Good News Weekly


  • The Story of Jacob wrestling with God near the River Jabbok is a reminder that "faith is wrestling with God, wrestling with our images of God, wrestling with our uncertainties about God, without letting go before we gain some insight, a blessing if you will, that enables us to continue our journey, perhaps limping a bit, but continuing on nonetheless" - Richard Geoffrey Leggett

  • In the heat of the day, the Holy One appeared at the tent of Abraham and Sarah, and received the hospitality due a desert traveler. That day, they heard a promise: that even their old age, they would have a child. And although that seemed to them a ridiculous proposition, so it came to be. The child born was named Isaac, which means "laughter"

  • In the second of the Creation stories we find in the Bible, we are told about the time before names, when the earth was yet young, and fertile. A time when humanity was represented by just one person in a garden, and we had not yet determined what to do with this generous gift of a world. 

  • To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor.  That mercy found its most profound expression in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  That gospel mercy comes to us again today in the words of forgiveness, in the presence of the living Christ in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, and through the priesthood of all believers.  As we have so lavishly receive mercy… we are called daily to “go and do likewise". 

     

  • "Do you understand what I have done for you? This is the question that God asks each of us who want to walk the Jesus-way. Its a revolutionary question because we no not seem to have grasped its revolutionary significance. Jesus example of foot washing seems to sharply contradict the way our society is organized. So we must ask ourselves....are we willing to put aside our concerns, our worry, our hangups, and allow this question God asks, to truly engage us?"

     

  • Simon only sees what sort of women she is. Jesus does not see a sort of women; he sees this women. The question Jesus asks - "Do you see this women?"- Challenges those around him to see her as well. "May we all see as Jesus does."

  • August 4th, 2019 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


  • We are constantly looking for something.. something that will make us happier, give out lives more meaning.. the same was true for Andrew and the unnamed disciple who left John and began to following Jesus. They were obviously searching for something that was missing in there lives. Jesus asked them what they were looking for.. he asks us the same. 

  • Elijah has defeated the prophets of Baal through the power of the Lord. Now, feeling from Queen Jezebel, Elijah comes to Mount Horeb (another name for Sinai). God appears to him there not in power but in "a sounds of sheer silence" and reassures him that he is not alone, and that he is not a failure, and that he still has a purpose. 

  • Just as God gave Jacob a new name; Isreal - so God has given each of us a new name in the waters of Baptism. We are children of God, we are beloved. This is our true name, our deepest identity, our Divine calling. 

  • June 30th, 2019 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

    Have you ever wondered how something came to be? For example, an ability or gift that you have, or a skill set that brings about a sense of joy? How about those things you aren't as "skilled" at. It seems the better we are at something, the more confident we feel. But what if God has equipped us to do the very thing we are most afraid of, or nervous about....

  • June 23rd, 2019 - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

    What is our responsibility towards each other?  Should we mind our own business, not care about what takes place around us and let everyone be accountable for their own lives?  Or do we have a God-given responsibility toward ensuring the well-being of our loved ones, friends, our neighbors and our enemies, and even of our world?

     

     

  • Our summer preaching series is entitled: “Questions God Asks Us” based on a book by the same title by Trevor Hudson.  We may think that the Bible is just a book of answers to life’s questions, but in reality, the Bible (primarily God) poses a number of questions that draw us into relationship, that allow us to wrestle and grow, and in the process be transformed much more than if we simply were provided a straightforward answer.   Today’s question: “Where Are You?” comes from Genesis 3.   It’s a question that causes us to realize just how much God longs to be in relationship with us, how much God loves us, and the lengths to which God will go to find and restore us.

     

     

  • Jesus may no longer walk the earth alongside his followers, but by no means is he absent. The disciples are about to get blown away by a new and powerful presence. 

  • Sin, consequences, forgiveness, and grace. For Paul, it's a life and death matter.

  • Paul gets to the heart of the matter with the church in Rome. The core of faith is this: we are saved by God, not because of anything we have or haven’t done, but simply because God has chosen to save us

  • Paul is a busy man. His missionary travels take him all throughout

    the Gentile world. And yet, in the midst of it all, he still finds time to write the odd letter or two of encouragement. Fortunately for us all.


     

  • Ministering in completely foreign lands poses some unpredictable challenges for Paul and his partners for one, a powerful witness of healing might get one confused with God.

  • Today's Cantata - Come, Follow Me! Is a compelling, eclectic composition that depicts the calling of the Twelve Disciples, their relationship to Jesus in the final days prior to the crucifixion, and their joy in the Resurrection.

  • Jesus is risen! He stands right before his followers who have gathered to meet him and rejoice. And despite all of this, some of them still doubt. 

  • Two Marys. One Tomb. No body. All the ingredients for a resurrection miracle, and the beginning of the greatest evangelism mission ever. 

  • Jesus is beginning to sound a bit like a broken record with his repeatedly turning the social order upside down. What makes one great in the kingdom of God? Serving the least of these. 

  • Jesus continues showing his illustrations of God's kingdom. This time, it's foolish vs. wise bridesmaids. Will you be prepared when the critical moment arrives, or will you let it slip away?

  • Jesus seems bent on stirring up his listeners with each subversive parable. When God invites you to a banquet, there is only one response, and only one dress code: celebration!

  • We hear a simple tale about a just employer paying hones wages to his workers. How could such a thing cause such outrage? One might ask the same of God's kingdom. 

  • We owe God a considerable debt, yet all has been forgiven us. How much more ought we to pardon our brothers and sisters for their relatively minor sins against us?

  • Crowds throng in ever increasing numbers to see, hear and experience the great teacher/healer. But Jesus resists the impulse to keep the spotlight on himself. If anyone would follow him, they must learn the strength of their own faith, love, and generosity. 

  • Jesus' parables seem to leave many confused. But today's message is clear: God's kingdom is our greatest treasure, and it is this we should be seeking rather than the justification of our own views.

  • It's becoming ever clearer that this Jesus is no ordinary teacher. He says things other would never dare to say. And when he talks, people listen. 

  • Crowds gather in increasing number to hear the great teacher's words. But they may find themselves surprised by his reversal of the expected world order.

  • Crowds gather in increasing number to hear the great teacher's words. But they may find themselves surprised by his reversal of the expected world order. 

  • At the height of hunger and isolation, Jesus keenly feels the stab of temptation in the wilderness. Will he cave into his primal needs and desires, or stay true to his identity and muster the strength to resist?

  • John preaches a message of repentance and baptizes all with passion. But when his cousin Jesus requests to be baptized, John wonders if God could possibly approve such a thing. Perhaps an affirmation from heaven will reassure him. 

  • Joseph's life is going just according to plan. He's made a fine engagement to a girl from a good family. But she's got some surprising news for her husband-to-be. How is an honorable man supposed to respond?

  • A rising star leads scholars to a growing child who is to become the king and messiah to deliver his weary people. But in Herod's jealous heart, there is room for only one king in the land. 

  • The Hebrew people placed great importance on one's descent. Jesus' lineage can be traced (through his father Joseph) all the way back to King David, fulfilling an ancient promise.

  • Isaiah's people are exiled and understandably discouraged. But the prophet can see beyond their present trials, to a future where they will be led with wisdom and justice.

  • Queen Esther is in a powerful position within the royal palace, and her uncle Mordecai is counting on her influence. But revealing her own secret could put her at risk of losing everything.

  • Habakkuk cannot bear the injustice he sees in the world, with seemingly no relief in sight. Where is God when one needs a swift and almighty solution? We might well ask the same.

  • Jeremiah has been entrusted with a monumental prophetic task. But, alas, how could one so young and inexperienced possibly fulfill such a role? If only such excuses worked with God...

  • Israel now faces defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army. King Hezekia is in a panic.  But Isaiah has the long vision. 

  • From where will Israel's ultimate ruler come? Micah puts his odds on the obscure little clan of Bethlehem. The Lord really does seem to love a humble heart. 

  • Naaman has pinned a great deal of hope on Elisha's ability to heal his leprosy.  But how will this great and favored commander respond when, after such a long journey, the prophet tells him to simply take a dip in the river? 

  • Solomon dreams that he has asked God for wisdom.  Upon waking, however, he encounters a dilemma which tests the limits of that dream with some very real consequences.

  • King David thinks of himself as a good person.  So what if he slips up now and then: an illicit affair here, an unjust murder there?  No one will know, right?  No one but God, that is. 

  • The Israelite's have now, at long last, arrived and settled in the land which had been promised to their wandering ancestors.  It was God who brought  them through it all and delivered on the divine side of the covenant.  Now it's the people's turn to choose where their loyalties lie.

  • Moses has successfully and safely led the Israelite's out of slavery into the wilderness. How would they live in their newly gained freedom?  Never fear, God is about to lay down the law.  And that's not a bad thing.

  • The enslaved Israelites made it out of Egypt under Moses' leadership.  So far, so good.  But now, the Egyptian army advances ever nearer.  How long will faith in their leader endure?  Perhaps the better question is, who is really in charge here?


  • Joseph's unfortunate rejection by his brothers has eventually landed him in great favor with this Egyptian master...and his master's wife.  Being framed for an uncommitted crime lands him in prison, but he is soon to find a place of favor there as well.  Either Joseph is the unluckiest of men, or he is perpetually blessed by a God who continues to send fortune his way. 

  • Abram spends his golden years—the time when most are relaxing and looking back on their lives—to follow God’s leading on a long and uncertain journey.  He risks everything  on the promise that the best is yet to come.

  • Today we as the St. John's faith community gather for ONE service to celebrate our unity, our oneness in Christ!

  • Pastor Berger speaking about Food For The Poor

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Body"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Delegator" 

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Lover"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Sovereign"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Savior"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Home Wrecker"

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Preacher."

  • Today we look at Jesus the "Party Person."

  • Today we continue our summer preaching series "Why Jesus?" based on a book by the same title by William Willimon. Over the next 11 weeks we will focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospels, asking the question: "Why does the mysterious teacher from Nazareth still call and compel us to follow him after 2,000 years?"

  • Today we begin our summer preaching series "Why Jesus?" 

    based on a book with the same title by William

  • The Spirit's descent upon the newly formed church is so powerful that specters can only assume these multi-lingual proclamations are the effect of too much wine. But as it's only nine in the morning, it might be worth seeking another explanation. 

  • The Spirit's descent upon the newly formed church is so powerful that spectators can only assume these multi-lingual proclamations are the effect of too much wine.  But as it's only nine in the morning, it might be worth seeking another explanation. 

  • Imprisonment isn't excuse enough for Paul to cease in his efforts to spread the Gospel  Leave it to Jesus'biggest cheerleader to make us of unfortunate situation for the glory of of God.

  • Paul now enters a curious and unique place on his ministry journey; the diverse and inclusive city of Athens.  Among all the varied philosophies and views presented, is there an audience for the gospel of Jesus?

  • When you are fully immersed in the revolutionary work of Gospel proclamation, you should be prepared to make some enemies.  But Paul and Silas have God on their side - and an entire prison is about to get rocked.

  • Cantata - "That We May Have Life" 

  • Jesus is risen.  The spreading of the good news of the risen Christ depended wholly on one thing - witnesses.  Most of the story following Jesus' resurrection in the gospel of John is about the witnesses and what they saw and heard.  Mary was sent to proclaim that "she" had seen the Lord; the disciples told Thomas that "they" had seen the Lord, and yet Thomas was hesitant...he wanted what the rest had all received.  And he got it...a week later...and it turned Thomas into the greatest witness of all:  "My Lord and my God!" Now, it's our turn!

  • Disbelief at finding Jesus' body missing from his tomb soon becomes unbelievable joy at his having been raised.  They should've known their teacher wouldn't stay put for long.

  • Pilate has the unenviable tasks of deciding the fate of an accused Jewish blasphemer.  The religious issues are of no consequence to this Roman official, but sending an innocent man to death might agitate his conscience for a while.

  • Every encounter with Jesus is unforgettable, and Pilate's is no exception.  However, his questions are not those of an inquiring disciple, but of one who holds authority over Jesus' very life.

  • It's a dark night for Jesus - taken by force, and now required to defend himself to the authorities.  If there's one thing he could use, it's the support of his closest followers.  But at a time when all are about to be tested, even that might be to much to ask.

  • Jesus has been their teacher, their leader and Lord for years, and now they share on final evening together.  How will he bid them farewell? If you were expecting one last miracle or show of power, think again. 

  • One of Jesus' closet friends is dying, but he lets two days pass before taking any action.  Is he too busy, or too famous to bother?  Or is something greater at work? 

  • This man Jesus has some nerve: claiming authority to heal a blind man,  and on the Sabbath, no less!  The Pharisees won't see past their own legalistic view and behold the true miracle.  Who, now is the one truly blind.