With Open Hearts

A Series in the Gospel of Luke
January ~ April 2022

The Gospel of Luke gathers a varied cast of characters around the person of Jesus, as he shares good news to the poor, release to captives, and freedom to the oppressed. From small villages to centers of power, Jesus heals and teaches, and in the process, he reveals to us the dream of God in and for the world. The young pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, wrote, “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ…Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a person must knock…Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.” The Gospel of Luke shows us the path of discipleship, of following Jesus in the world today.

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April 24, 2022

“A Meeting of Hearts”

Second Sunday of Easter

Pastor Sam preaching

Two disciples meet a stranger on the road.

April 17, 2022
Easter Sunday

“Entering the Garden”

Pastor Sam preaching

Mary enters the garden and finds her expectations redrawn.

April 15, 2022

Good Friday

“In the Shadows of the Crosses”

Pastor Sam preaching

God in Christ on the cross suffers in solidarity with the disinherited of the earth.

April 14, 2022

Maundy Thursday

“Witnessing Where We Are”

Pastor Sam preaching

To better love our neighbors, we slow down to notice our neighborhood.

April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday

“The Kindness of Water”

Pastor Sam preaching

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, a crowd celebrates his arrival, thirsty for the kingdom of God.

April 3, 2022

Fifth Sunday in Lent

“Redrawing the Borders of Hospitality”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus attends a Sabbath meal and invites those in attendance to reimagine hospitality in the kingdom of God.

March 27, 2022

FourthSunday in Lent

“The Inner Sanctuary”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus shares a meal with Pharisees, some of the leaders of his day.

March 20, 2022

Third Sunday in Lent

“Whose Neighbor? Which Inheritance?”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus tells a story about a man being beaten up and left for dead. 

March 13, 2022

Second Sunday in Lent

“Broken Pieces”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus’ followers feed a crowd of more than five thousand people. 

March 6, 2022

First Sunday in Lent

“Patient Endurance”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus tells a story about a farmer sowing seeds in diverse soils.

February 27, 2022

“Turning the World on Its Head”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus reveals the character of God’s kingdom, which is good news for the poor, the hungry, the grieving.

February 20, 2022

“Discerning What Is Good”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus shares a banquet with tax collectors, the social outcasts of his day.

February 13, 2022

“Extending the Table”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus shares a banquet with tax collectors, the social outcasts of his day.

February 6, 2022

“Getting Out of the Boat”

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus teaches, surprises, and invites a community of disciples.

January 30, 2022

“The Mission”

Pastor Sam preaching

In a synagogue, Jesus reads from the book of Isaiah, expressing his intent and purpose.

January 23, 2022

“The Wilderness”

Pastor Sam preaching

Along with many others, Jesus, the beloved, is baptized.

January 16, 2022
“God’s Grace Guides Us.”

Guest Preacher

January 9, 2022

Baptism of the Lord

“The Beloved”

Pastor Sam preaching

Along with many others, Jesus, the beloved, is baptized.

January 2, 2021

Epiphany

Pastor Sam preaching

Jesus’ parents frantically search for him in Jerusalem.

Previous Sermon Series

Unexpected Arrivals-An Advent Series

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church’s calendar with the anticipation and the birth of Jesus. Advent means coming. So, we are celebrating the coming of God in Christ at the first Christmas, and we are anticipating the ongoing coming of God in lives each day afresh. This Advent, we are following the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love with the Gospel of Luke.

Borders and Belonging

The story of Ruth is a story for our times. It is a drama of grief and love and prejudice and promise during a time of manifold upheavals. Glenn Jordon has observed, “This short narrative features those who are forced to migrate to another country because of poverty of famine and therefore encourages communities to face the question of what constitutes national identity and belonging.”