Sermons by Rebecca Messman

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…

No Show

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them, for then youhave no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound atrumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so thatthey may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. Butwhen you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so…

I Want to Reduce Stress

About this sermon series Matthew 7:6 “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  9  Is there anyone among you who, if your child asked for bread, would give a stone?  10  Or if the child asked for a fish, would give a snake?  11  If…

I Want To Make Better Use Of My Time

About this sermon series Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they willtrample them under foot and turn and maul you.”Let us pray. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable inyour sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.A stunning privilege, or perhaps occupational hazard, of being a pastor is how many daysare spent near the cliff edge of life.…

I Want To Be More Spiritual

About this sermon series Acts 19: 1-7 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the…

We Are Those Who Dream

Luke 2:1-14 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged…

The World Turned Upside Down

Luke 1:46-55 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.    Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,    and holy is his name;50 indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him    from generation to generation.51 He has shown strength with his arm;    he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.52 He has brought down…

Have Yourself a Merry Little Apocalypse

Our theme for Advent is Those Who Dream, inspired by the the opening line of Psalm 126, “When the Lord restored the Fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” Mark 13:24-37 24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,    and the moon will not give its light,25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,    and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and…

What’s in your hymnal?

Psalm 100 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.2     Worship the Lord with gladness;    come before him with joyful songs.3 Know that the Lord is God.    It is he who made us, and we are his;    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving    and his courts with praise;    give thanks to him and praise his name.5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;    his faithfulness continues through all generations. Let us pray: O Lord uphold me, that I might uplift thee. Amen. When I read today’s Psalm, I instantly thought of…

How We Are Replenished

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;          for his steadfast love endures forever.   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,          those he redeemed from trouble   and gathered in from the lands,          from the east and from the west,          from the north and from the south. Some wandered in desert wastes,          finding no way to an inhabited town;   hungry and thirsty,          their soul fainted within them.   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,          and he delivered them from their distress;   he led them by…

The Rear View Mirror

Our October 2023 sermon series is called The Path of Freedom. Exodus 33:12-23 12Moses said to the LORD, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor…