Aug 13, 2017
This Boat Was Meant To Sail
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August 13, 2017. Guest Pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches on the Gospel story, from Matthew 14, in which Peter gets out of the boat and walks on water to Jesus. "Come," says Jesus. "Don't be afraid. I am with you." We tend to believe today that Jesus keeps us safe and secure, from fear and all the challenges in ourselves and in the world around us. But we're all in this boat together, and Jesus is bidding us to get out and come, into those places of doubt and danger in our lives. *** [Keywords: 2017 Barb's mother Charlottesville, VA Christ Lutheran Church Christ's love God's children Gospel Greek I am with you I'm with you Jesus Christ is already there Jesus says come Jesus' hand was not there Lord's table Matthew 14 Peter had doubts Peter needed help Sunday morning This Boat Was Meant to Sail Tom Schoenherr accept addictions all my people all of your people all the challenges baptism be safe be the presence of God be there for one another be there to hold her began to understand blood transfusions brothers and sisters but they sink can't avoid them can't go backward care about care for one another children of God choice we've made come come together command me connected connects us with one another cultures dangerous waves deal with didn't know different colors different cultures difficult problems disappear under the water disease doctor's office don't be afraid don't need to be afraid doubting doubts and concerns end of her life even then everything is going to be okay extend your life face facing our Lord faith faith in Jesus fearful follow him followers of Christ forgive forgiving forward gathered here together gift of Holy Spirit go out into deep water going into troubled disturbed places going through good choice good news hard even to get here have to live with he is already there he says come headed healing help us hold onto that promise holding onto us hope in our lives if it is you illness in the waves in these waters in this world into the pain into the storms into the world invites us to come out of the boat involved in mission just a little bit keep us safe and secure keeps holding onto promise kindergarten knowing last months of her life laughter leave you in the water lifestyles lift them up lifted him up lifts him up listing to this side live in this world look at Jesus looking at Jesus loss of loved one love and life we miss deeply loved ones are lost made us his own means ship or boat midst of the storm miracle drugs nave never meant to be tied up to dock next thing to come no happy endings nose above the water not alone not easy answers not fun not pleasant nothing more we can do on the way ourselves out of the water place of danger place where we are gathered places in our lives pray questioning questions races reaches down really religions remember who we are sent sermon share my love sit still slide so alone so many fears standing in the boat starts to sink stay in the boat step out of boat stories storm storms in our lives stormy waters struggle with faith struggles tend to believe the Great I Am the Great Physician those days are past threatens times of need toward Jesus troubled world trust God's promise trusted trusting walk out with you walked into school walking across the water walking on top of waves walking on water water of baptism water of life way it used to be we doubt we feel distant we have doubts we need help we want to come out we're all in this boat together we're in the boat what about those times where are we going where is it sailing where we are going white supremacists work on them world around us]
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  • Aug 13, 2017This Boat Was Meant To Sail
    Aug 13, 2017
    This Boat Was Meant To Sail
    Series: (All)
    August 13, 2017. Guest Pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches on the Gospel story, from Matthew 14, in which Peter gets out of the boat and walks on water to Jesus. "Come," says Jesus. "Don't be afraid. I am with you." We tend to believe today that Jesus keeps us safe and secure, from fear and all the challenges in ourselves and in the world around us. But we're all in this boat together, and Jesus is bidding us to get out and come, into those places of doubt and danger in our lives. *** [Keywords: 2017 Barb's mother Charlottesville, VA Christ Lutheran Church Christ's love God's children Gospel Greek I am with you I'm with you Jesus Christ is already there Jesus says come Jesus' hand was not there Lord's table Matthew 14 Peter had doubts Peter needed help Sunday morning This Boat Was Meant to Sail Tom Schoenherr accept addictions all my people all of your people all the challenges baptism be safe be the presence of God be there for one another be there to hold her began to understand blood transfusions brothers and sisters but they sink can't avoid them can't go backward care about care for one another children of God choice we've made come come together command me connected connects us with one another cultures dangerous waves deal with didn't know different colors different cultures difficult problems disappear under the water disease doctor's office don't be afraid don't need to be afraid doubting doubts and concerns end of her life even then everything is going to be okay extend your life face facing our Lord faith faith in Jesus fearful follow him followers of Christ forgive forgiving forward gathered here together gift of Holy Spirit go out into deep water going into troubled disturbed places going through good choice good news hard even to get here have to live with he is already there he says come headed healing help us hold onto that promise holding onto us hope in our lives if it is you illness in the waves in these waters in this world into the pain into the storms into the world invites us to come out of the boat involved in mission just a little bit keep us safe and secure keeps holding onto promise kindergarten knowing last months of her life laughter leave you in the water lifestyles lift them up lifted him up lifts him up listing to this side live in this world look at Jesus looking at Jesus loss of loved one love and life we miss deeply loved ones are lost made us his own means ship or boat midst of the storm miracle drugs nave never meant to be tied up to dock next thing to come no happy endings nose above the water not alone not easy answers not fun not pleasant nothing more we can do on the way ourselves out of the water place of danger place where we are gathered places in our lives pray questioning questions races reaches down really religions remember who we are sent sermon share my love sit still slide so alone so many fears standing in the boat starts to sink stay in the boat step out of boat stories storm storms in our lives stormy waters struggle with faith struggles tend to believe the Great I Am the Great Physician those days are past threatens times of need toward Jesus troubled world trust God's promise trusted trusting walk out with you walked into school walking across the water walking on top of waves walking on water water of baptism water of life way it used to be we doubt we feel distant we have doubts we need help we want to come out we're all in this boat together we're in the boat what about those times where are we going where is it sailing where we are going white supremacists work on them world around us]
  • Jul 2, 2017Welcome
    Jul 2, 2017
    Welcome
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    July 2, 2017. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr shares with us today a poem he wrote to go along with the Gospel reading from Matthew 10:40. "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me." Sometimes we are not the ones welcoming, but we're the ones being welcomed. How does it feel to be welcomed? *** [Keywords: 2017 Gospel I'm not in charge Jesus Christ Matthew 10:40 Thomas Tom Schoenherr accept people as they are afflict all that keeps me bound in fear all the same to me at your table lord bear with me believe in someone stronger betrayals and regrets bleeding body and blood shed for me breakable breakableness breathe a new spirit in me brittle caress caverns of my mind and heart come to you Jesus comes alongside of us coming up the road community of love complex and complicated than my fears and doubts connect with it connected to Christ could it be cringe crushable cry to be known deep in my being dependence on you lord depending on others depths of my fears and pain difficult time disciples does not rhyme drawn into community draws us to the table embrace facebook page failures are many fear and prejudice fear of rejection fearful heart fears too extensive feel very vulnerable for all of us for all the world for each of us for whoever forgiving fragile frail getting at here give me hope again good enough for welcoming grudges heal me heal my broken life how does it feel is it you again knock know me learned let go let my vulnerability show letting others know like me locked doors locked room of fear long for connection love me made whole midst of being welcomed more than a name no one will know not berated or condemned not even God not so much welcoming not weak but strong oft too deep to be shared okay to feel vulnerable old Russian Orthodox monk out of control pain and death and new life painful peace poem prime minister promise is true promise of eternal life prostitute refreshing drink of cold water in the heat of the day reject me resting and trusting in the promise of God revealing my insides run to save yourself scares me secrets see through my outward confidence strength and smile segregated and apart send me out sermon set me free set the agenda shattered so delicate so many questions someone else is welcoming me speak to me stand at whoever's door stranger those who open their doors too apparent touch your wounds unlock the doors of my life very free verse wait waiting at the door walks through the door with us walls want to be in control ways that relate we are sent to do the same we're the ones being welcomed welcoming God the father welcoming Jesus welcoming others who I really am whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me whoever welcomes you welcomes me wondering]
  • Feb 19, 2017Nevertheless, He Persisted
    Feb 19, 2017
    Nevertheless, He Persisted
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    February 19, 2017. What is perfection? In Matthew 5:38-48 Jesus says we are to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect. But what does it mean to be perfect? Pastor Tom Schoenherr discusses this text, and suggests that we are to reach toward the goal of a life in deep and mature relationship with God. It's difficult for us to love those who have hurt us, but Jesus calls us to the struggle. He understands that we can't attain perfection but he calls us to persist. *** [Keywords: Bible Christ-like Janet Jan Roock Jesus July 31 LGBT deal with prejudice Maddy Roock Mark Roock Matthew 5:38-48 Pastor Tom Schoenherr Senator Elizabeth Warren Senator Mitch McConnell Sermon on the Mount abused all the way to the cross amputation as our heavenly Father is perfect at the table beyond our understanding bigger weapons boys and girls of God brokenness carers church combative coming alongside each of us compound fractures legs conflicts continue to move forward deeper relationship difficult doormats drawing us close to himself dreadfully imperfect easier take revenge emotional abuse empty tomb enemy of Christ eye for an eye feeding us flawless follower of Christ forgivers forgiving us give new life grief he persisted heal his own blood his own body holy hospital hurt impossible internal decapitation killed life in deep relationship with God life they have love your enemies lovers loving enemies mature maturity men and women of God mission mourn nevertheless she persisted new way to live and love in the world no matter our struggle outside Kingdom of Heaven pain people deal with racism perfection persisted persistence physical abuse prosthesis pursuing goal reach toward the goal reaching for a goal retribution sadness sexual abuse sisters struggle in persisting terrible accident therapy they persisted took great abuse in his own life took lives tooth for a tooth troubled vengeance was given an explanation was told was warned we are to be perfect we're not alone without sin woman reached out touched Jesus' robe woman spent time to find lost coin woman walked into temple gave everything she had woman wet Jesus' feet with her tears, dried with hair women who deal with sexism]
  • Aug 14, 2016Keep Running the Race
    Aug 14, 2016
    Keep Running the Race
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    August 14, 2016. Have you ever given up on God? Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches today, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, on Hebrews 12:1-2 about running the race marked out for us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. But in the Greek, the word for race also means struggle. Sometimes when bad things happen to us or to our loved ones, we find it difficult to stay in the race, to keep struggling in the faith. We find it hard to keep believing. Why do bad things happen to good people? When they do, turning away from God may seem easier. But then we're struggling alone. We need to know that God doesn't cause bad things to happen. But he is there for us in moments of despair, he weeps with us, and he sends wonderful people to help us, so that we can keep running the race. *** [Keywords: abby abigail accident agony agóna alone battle believe believing cloud crash david despair faith fate grandchildren greek grieving healing hebrews 12:1-2 intervene janet jenny maddy mark maya olympics perfecter pioneer pray prayer prevent protection race recklessness rio roock running schoenherr struggle suffering swimming thoughtlessness tom tragedy travel weep witnesses]
  • May 1, 2016Promise of Peace
    May 1, 2016
    Promise of Peace
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    May 1, 2016. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches on Jesus' words from John 14:27: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (RSV) Where does peace come from? Sometimes we find peace, but it doesn't last. Sometimes it seems that our prayers are not heard, that Jesus has left the room and we're on our own. Or is it that we don't really believe promises that may be difficult to receive? *** [Keywords: 286 years of peace 3600 BC 8000 treaties signed God isn't listening God's people Gospel Holy Spirit Jesus has left the room Jesus is troubled John 14:27 Tom Schoenherr against women anxious better story body and blood bread and wine care for others in world choking back emotion comes from Christ comes from outside of us consecrated Lord's Supper continued violence continues crucifixion cry out into emptiness deeper difficult to receive disappointed disturbed does not end does not last doesn't seem to be responding draw us to table economically empowers end of conflicts end of war feel passed by force forgiveness future given to us from Christ guarantee peace guest pastor gun violence hope within us illnesses in our lifetime inviting us into that peace left the house left to ourselves let not your hearts be troubled life lives in us lost loved ones love one another as I have loved you miss dearly my peace I give to you neither let them be afraid new commandment no peace not as the world gives do I give to you not lasting on our own orphaned over 5600 years pain peacemaking peave I leave with you people of peace and hope in a broken world person of peace power prayers go out into air preparing disciples presidential politics primary season promise of peace put into our hearts and minds questioning racially rapidly changing world really don't believe Jesus' promise receive from someone else receive that confidence recorded history renews our lives resurrection return to Father sends us out sense of calm in midst of storm sense of well being separated and divided shared that presence sharer of that peace society sound of silence spiritually stirred up strengthened struggling sure Jesus easy for you to say too high expectations unsettled upper room very sad vision washed their feet we are sent welcomes us to table welling up with tears wondering about the world]
  • Jan 17, 2016Sharing the Abundance
    Jan 17, 2016
    Sharing the Abundance
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    January 17, 2016. Guest pastor Tom Schoenherr preaches on the story of the wedding at Cana from the Gospel of John, in which Jesus turns water into wine when the wine gives out, to how we too can share God's abundance with others when health, faith, or trust in God give out.
  • Sep 6, 2015Dayenu
    Sep 6, 2015
    Dayenu
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    Tom Schoenherr, September 6, 2015