’d been blind since birth; the kind of thing that never gets better.  But Jesus would cross his path this day, and Light and Life would bring change.  Through Jesus, his eyes and his heart are given new vision.  He sees!  For some this is good news, but for others, they liked him better when he was blind.  Now, they must decide whether to accept or reject this Jesus and the healing change he brings.

 

The Open Door Service

March 26, 2017:  Jesus said “I am the bread of Life. Those who come to me shall not hunger.” We gather at Jesus’ feet this week looking for support, shelter, community, transformation and life itself. Rev. Jon Reynolds welcomes us to gather in the company of the one who promises to provide eternal bread.

Conversations at the Well

March 19, 2017:  Rev. David Eardley tells us she went to the well at noon, because no one was supposed to be there.  Instead, she discovers that a stranger sitting right next to the well.  Here in Samaria, Light and Life interrupts the daily routine of this ostracized woman.  Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are people of worth and beauty.

 

The Open Door Service

March 19, 2017:  Last week we learned about what Jesus did. This week, Rev. Jon Reynolds examines who Jesus said he was. In the Gospel of John there are 8 times Jesus said “I am…” Join is as we explore the “I am” statements of Jesus.

This Is New Life

March 12, 2017:  The wealthy, influential man came to Jesus under cover of the night. He sought answers in the darkness, but to his amazement, found Light and Life. Rev. Rick Kress asks, How often do our well-laid plans-and expectations-disappoint? Jesus invites us to discover the ongoing surprises of an illumined life.

 

The Open Door Service

March 12, 2017:  Throughout John’s Gospel Jesus performed several miracles. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores a story where Jesus heals a blind man. Hear how Jesus’ ministry transformed people’s lives.

Meeting Us Where We Are

March 5, 2017:  In Jesus Christ we experience Light and Life as a person.  During Lent, we’ll look at how Jesus shared his light and life with the people around him.  Rev. David Eardley asks:  how does the light and life of Jesus strengthen and encourage you in the midst of temptation?

 

The Open Door Service

March 5, 2017: Unfortunately, the Open Door Service recording is unavailable.

February 2017 Sermons

 Our Turn

February 26, 2017:  Rev. Eardley asks what does tomorrow look like to you?  Will it be a time for hope or fear?  The power of “Making an IMPACT” is the power to see that we are working both for the present and the future.  In God’s kingdom, every act of faith now is also an investment for the future.  It’s living boldly now because we know the One who holds the future.

 

Open Door Service

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February 26, 2017:  Rev. Jon Reynolds sent a video from Liberia to the Open Door service.  See the video by clicking on the link above.

 Our Future

February 19, 2017:  In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to go make disciples.  Our faith now will IMPACT our future and the future of our church.  We believe that it is crucial that we have a church facility that will provide the spaces and resources to make more disciples of Jesus Christ.  Rev. David Eardley says each of us has a role in creating a faith-filled future here at St. Paul’s.

 

Open Door Service

February 19, 2017:  There is a time for everything, or is there? When we live with unresolved hurts and broken relationships, the time may never come to find healing and wholeness. God has a different view. There is a time to move forward… Rev. Rick Kress asks is now your time?

 

 

 Our Present

February 12, 2017:  Right now we’re having an IMPACT.  Our faith is growing, and people around us are receiving God’s love through our time, talent, and treasure.  Men and women are committing their lives to Jesus Christ because of what we’re doing and being even now.  Our church is a launching pad for so many amazing ministries.  Rev. David Eardley says today is a good day to make in IMPACT.

 

Open Door Service

February 12, 2017:  Valentine’s Day is this week. Love is in the air. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks of how Radical Love plays a role in our relationships with each other. He examines how God’s sacrificial love is an example for us in our relationships.

 Our Legacy

February 5, 2017:  This month we begin a series called, “Make an IMPACT,” which coincides with our three-year capital campaign, “Project IMPACT.”  For almost 160 years, our church has been touching the lives of the people around us through our commitment to Jesus Christ.  Rev. David Eardley  reminds us it’s a legacy that has left an impact.

 

 

Open Door Service

February 5, 2017:  Jesus had a funny encounter with Zacchaeus. Rev. Jon Reynolds says Zacchaeus did everything he could to see Jesus. The religious community could hardly believe it when Jesus went to his house for the evening. Yet, by the end of Jesus’ stay Jesus had blessed Zacchaeus and told him salvation had come to him this day.

 

 

January 2017 Sermons

 New Beginnings

January 1, 2017:  Happy New Year! Rev. Jon Reynolds rings in the new year with the theme or new beginnings. Whether you feel like you need to leave something in 2016 behind or commit yourself to something new in 2017 this message is for you.

 Beloved Community

January 8, 2017:  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River and was called God’s beloved child. Rev. Latha Ravi asks “What would it mean if when we looked at each other and considered all truly beloved? And what if we went one step further and understand ourselves to be beloved?”

 

 New Hope

January 15, 2017:  So, how has your 2017 been so far?  Are you looking ahead, or are you still working through 2016?  Rev. David Eardley continues our “New” series, as we embrace the hope that is available when we begin to see Jesus as our Messiah right now.  He’s willing to meet us in this very moment and offer us his love, grace, and peace.

 New Mission

January 22, 2017:  The new year is also a great time to reassess what we do.  Do our actions and activities build us up and the people around us, or do they diminish ourselves and others? Rev. David Eardley looks at the new mission that Jesus gives some business owners in Galilee.  They had the skills, but they needed a new mission… one that literally changed the world!

 

 

 New Lifestyle

January 29, 2017:
There’s one more “new” thing that we need to consider: a new lifestyle.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we emulate him in our words and actions (or at least that should be our goal).  The Beatitudes are Jesus’ striking way of inviting us into a new lifestyle.  Rev. David Eardley tells us they’re not easy to hear, but they’re exactly what we need.

The Open Door

January 29, 2017:  Jesus had a way of irritating religious leaders of his day. It’s hard to imagine that eating with the wrong types of people could have been the source of frustration for the religious community around Jesus. Yet, in Luke’s account of Jesus’ meal with Levi, Jesus does exactly that. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores what happened at Jesus’ meal with Levi.

 

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