Sermons by Rebecca Messman

The Gospel According to Pixar: Finding Our Way Home

About the sermon series Luke 15:11-32 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took…

The Cure for Imposter Syndrome

Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The…

This Is How It Starts

Acts 2:1-13 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now…

Show Me Love: The Graph and the Graft

About this sermon series  John 15:1-12 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branchesthat don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.  You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t…

Show Me Love: First Response

About this sermon series  I John 4:7-21 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.  God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent…

Show Me Love: Love Is an Action Verb

About this sermon series  I John 3:16-24 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees abrother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth…

Wandering Heart: And I Hope…

About this sermon series  Luke 24:1-12 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices thatthey had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you…

Maundy Thursday

About this sermon series  John 13:1-7 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart fromthis world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had…

Wandering Heart: Songs of Loudest Praise

About this sermon series  John 12:12-16 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion.Look, your king is coming,sitting on a…

Wandering Heart: I’m Fixed Upon It

About this sermon series Matthew 16:21-23 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You…

Wandering Heart: Praise the Mount

About this sermon series Matthew 16:13-20 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who dopeople say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist but othersElijah and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”   And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon…

Wandering Heart: Jesus Sought Me

About this sermon series Luke 5: 1-11 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he…