Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart

Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart

January 29: A Life of Worship and a Life of Hospitality

  A Life of Worship and a Life of Hospitality (2/4) Scriptures: Matthew 4:18-22 and Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 Other sermons in this series #1: The Three Committments of a Disciple #3: A life of Opening to Jesus & Obeying Jesus #4: A Life of Service & Generosity Through the years, different films have set out to present the story of Jesus. These films include: Of course, for the stage there were Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. A more recent adaptation…

January 15: Our Side of Baptism

  Our Side of Baptism (2/2) Note: this video also includes the Wesley Covenant Renewal portion of the worship service. This link to the hardcopy of this service is also the bottom of the page. Scripture: Psalm 50 and John 15:1-8 Other sermons in this series #1: God’s Side of Baptism You might have heard that the someone in Maine has the winning ticket for Friday’s $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing. But he or she is not yet a…

January 8: God’s Side of Baptism

  God’s Side of Baptism (1/2) Scripture: Matthew 3:13-27 Other sermons in this series #2: Our Side of Baptism Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to be baptized, especially considering the purpose of John’s baptisms? Today’s reading picks up in the middle of explaining the ministry of John the Baptist. The Gospel writers gave him the moniker “John the Baptist” because the focus of his ministry was baptizing people. (It also differentiated him from Jesus’ disciple named John.) John’s…

December 18: We See God in Each Other

  Scripture: Luke 1:39-55 Back in 2006, after Caroline and I decided I would begin a leave of absence the following July, we started to do some house-hunting. One townhouse-style condominium we looked at was exactly what we were looking for. After submitting a bid, the realtor informed us that the homeowners had gone with another buyer. Knowing that we liked those particular units, the realtor knew of one that wasn’t on the market yet but would be very soon.…

Nov 27: There’s Room for Every Story

  Scripture: Matthew 1:1-11 Other sermons in this series God Meets Us in Our Fear A Joyful Noel We See God in Each other Genealogical research is a huge business these days. According to one website I looked at, in 2019, people spent about $460 million researching their family histories. MyHeritage, a genealogical site, has recorded about 80 million members performing ancestral testing every month. And that’s only one company among many which offer a similar service. No doubt, many…

Nov 20: God’s Faithfulness: the Root of Our Thanks-Giving

  Church Calendar: Thanksgiving Sunday Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 One of the TV shows I’ve enjoyed is “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates.” Gates, a Harvard scholar, journalist, and filmmaker, has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people who come from a very diverse background. During the show, he takes each person on a trip back in time and reveals their family history. Even when the person knows some of their family history, there’s always something that’s revealed to…

Nov 13: Trusting God While Saying “Goodbye”

  This sermon was delivered on the final Sunday that Elisabeth Danielsons, our Director of Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministrties, was with us before moving to Missouri. Scriptures: Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 37:23-24; Acts 20:17-24, 32, 36-38 Yesterday we bid our final goodbyes to the oldest member of our church, Donna Rock. A week ago Saturday, she passed away at the age of 103. Hers was a well-lived life. Donna will be missed by many as evidenced by the large number…

Nov 6: God’s Gift to Every Saint

  Church Calendar: All Saints Sunday Scripture: Ephesians 1:9-23 By now, some of you might have caught on that I like to talk about discipleship and putting our faith into action. Concerning putting our faith into action, James 2:17 is quite clear that faith which isn’t accompanied by action – serving others, giving of ourselves, etc. – is a dead faith. And a dead faith is a good-for-nothing faith! So, it’s true that through the years I’ve spent a lot…

Oct 30: It Takes a Village

  This sermon was delivered on our Consecration Sunday, when church members turned in their estimate of giving cards indicating their financial support for 2023. Scriptures: John 6:1-14 & Galtians 6:2 In 2007, researchers at The University of California-San Diego did a study on generosity. They called it “The Sharing Game.” Participants in this study didn’t have to do anything other than make a choice between two hypothetical options. Option #1: you could receive $7. Option #2: you could receive…