Sermons by Rebecca Messman (Page 2)

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…

A Changed Mind

“A Changed Mind” is the second sermon in our October sermon series, The Path of Freedom. Exodus 32:1-14 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off…

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

About this sermon series Mark 2:1-12 2 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door, and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and…

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

About this sermon series John 8:1-11 8 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and, making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us…

Unconformed

Romans 12:1-8 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritualworship. 2 Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to…

Nothing But

Matthew 14:13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they…

The Game of Life

About this sermon series Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty…