Sermons from April 2017

Matthew 20:20-28; 26:36-46 -- James, the Ambitious... Drinks the Cup

Rev. Richard Bodini - April 2, 2017

John’s older brother James isn’t well known. But he plays an important part in the early church… as we will see. In our text this morning, James’ mom is the one asking an ambitious question. One wonders why ask this question. James’ life is a guide from Jesus on how to express our faithfulness to Christ’s calling.


Matthew 4:18-22, 16:13-28, 26:69-75 -- Peter's (Our) Story... Jesus' Overwhelming Forgiveness

Rev. Richard Bodini - April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday… recalls the triumphal entry of King Jesus. How quickly it turns from excitement and celebration to ridicule and curses, to fighting and beatings. Finally to an arrest and crucifixion. For this, was Jesus born. Palm Sunday is the entrance into what is called Holy Week. This is an important liturgical week in the Christian calendar. Because without Christ’s death and resurrection, we would have nothing to look forward to. This morning we remember and celebrate Jesus our King. Today we catch a glimpse into Peter’s life. His troubled, joyful, frustrating, blessed life. Rock. Cracked. Remade. Denial. Forgiven. This is Peter’s story of God’s faithfulness to him and to us.


John 20:19-29 -- Thomas Sees... We Have to Trust and Believe

Rev. Richard Bodini - April 16, 2017

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! All the hopes and expectations of sin, death, and eternal life for Christians are realized in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is one of the most celebrative days of the church year. We celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death, over the grave and Satan. Celebration includes song and prayer, joy and brightness. The cloth on the cross is white to symbolize our sins forgiven, the folded burial clothes left behind by Jesus, and the brilliance of the risen Christ.


Acts 3 -- The Healing Gift of Faith

Rev. Richard Bodini - April 23, 2017

Jesus has ascended to heaven. He sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Who are tasked with leading the church, the gathering of Christ followers. Given the power to heal, they do it which causes great astonishment. Peter and John rightly point to God as the source for this healing. The physical restoration miracle of this story is a picture of the spiritual salvation that is offered to us in Jesus.


GEMS Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Ephesians 4-5 -- Love Overflows

Rev. Steve Frieswick - April 30, 2017

The theme of love as water is central to the teaching of Jesus.  We can only overflow as His love flows into us.