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Sunday Sermons from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of St. Paul, a mainline Protestant congregation in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.

September 10, 2019

Baptize. Teach. Remember.

Matthew 28:17-20 | Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost | September 1, 2019 | Rob Hamilton, preaching

We look at Jesus final words to his disciples and seek to learn what it means to bring the gospel in a world of mass shootings.

August 27, 2019

I See You

Luke 13:10-17 | Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost | August 25, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 

Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath and everyone is happy....except the leader of the synagogue. What does this passage from Luke have to do with a father's sarcastic letter to a church about how they treated his son who is on the autism spectrum?  Find out.

 

 

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August 21, 2019

Do You Hear the People Sing?

Luke 12:49-56 and Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 | Tenth Sunday After Pentecost | August 18, 2019| Dennis Sanders, preaching

 

What matters more: social justice or evangelism? The answer is not as important as standing up for what God requires which will divide people.

 

 

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August 14, 2019

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 | Ninth Sunday After Pentecost | August 11, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 

Hebrews 11 is a gallery of Old Testament figures who were faithful to God. We learn about Abraham who was faithful to God, which didn't mean that he never doubted.  We also learn about the link between faithfulness and obedience.  Oh, and we talk about buildings.

 

 

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August 4, 2019

What Will I Do?

Luke 12:13-21 and Colossians 3:1-11 | Eighth Sunday After Pentecost | August 4, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

What do we do with all of our stuff?  We learn about a rich farmer whose bountiful harvest "sparked joy" but did not help the poor or please God.

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July 28, 2019

Rooted and Fruited

Colossians 2:6-19 | Seventh Sunday After Pentecost | July 28, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Grace comes first and then comes acts of justice. Paul tells the church to be rooted in Christ and to live a life that speaks to the crucified and risen Lord.

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July 16, 2019

A Legend In Our Own Mind

Luke 10:25-37 and Colossians 1:1-14 | Fifth Sunday After Pentecost | July 14, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

We all like to think we would be the Good Samaritan in the parable with the same name, but Pastor Dennis shares that most of us would probably walk on by like the other two characters in this famous story.

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July 10, 2019

For the Sake of the World

Galatians 6:1-16 | Fourth Sunday After Pentecost | July 7, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Pastor Dennis shares his memories of vacations when he was a young kid, Paul's closing words to the church in Galatia and what is the role of the church in the wider world.

 

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July 1, 2019

By Their Tweets Ye Shall Know Them

Third Sunday After Pentecost | Galatians 5:1,13-25 | June 30, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Paul tells the church in Galatia that we are made in free in Christ in order to serve.  Paul then talks about the works of the flesh and fruits of the Spirit and we learn about the hearts of two religious figures through their Tweets.

June 24, 2019

Neither Master Nor Slave

Galatians 3:23-29 | Second Sunday After Pentecost | June 22, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Paul says in Galatians 3 that there is no male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile, but all are one in Christ. Pastor Dennis talks about the holiday of Juneteenth to explain that in Christ we called to live in radical relationship with each other.