Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart

Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart

Feb 18: Trust While Tossed

  Feburary 18 – First Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed (this sermon) #2: I Will Raise it Up #3: Loving the Light #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 A lot of people use the daily devotional Jesus Calling. Each devotion is written using the voice of Jesus, as if it’s Jesus speaking the words on the page to the reader. One of…

Feb 11: The Light is Still Breaking Through

  February 11: Transfiguration Sunday Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9 Many of you are probably familiar with the story of the Apostle Paul’s conversion, often referred to as his Damascus Road Experience. You can read about it in Acts 9. Here’s the story in a nutshell. As he and some traveling companions are nearing the city of Damascus for the purpose of rounding up and imprisoning as many Christ-followers as they can find, he’s blinded by a bright…

Feb 4: What Is My Ministry?

  February 4: 5th Sunday after Epiphany Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 and Mark 1:29-39 Over the course of life, each of us has far more experiences than we could possibly remember. They probably number in the millions if you include the most mundane experiences, such as washing your hands or turning on the television. Some of them we do so often or are so common that we don’t even realize they’re happening. But there are other occurrences that stick with…

January 21: The Hilly Road Leads to Life

  January 21 – Wesley Covenant Renewal Service Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 Go to: Wesley Covenant Renewal Service (written liturgy) [17:00 minute mark in the above video] Have you ever heard the philosophical query, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is one bite at a time. One online source attributes this question to Desmond Tutu, who famously asked this question when talking about how one goes about facing large challenges. An elephant, obviously a large animal, is eaten one…

Jan 14: Those With Ears to Hear

  Jan 14: Human Relations Sunday Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (also 1 Samual 3:11-20) Who is this fury fellow? It’s Puxatony Phil, the star player of the holiday Groundhog Day. It’s he who lets us know if there’ll be six more week of winter or if spring is just around the corner. If he comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, it’s six more weeks of winter. But it’ll be an early spring if he doesn’t see his…

Jan 7: “Are We There Yet?”

  January 7 – Baptism of the Lord Sunday Scriptures: Mark 1:4-11; Acts 19:1-10 Growing up, our family drove to Florida at least once a year to visit my Grandpa and Grandma Wilson. The first day of driving wasn’t so bad. For one thing, we had adrenalin working for us. But mostly, during that first day, we always seemed to be flying as we made it through four states—Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee—and then stopping in a fifth, Georgia. Ticking…

Dec 3: Our Shocking Hope

  December 3: First Sunday of Advent Scriptures: Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37 1 to 10, how well is your life unfolding these days, that is, in regard to your plans for your life? If the quality of your life experience is at a nine or ten and pretty much everything happening as you planned and designed, then praise God! Absolutely! You’ve got a lot to be thankful for in this regard. So, be sure to express your gratitude for a…

Nov 19: The Church Still Matters

25th Sunday after Pentecost: The Church Still Matters Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23 What we often perceive to be the case isn’t always the case. For example, the image to the left is a bird’s eye view of the backyard of the parsonage in Adrian, where we lived for six years.  From the picture, the backyard looks to be the typical flat lawn. But in reality, it significantly slopes downwardly toward the rear-left corner of the yard. In fact, the slope is…

Nov. 12: Dead, But Not Dead

24th Sunday After Pentecost: “Dead, But Not Dead” Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 I know I’ve shared with you before that on the occasions Caroline is gone for a couple of days, I tend to put off the cleaning up the kitchen until shortly before she’s due home. While doing this clean up, I’ve sometimes asked myself, What if she comes home early? It’s not as though she’d be upset with me; that’s not the issue. It’s more about how I’d…

Oct 8: Generosity as Discipleship

  19th Sunday after Pentecost: Generosity as Discipleship (2/3) Other sermons in this series“Generosity: the Core of Creation” #1: The Story of God’s Generosity #2: Generosity as Discipleship (this sermon) #3: Make a Choice Scripture: Luke 5:15-20 I’d like to begin by acknowledging the fact that you are present in worship today because you don’t need convincing to be generous. My guess is that there are quite a few among us who suspect that the purpose of the annual stewardship…