<![CDATA[Pastor Jess - Sermon Podcast On A Journey with Jesus]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:52:35 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Fellowship With God CW - Suicide is not a Sin]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/fellowship-with-god-cw-suicide-is-not-a-sinThere are so many things going on in this sermon!  Here's some background for you.  The text was Mark 3:20-35.  Although historically some have believed that this text was about suicide being the unforgivable sin, I preach that the unforgivable sin is really labeling something that brings healing, restoration, and love as from the Devil instead of God.  Shout out to Matt Skinner at Working Preacher.  

Also, the congregation I preached at, Fellowship Lutheran Church in Tulsa, OK, is working on their Mission, Vision, and Values this summer.  Pastor Alan Fox preached last week that Mission is who we are, and my part for this week was Fellowship with God.  Plus, there's this cool intro video to the Mission Possible summer theme.

Finally, I've also included my welcome to communion on this recording if you wait a few seconds after the end of the sermon.

I want everyone to know that they are loved, valued, and included by God no matter what, even if you come to church suicidal.  I have training in being with people who are suicidal, so if you want to reach out to me, send me a message here and we can talk.  Also, you can check out the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the word CONNECT to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Also, especially for LGBTQIA+ Youth, there's the Trevor Project and a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.  Since the church also often has something to do with people in that community feeling suicidal, we need to start helping instead of hurting. Church, let's communicate love above all else.  
Unfortunately, being welcoming to everyone doesn't pay the bills or help me find a full time call, and Supply Preaching doesn't pay all the bills, either, so you can help support this blog and sermon podcast here.  
<![CDATA[Sabbath Matters, But Get Rid of Rules]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/sabbath-matters-but-get-rid-of-rulesPreached on Mark 2:23-3:6 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights on June 3, 2018.  

Topics include why we need Sabbath, and also, congregational renewal.  What does Jesus invite us to give up to gain healing for all?  
<![CDATA[REiki, Wicca, and Welcome]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/reiki-wicca-and-welcomeEpiphany, Matthew 2:1-12, a sermon that mentions Reiki, Wicca, and Welcome!
In this sermon, people got into partners and gave each other a Star Word.  Give yourself one if you're listening online.  Scan the list of words, and find one that touches you, and use that as your Star Word for the year.  
<![CDATA[The Best Christmas Present]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:13:38 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/the-best-christmas-presentSermon from Christmas 1, Luke 2:22-40
<![CDATA[Christmas Eve Sermon 2017]]>Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:43:37 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/christmas-eve-sermon-2017

Check out More Christmas Eve Here

<![CDATA[Prepare for Comfort for Rough Places]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/prepare-for-comfort-for-rough-placesEnjoy!  There are moment of quiet in the audio where the congregation is talking to conversation partners.  I've edited most of them out for this.  However, if you're listening while driving, I left a minute or two in for you to do your own thinking on the question.  If you want to discuss below:
Leave a Comment:
1.  Where do you find comfort in your faith?
2.  Who is on the hills of our world? Who might not be comforted when the hills are made low?
3.  How do we bring comfort to others?
4.  How does your baptism give you strength? 

Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8, Advent 2

<![CDATA[How Do We Keep Awake and Notice Jesus]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/how-do-we-keep-awake-and-notice-jesusHappy New Year!  
This is the First Sunday of Advent, and we start a new cycle of readings known as Year B.  This year, we'll focus on the gospel of Mark.  According to Matt Skinner, who is quoted in this sermon and wrote this article, this is the perfect time to be learning from the Gospel of Mark.  

Also, quoted is Rev. Dirk van der Duim, and you can read more about the church he serves Grace Lutheran Church, here.  

Finally, this sermon references our Compliment Box, so you canlearn more about that here.  

The text is Mark 13:24-37 and Isaiah 64:1-9

Homework (Or, Advent Discipline)

We keep awake by being Jesus in the world, and noticing where Jesus is in the world.  As the sermon discusses, we end the world of brokenness and oppression, and find that Jesus is here making a new world of love and hope.  Where do you see Jesus doing that this week?  Where is Jesus doing this for you, and where are you doing this for others?  Leave your comments below, or bring them to church on Sunday if you can be there in person.  Let's compliment Jesus in our Compliment Box this Advent!
<![CDATA[Sheep, Goats, Kinship, and YOU]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/sheep-goats-kinship-and-youMatthew 25: 31-46

If we're all kin, and Jesus is the king of the kin-dom of God, and Jesus rewards sheep, what are we supposed to do?

If the sheep are to visit those in prison, whom have you visited?
If the sheep are to care for the sick, whose health care have to advocated to keep?
If the sheep are to feed the hungry, how much money could you share with a Food Pantry?
If the sheep are to give the thirsty a drink, what clean water projects have you funded?  

Are you taking the Bible seriously?  Are you part of the Kin-dom of God where you understand yourself in Kinship with all of humanity?  Where can taking your faith seriously take you? 
<![CDATA[Are You Hiding Talents]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/are-you-hiding-talentsSermon on Matthew 25:14-30.  What talents do you have for God?  Are you hiding them?  Find out below, and be sure to share your results with Pastor!  Paper copies of the inventory are available at church.  If you're an online follower, please, still share.
Online SPIRITUAL gifts inventory
Share Results with Pastor Jess
<![CDATA[aLL sAINTS sERMON]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMThttp://pastorjess.com/onajourneywithjesus/all-saints-sermonFor contexual reasons, Calvary had me preach on All Saint's Sunday on Nov. 12.  This decision was controvercial within our congregation and among other Pastors, and I learned much from the conversation.  This is not the place to re-have that conversation.  

However, if you would like to hear a sermon about All Saint's Sunday, my Dad's death 13 years ago, and how all of that relates to all being welcome at the Communion Table, listen to the sermon below.  

In other news, we are having First or New to Communion Classes on Thursdays in Lent from 4pm-5pm.  Dates are listed below.  The celebration will be on Maundy Thursday at the evening service on March 29, the night when we celebrate Jesus having his Last Supper with his disciples and instituting communion. All are welcome, regardless of previous church background or affiliation.  People of all ages are welcome to come to the classes on:
Feb. 22
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22