Sermons from April 2020

Being A Lion in A Den of Daniels

Scripture: 1 John 4:15-19; John 21:20-23 John’s gospel ends with Jesus treating his disciples to an intimate breakfast on the beach.  I can never read this story without thinking of Zihautaneju, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico–about 100 miles north of Acapulco. Years ago, a buddy of mine and I spent 3 days there. Each morning about 6 a.m., just  before sunrise, you could hear the fishermen racing towards shore in their open boats after a…

Taking Off Our Rags

Sunday            04-19-20                   2nd Sunday of Easter Sermon:  “Taking Off Our Rags”  Text:  Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. In the New Testament, 9 different texts use clothing as a metaphor for the kind of character that we Christ followers should…

“LESSONS FROM A CAVE”

Sermon: “Lessons From a Cave”Text: Ephesians 1:17-20Today’s message is all about the power of the resurrection, and who doesn’t needmore power? I know a story about a prison chaplain who disliked a prisoner on deathrow as much as the prisoner disliked him. On the day of the execution, the prisonerwas strapped into the electric chair and the chaplain asked with fake compassion,“My son, is there anything I can do for you?” “Sure padre,” responded the angryprisoner, “hold my hand.” To…

Good Friday Service

Good Friday worship service including sermon from Pastor Paul and music from Young and the NPC music team

MAUNDY THURSDAY

THE LAST SUPPER/HOLY COMMUNION Please remember to have some bread and juice (or red wine of yourchoice) ready for our online Holy Communion. If you don’t have either andweren’t planning on a trip to HEB, just use water and a cracker. Theelements of Communion are very special, not because of their shape orcomposition, but because of our God who infuses them in the moment offaith. We know that Holy Week has been different this year due to COVID-19, but we…

“The Stranger’s Bargain”

Text: Matthew 21:1-11 Our text for this Palm Sunday is so familiar—Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Is it possible to get new insights out of a text we have been hearing all our life?  In this time of social distancing, just reading about a huge crowd of people welcoming Jesus is a novel idea. Someone once said that the United States would be far better off today if            Washington D.C. were filled with statues of heroes on donkeys, rather…