Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart (Page 2)

Sermons by Pastor Drew Hart (Page 2)

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…

Oct 1: The Story of God’s Generosity

  Other sermons in this series“Generosity: the Core of Creation” #1: The Story of God’s Generosity #2: Generosity as Discipleship #3: Make a Choice 18th Sunday after Pentecost: The Story of God’s Generosity (1/3) Scripture: portions of Genesis 1-4 Intro: The Bible is the story of God’s generosity. From Genesis to Revelation, God put his generous nature on full display. Every book of the Bible, each in its own way—some overt and some more subdued—reveals the generosity of the God…

April 23: What Truly Unites Us

  3rd Sunday of Easter: What Truly Unites Us Scripture: Romans 15:1-13 Our congregation is 189 years old. In 1834, a Methodist Episcopal Society was formed in this city with nineteen members. Six years later, in 1840, that church—our church—was incorporated. And four years later, in 1844, our first church building was built (pictured to the left). We quickly outgrew that building, so in 1856 we moved into our second building, which was good for about twenty years. In 1874,…

April 16: Our Holy Protector

  2nd Sunday of Easter: Our Holy Protector Scriptures: John 20:19-31; Acts 2:14, 22-32, 37-40; 1 Peter 1:3-9 Growing up, I remember hearing about the time my grandpa was flying across the country, and midway through his first leg of the journey, for reasons we’ll never know, he decided to take a different connecting flight than the one for which he was booked. Imagine his utter shock when later that day he learned that the plane he was originally supposed…