Pastor Museus Dabay's Sermons
November 3, 2019 (All Saints Sunday) + The Light in the Darkness
Readings: Jesus proclaims surprising blessings and woes and challenges us to live differently; in Ephesians, we are reminded of God's power in our lives.
"It’s like Jesus is telling us that even in those times when we feel there is no goodness to be seen, no kindness to be felt, no peace to be had in this world, God is still there. Even then."
October 20, 2019 (19th Sunday after Pentecost) + Embodying Our Prayers (Pastor Karen Boda)
Readings: Jacob wrestles with a mysterious man; Jesus tells a parable about a widow who won over a corrupt judge with her persistence.
"...our constant prayers are our participation in the coming kingdom of God. By praying continually, by wrestling, by demonstrating, we are trusting in God, not in ourselves. We are embodying the confidence that God has not abandoned this world. That God is with us."
October 13, 2019 (18th Sunday after Pentecost) + The Power of Thankfulness
Reading: Jesus heals 10 people with leprosy; only one comes back to say thank you.
"Practicing thankfulness has the power to transform us: to help us to feel more positive by really noticing the good things in our lives; to brighten our relationships as we appreciate the people in our lives; to help grow our faith as we realize our dependence on our good God; to empower us to do good in this often dark world."
October 6, 2019 (17th Sunday after Pentecost) + Whatever You Have (It's Enough)
Reading: Jesus's disciples ask him for more faith; Jesus tells them that even faith the size of a tiny seed is enough to do big things.
"If we take in God’s love for us, God can use even the smallest, most ordinary moments of our lives to make God’s love and purpose known in this world."
September 29, 2019 (16th Sunday after Pentecost) + Open to God
Reading: Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who ignores the poor man at his gate and what happens to each of them when they die.
"Openness is a way of life, a way of living in relationship with God that also opens up our relationships with others. My prayer for all of us is that we will dedicate this week to focusing on being more open to God and others."
September 22, 2019 (15th Sunday after Pentecost) + Change is Possible.
Reading: Jesus tells a parable about how a manger uses his position to protect himself...and upholds his example?
“Do some good, you dishonest people, even it if means you have to take a loss to finally get on the right track.”
September 15, 2019 (14th Sunday after Pentecost) + God Connects
Reading: Some religious leaders criticize Jesus for hanging out with sinners; Jesus defends his actions with parables about God's joy in us.
"Humans are often in the business of isolation, but God is in the business of re-connection."
September 8, 2019 (13th Sunday after Pentecost) + The Cost of Following Jesus
Reading: Jesus tells the crowd following him to really think about what following him could cost them.
"In today’s gospel reading Jesus talks about the cost of following him. It got me wondering: do we sometimes underestimate the cost of being a Christian?"
September 1, 2019 (12th Sunday after Pentecost) + The Power of an Invitation
Readings: Jesus tells his host to invite the people who don't usually get invited; Hebrews tells us that when we show hospitality to strangers, we may be "entertaining angels."
"When we show hospitality to others, especially those most in need of it, we are behaving like Christ for them; but also, when we show this radical hospitality, Christ promises to appear to us in them."
August 25, 2019 (11th Sunday after Pentecost) + Getting to the Heart of God's Law
Reading: Jesus gets in trouble for healing a woman on the sabbath.
"Jesus put God’s love for people at the center of his understanding of the law, and believed that God’s love calls us to love one another, too."
August 11, 2019 (9th Sunday after Pentecost) + God, in the Midst of Violence
Reading: Jesus tells his disciples to have no fear, then calls on them to be ready for God's action.
"Remember: Jesus also lived in a time of great violence...His words 'Do not be afraid' are not a pie-in-the-sky kind of encouragement; they are not given to those who live in safety and security; but he offers assurance to people who every day faced violence and persecution and hardship."