Reverend John Harland spoke today about Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians. Paul prayed that Christ would bring them peace, strength and comfort through the Holy Spirit. John believes that Christ and Paul pray for us today to be a force of change in our troubled world.
This is the blog which contains the worship sermons for First Presbyterian Church McMinnville, Oregon done each Sunday at 9:30 am. This blog is posted to every Monday on a weekly basis.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about how God brought the Jewish people and the Gentile people together as one people through Jesus’ resurrection. They were reconciled to be a new creation because of Christ’s love. Matt explained that we (as Christians) need to continue to follow Christ’s example of unity and love by building relationships with other people and other churches.
Pastor Matt spoke to the congregation today about our extraordinary, cosmic, Christ in whom we are united with God’s people. He also spoke about our predestination, or God choosing people before he even created the earth. Matt suggested we need Ephesians this summer (only 6 chapters) because that is the book he will be preaching on from the Lectionary.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about connecting with Jesus and considering our individual calling, as the disciples did. Matt explained a 5 point model of discipleship that lead the disciples to follow Jesus. He suggested we use this model in our lives to grow in faith.
Pastor Matt told the congregation that Jesus’ acknowledging this poor, frightened, unclean woman reminds us not to be afraid but just believe in the power of Jesus. “Not everyone can be healed but everyone is welcome in Jesus’ presence”, Matt said. When Jesus returns all will be healed and this is “the hope to the Christian Community, for all who are in Christ.”
For some of us, the Sabbath itself is in need of being restored, while others are able to extend restoration to others through the Sabbath. Pastor Matt speaks to both these situations in the final part of the series.
Where in our lives do we experience salvation in a direct way? Pastor Matt suggests that the practice of Sabbath keeping is one way that – by God’s grace – we can regularly experience and be reminded of our salvation in Christ.
Pastor Matt spoke today of the spiritual discipline of Sabbath keeping. He told us that God’s activity in creation is a pattern for humans to follow in life – work and rest. Matt explained that the Sabbath was made to benefit people, but Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about why and how we know we belong to God. He told us we belong because of what Jesus did for us and we know this if we proclaim Jesus is Lord. Matt further explained, “You belong because God has come in your midst and Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit.”
Pastor Matt, this Sunday, explained what it means to be “Born of God.” He told us that all who believe that Jesus is the Messiah (or the Christ) are born of God. Matt said, “We know that we love the children of God by loving God.”… and vise versa.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke this Sunday about God’s demonstration of love in the world. God loved us so much that he sent his love through Jesus. Since God has loved us we should love one another.
Pastor Matt Johnson reminded us this Sunday of Jesus’ example of laying down his life for us. Matt explained that we can show this love by loving one another in our worship services by respecting different values and cultures of a variety of generations. In this way we can show our love for others.
On this Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson reminded us that we belong to God. We are loved and accepted by God in the present and in the future. As God’s children, he brings us in touch with Jesus and Jesus’ characteristics start to show in the lives we live.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about the meaning of the phrase “Walk in the Light.” Matt noted that admitting our sins is part of walking in the light. Confession brings joy and reconciliation.
This morning Reverend John Harland spoke about the three key things we need in cases of doubt. John told us that “Jesus offers us his peace, presence and his person.”