Second on the Mount
“Peace be with you.”

“Peace be with you.”

April 20, 2020

“Peace be with you.” – John 20:19-31

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from April 19, 2020. "Jesus appears to Thomas in a body that is scarred and wounded. A body that openly bears its traumatic history. A body that refuses to hide its suffering, its sorrow, its brokenness. ...This is really Jesus. Jesus from Friday on the cross. Jesus who felt pain. Jesus who said, 'I am with you,' and meant it. 'I am with you where it hurts. I am with you where you are.'"

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/peace-be-with-you/ 

Pray Then in This Way Part VII: For Thine Is the Kingdom

Pray Then in This Way Part VII: For Thine Is the Kingdom

April 14, 2020

"For Thine Is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory Forever" – Mark 16:1-8
Part VII of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. "The risen Jesus is out in the world and can be found wherever there is commitment to each other in a time of separation, there is an affirmation of life in the face of death, of love in the face of hate, and hope for the future within an anxious present."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-for-thine-is-the-kingdom/ 

Pray Then in This Way Part VI: Deliver Us from Evil

Pray Then in This Way Part VI: Deliver Us from Evil

April 6, 2020

"Deliver Us from Evil" – Mark 14:32-42
Part VI of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. "Evil is real, but Jesus is with us. And his presence with us in our suffering will become our strength. And over time strength becomes courage. And courage becomes hope. And hope does not disappoint. Easter morning is still coming."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-deliver-us-from-evil/

Pray Then in This Way Part V: Forgive Us Our Sins

Pray Then in This Way Part V: Forgive Us Our Sins

March 31, 2020

"Forgive Us Our Sins" – Matthew 6:14-15
Part V of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from March 29, 2020. "IF I could soften what Jesus says just a bit but without losing its meaning, I suggest that Jesus is saying, 'Forgive others as a way to live into God’s forgiveness. For unless you learn to do that, you have no idea what God’s forgiveness really means.'"

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-forgive-us-our-sins/ 

Pray Then in This Way Part IV: Our Daily Bread

Pray Then in This Way Part IV: Our Daily Bread

March 23, 2020

"Our Daily Bread" – Exodus 16:13-15, Matthew 6:9-11
Part IV of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from March 22, 2020. "...I know that what I have today, is enough. Even though we are apart, even though we miss the ordinary pleasures of life, it will be okay again. Tomorrow, there will be some new manna–ordinary or not–fresh on the ground. Somehow, God will provide. I believe it."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-our-daily-bread/

Pray Then in This Way Part III: Thy Kingdom Come

Pray Then in This Way Part III: Thy Kingdom Come

March 16, 2020

"Thy Kingdom Come" – Isaiah 52:7, Matthew 4:17, 9:35-38
Part III of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon and benediction by Dr. George C. Anderson from March 15, 2020 (with pastoral prayer by Rachel Thompson). "Let’s remember that there is no heaven without others. God wants a beautiful place where the pearls are justice, gold is reconciliation and neighborhoods are places not of isolation but of reconciled harmony. If you want those treasures, pray for them… and then be a part of heaven coming to earth by remaining connected to each other even during this time of physical separation."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-thy-kingdom-come/ 

Pray Then in This Way Part II: Hallowed Be Thy Name

Pray Then in This Way Part II: Hallowed Be Thy Name

March 9, 2020

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" – Matthew 15:1-11, Matthew 6:9
Part II of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from March 8, 2020. "I think Jesus is saying that if you want to do your part to make God’s name holy, you can’t just say things that sound holy, you can’t even just do things that look holy. If your holy words and your holy actions look good on the surface but don’t at their heart promote peace, justice and the welfare of your neighbors, then what have you done really for God’s name? How have you helped the world see God?"

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-hallowed-be-thy-name/

Pray Then in This Way Part I: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

Pray Then in This Way Part I: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

March 2, 2020

"Our Father, Who Art in Heaven" – Isaiah 55:8-11, Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
Part I of the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from March 1, 2020. "It is for healing and reconciling that the Lord’s Prayer most needs to be a prayer of the community praying for the world. We really need the God who is in heaven to come near to us to heal the divides among us."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-our-father-who-art-in-heaven/ 

Pray Then in This Way Introduction: “Whenever you pray…”

Pray Then in This Way Introduction: “Whenever you pray…”

February 25, 2020

“Whenever you pray...” – Matthew 6:1-18
Introduction to the Lenten sermon series, "Pray Then In This Way."

Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from February 23, 2020. This Lent, we are exploring the depth and meaning of the Lord's Prayer. "I invite you to join us in making space in your life these forty days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday to savor this ancient prayer. Read it. Recite it. Pray it. And be so bold as to mean it, each and every word."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/pray-then-in-this-way-whenever-you-pray/

 

Maturity

Maturity

February 18, 2020

“Maturity” – Deuteronomy 30:15-20, I Corinthians 3:1-9

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from February 16, 2020, with special introduction and post-sermon interview. "Neither Moses nor Jesus want us always to jump so quickly to our own personal Assurance of Pardon and the affirmation that 'All will be well.' Their love for their people doesn't keep them from making clear that good and evil have consequences."

Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/maturity/