Unwound: Through Trials & Temptations (March 10th, 2019)

Let’s be honest. We can resist anything, except temptation. We aren’t able to escape it. Martin Luther’s way of describing this reality is that we are “curved in on ourselves.” But there is good news. What we can’t do (beat temptation), Jesus has done for us. Our Lenten theme this year is “Unwound,” and today’s reading from Luke 4:1-13 gives us a guide for how Jesus can use our times of trial to “unwind” our hearts, curving our souls outward in faith towards God and in love towards others. There is a way to get untangled from ourselves. It is the way of Christ. Follow him, and find your spirit opened up in faith, love, and peace.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find (March 6th, 2019)

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Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season of repentance and renewal. Reformation’s Lenten theme, “Unwound,” is introduced in this sermon from Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. What if, in our pursuit of goodness, we end up still caught up in ourselves? Between Jesus, Martin Luther, and Flannery O’Connor, we find the ways that Jesus can set us free from our self-preoccupation and give us a life that is open to love and joy.

A Shining Light (March 3rd, 2019)

On this last Sunday before Lent begins, we travel to the mountaintop with Jesus and some of his disciples for the Transfiguration of Our Lord. In the gospel reading from Luke 9:28-36, Jesus shines with a dazzling light. God speaks from a cloud, declaring that this is his Chosen Son. Even as we long for God to speak to us and give us direction for our lives, the Transfiguration encourages us to find hope in Jesus and to step into his light. In this sermon, Pastor Paige gives examples of how every day, we have the opportunity to turn toward Jesus, to walk in faith, and to let his light shine through us.