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In Your Lap ~ Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8

New members joined today. The sermon on this 2nd Sunday in Advent begins around the 36 minute mark.

There was once a young preacher who was given this advice: If, in the middle of your sermon, you forget your train of thought, just step back, pound the podium, and repeat the title of the sermon – and that will get you back on track! read more »

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Staying Awake ~ Mark 13: 24-37

The morning’s sermon begins just before the 16 minutes mark. Member Mary Ann Breisch’s haunting composition Refugee is sung as the Offertory just before the 31 minute mark (text follows the sermon below.)

Happy New Year! I bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? But you know today’s the first day of the new worship year. Indeed, the church calendar begins in Advent and runs through the year until Christ the King Sunday, or the celebration of the rule of Christ which we marked last week. read more »

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More for the Least of These ~ Matthew 25: 31-46

The sermon on this Christ the King Sunday begins around the 31 minute mark.

This passage from Matthew which we read on this Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the liturgical year before we start Advent, is about Jesus – about what his kingdom of God demands, about how we are to serve Christ, and about how we are to be his people among the nations.

This passage took on a new and profound meaning for me last Monday. read more »

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Use It or Lose It ~ Matthew 25: 14-30

The sermon, Use It or Lose It, begins around the 29 minute mark, with music provided by the Cherub Choir, Voices in Bronze, and Sine Nomine.

Before we get into today’s scripture, I want you to keep three things in mind: This scripture passage in Matthew is a parable. It is part of a collection of parables that Matthew selected and edited and placed in this part of his narrative – right before Jesus faces his death. read more »

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Heading towards Midnight ~ Joshua 24: 1-3, 14-25 and Matthew 25: 1-13

The sermon, Heading towards Midnight, begins around the 32 minute mark, with musical selections “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” (soloist Beth Zych and percussionist Chris Vandall) at around 28 minutes and Tom Trenney’s “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (soloist Mark Schmidt) at 54 minutes.

These are hard texts to read and unpack. These are not “kumbaya” passages! You might feel bad for the poor maidens who got shut out of the party. You might be angry at the maidens who didn’t share. You may wonder about the fairness of God. You may focus on Joshua telling the people that God will punish them if they do not follow the rules– and wonder about the love of God. I am with you…. read more »

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Compline

If you’ve never experienced one of our Compline worship services, enjoy this one featuring music and prayers from the Iona Community with cantor Rev. John Lentz, readers Grant Heineman, Mary Jane Reinhardt, and Dean Sieck; soloist Seth Ungemach; and the Forest Hill Chancel Choir.

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I Mean to Be One Too ~ All Saints Sunday ~ 1 John 3:1-2; Matthew 5:1-12

Rev. Annich’s sermon, I Mean to Be One Too, begins around the 28 minute mark. The service includes a celebration of Communion and the Case Western Reserve Trombone Choir.

I love All Saints’ Sunday. It’s a sweet celebration, a time of joy as we remember those who have gone before us. But it’s also a day when we can shed tears, and that’s really good because those tears express a range of feelings that can’t be captured in words, such as awe, gratitude, grief, regret, inspiration and aspiration. read more »

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Every 500 Years Or So ~ Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Romans 3: 19-28

Listen to the entire service online including, about 29 minutes in, Rev. Dr. John C. Lentz Jr.’s sermon Every 500 Years Or So on Jeremiah 31: 31-34 and Romans 3: 19-28.

Welcome to Reformation Sunday. Yes, about every 500 years or so, the church gets all shook up and resettled and so here we are: 500 years ago, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, put up his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” (better known as his 95 theses) on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church door and transformed the world. read more »

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Every Blessing in Abundance ~ 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15

Listen to the entire service online including, about 32 minutes in, Rev. Dr. John C. Lentz Jr.’s sermon Every Blessing in Abundance on 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15.

The last six weeks have been a revelation to me.

Six weeks ago, on Tuesday, Sept. 5 we welcomed Lenor Garcia into our church family. A stranger, an alien, and immigrant – we didn’t know her and she didn’t know us. And yet we opened our doors, and created a room and put in a shower and stood up to the powers that be and said: “You don’t separate a mother from her children.” Our faith won’t allow it. read more »

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For Capri (and all God’s children!) ~ Philippians 4: 1-9; Luke 3: 21-22.

Listen to the entire service online including, around 39 minutes in, Rev. Lois Annich’s sermon For Capri (and all God’s children!) on Philippians 4: 1-9 and Luke 3: 21-22.

Dear Capri:

Welcome to the family of God! I actually believe you’ve always been part of the family because God loves everything he has made in a big way, but your baptism reminds us all of that fact. read more »

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