Pastor Matt Johnson began a new sermon series this Sunday. We have just entered the season of Lent, and this series is to prepare us for Easter. Pastor Matt spoke about the original disciples and us today needing to awaken our souls to who Jesus is. He asked, “Who is Jesus for you? What paths of discipleship are God leading you into?”
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’s sermon was centered on the importance of the Transfiguration for the disciples and for us today. Matt told us God was preparing the disciples for Jesus departure. God wanted them to understand Jesus was their only authority and they needed to listen to Him. Matt asked, “Who is it that goes with you…” when you are unprepared for life’s difficulties? Let Jesus be your companion on your life journey.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about Jesus’ complete authority and power over everyone and everything. Pastor Matt told us that everyone is loved by God and Jesus wants us to see others as he does. Matt said “There are many people we just don’t want to see or deal with, but everyone is loved by God.” He asked “Can you see the person before you?”
This Sunday’s scripture passage was a familiar one. Jesus had been invited to a Pharisee’s home for dinner. While they were eating, an unknown women entered, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, kissed and poured perfume on them. Pastor Matt asked who we identified ourselves with, the woman or the Pharisee? The main point was about forgiveness of sins. Pastor Matt said, “We can receive great forgiveness if we humble ourselves.”
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson reminded the congregation, in this season of Epiphany, that Epiphany “refers to someone becoming aware of God’s presence in a unique way.” In the gospel story Jesus tells Peter to catch fish. Peter and his partners pull in a huge catch! Then the disciples leave everything to follow Jesus. Matt said Jesus’ primary call is discipleship. Matt then reminded the congregation that next Sunday is Testimony Sunday. He encouraged people to tell stories during that service of ways their lives, the church or the world have been changed according to God’s work in the past years.
Pastor Matt Johnson opened this Sunday’s sermon with the concept of group identity. He noted that Christians have a powerful identity as one body held together by one spirit. Pastor Matt concluded, however, that even though it’s human nature to focus on our own agendas, that our focus needs to be on Jesus and why he came into the world. Do you know what it is to follow Jesus?
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson spoke to the congregation about the gospel of Luke being primarily about salvation in the here and now. Then Pastor Matt read the story, from Luke, of Jesus being accidentally left in the temple in Jerusalem when he was only 12 years old. Jesus, though, felt he was where he should of been because he stayed to learn and form relationships with the teachers of the law. Matt suggested to us a goal for this new year – to grow in God’s calling in our lives.
Reverend John Harland preached today because Pastor Matt Johnson was on vacation. John’s sermon was about paying attention to your good dreams. He spoke about word dreams, will dreams and holy dreams. He concluded that we need to pay attention to our good dreams and await the possibilities God has for us in 2015.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about Simeon’s example of waiting for the Messiah. Simeon waited and was led by the Holy Spirit in his waiting. Pastor Matt told us that Advent is primarily about waiting. Matt said that Jesus was the light of revelation to the Gentiles, that God sent Jesus for all people.
On this second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Matt Johnson exclaimed that God is delighted with us! He explained that through Zechariah’s song of salvation, God is singing salvation to you. Matt said salvation is given to us by grace and “it is something we live into.”
On this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Matt Johnson speaks to us about Mary’s message from God – that she, a virgin, will give birth to a son. Back in Mary’s time, Roman laws were written to disadvantage people of other races and that is still true today, says Matt. However, he tells us that “Advent is Jesus entering our sinful world.”
In this final sermon in the series, Inside Worship, Pastor Matt Johnson speaks about God’s beautifully created world. He says we connect with God when we are out in the world. Pastor Matt reminds us that “worshiping on Sunday morning is not to be forgotten the rest of the week.” Our actions should reflect God’s character, creation, and praise of God.
In this sermon on Justice, Pastor Matt Johnson told the congregation that we can’t fix every injustice in our world, but we can notice them and allow God to empower us to intervene where and when we can. Examples of God’s love making sense in the real world for our congregation are the Community Dinner and a mission that may emerge, such as C-WISH. In such endeavors, we join God in loving others.
This sermon was the sixth in a series, Inside Worship: Lament. Pastor Matt Johnson spoke to the congregation on the importance of public grieving or mourning about what has happened to us in this world. Pastor Matt told us that grief used to be common place but in today’s world there seems to be a phobia attached to lament. However, Matt said we need to be examples to one another and our children, for “lament is a God honoring posture.”
In this sermon, Reverend Matt Johnson spoke about the connection of worship and song. He explained that singing helps connect God with others. Matt said that God wants people to be reconciled to Christ and one another and singing to praise God helps in God’s mission of reconciliation in the world.