Sermons from 2018

Do Expect Peace

Imagine my surprise:   I began my renewal leave in the middle of October by spending eight days in Ontario, Canada in silent retreat.  When I returned, I was surprised to find out major construction was underway just off Guernsey Road, just down from the church. On my short commute, I am now often slowed down and treated to a view of construction…

Do Expect Hope

In the middle of December when I was a child, boxes would begin appearing on the kitchen table to decorate our home.  It was not until later, I learned that they were tucked in the attic throughout the year and taken down only for Christmas.  The children just expected Christmas tins, mistletoe, stuffed bears, and other decorations would show up. This Advent…

DO study

Good morning to everyone. I am grateful to have the opportunity to get to speak to you all this morning and share with you some thoughts and insights on the topic of “do study”. This Sunday is the last Sunday in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This time next week we will be celebrating the first Sunday of Advent and starting…

A Stewardship of Legacy

Slide 1: Today we want to focus on something we may not think much about- the stewardship of our legacy. How do we live so that our lives continues to change the world, shape the world for God even after our lives here end? Slide 2: Psalm 78- this is The Message version- goes like this: 1-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s…

“Do Share Tithes”

A Little Bit of Time…A Little Bit of Opportunity Luke 16:1-15 Pastor Tom Davis-Shappell INTRO… Even among the most devoted of Christ followers there appears to be differences of opinions about how much we should give (tithe)…Today through the parable of the shrewd manager we will discover how God sees money and possessions. ILLUSTRATION…The Bible says the Kingdom of God is like…

DO Share You

The Gospel of Mark is part of the synoptic Gospels. The early church attributes authorship to John Mark, a student of Peter in Rome. Written by Mark witnessed earlier by Peter. It is though to have been written around 64 AD under Emperor Nero. Nero launched Persecution of believer’s of the way. The original audience is believers in Rome. It is probable…

DO Share Gifts

Earlier this month, I got a flat tire from a tear in the sidewall.  Without a spare tire in my car (hybrids use that space for a battery), I relied on the next best option.  As I was waiting for Triple A to come and tow my car, there was a parade of generous people who came by happy to share their…

DO Share Time

525, 600 minutes in one year. Is there a way to get more?  Regularly do emails, podcasts, and morning shows suggest ways to maximize your time.  Streamline a process.  Eliminate redundancies and smooth out unnecessary roles and tasks.  Maybe more moments will show up in your day. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and…