Sermons by Pastor Pat Mecham

Sermons by Pastor Pat Mecham

The First to Love

The First to Love                 5th Sunday of Easter 1 John 4:7-21   May 2, 2021    John 15:1-8 The story I want to share with you today is my favorite from Leo Tolstoy.  His title is Where Love Is, God Is but you might know it as “Martin the Cobbler.”  It’s about an older man whose home and shop were in the basement, and he had one window looking out on the sidewalk.  He was able to recognize his…
Jesus and disciples

In the Name of Jesus Christ

In the Name of Jesus Christ              4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:5-12 ———–  1 John 3:16-24 ———-  April 25, 2021 ———-  John 10:11-18 A few weeks ago, it was Easter Sunday.  We celebrated the resurrection, and were reminded that we are “Easter People.”  William Willimon explains it this way: “Resurrection is not just something that happened to dead Jesus.  Resurrection is also something that happens to the dead followers of Jesus!  Easter keeps happening, as Jesus keeps talking to us, keeps revealing and…
Holy Spirit

Recovering Believers

Recovering Believers                 2nd Easter Psalm 133   April 11, 2021   John 20:19-31 Back in 1935, a man suffering from alcoholism was told that there was no medical cure—and then he was encouraged to find a spiritual means to sobriety.  He sought out others who might be able to help—and Alcoholics Anonymous was born!  Using a 12-step program, AA helps people face their situation with honesty, integrity, as well as mutual encouragement and support.  It has spawned thousands of chapters, as well…

Washing Feet

Washing Feet ——– Maundy Thursday ——– April 1, 2021 ——– 6:30 PM Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-29———John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 Those of you who are teachers understand the challenges of trying to convey a body of knowledge or a principle.  Parents face this challenge with their children; customer service representatives have the same challenge when trying to inform a customer; anyone hoping to convey information to another person understands the limits of our language. Jesus is perhaps the best-known teacher the…
Magnet

A New Covenant

A New Covenant—–5th Sunday in Lent Jeremiah 31: 31-34—–March 21, 2021—–John 12: 20-33 Being a PARENT is full of surprises!  I always imagined myself teaching my kids—passing on wisdom and understanding and humor and insight.  But, you know what?!  My kids (and other people’s kids) have taught me!  Today I want focus on one of the things that parenting has taught me about God.  Here it is in a nutshell: God is our loving Father; in love, God carefully lays…
heart in hands

To Save, NOT Condemn

To Save, NOT Condemn—–4th Sunday in Lent Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22—–Ephesians 2: 1-10—–March 14, 2021—–John 3: 14-21 When I was about 7 years old, I was playing over at a friend’s house.  We were out in the shop with his dad, who was puttering around with an engine.  My friend showed me something really cool—a miniature branding iron that he had made by bending a piece of wire into a shape.  He heated up the brand part in a little…
Bible bread & wine

Christ in the Marketplace

Christ in the Marketplace                 3rd Sunday in Lent 1 Corinthians 1:18-25   March 7, 2021   John 2:13-22 If I had asked you to close your eyes and picture Jesus (at least before hearing today’s Gospel reading), you probably would have pictured him praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, or perhaps surrounded by children as he blessed them, or maybe gently knocking on a door.  You might have pictured him feeding a big crowd, or walking on water.  But, after hearing our…
Bandaid

In the Presence

In the Presence 2nd Sunday in Lent 2 Kings 2: 1-12 February 28, 2021 Mark 9: 2-9 Once upon a time, there was a young boy who walked to Sunday School every single Sunday.  An old sinner who lived near the boy’s path decided he would intercept the young fellow and “throw a wet blanket” on his faith.  So, one Sunday morning, he stepped in front of the boy and said, “Son, I’ll give you a nickel if you can…
Angels

Lead Me in Your Truth

Lead Me in Your Truth              1st Lent Feb. 21, 2021  Psalm 25:1-10   1 Peter 3:18-22   Mark 1:9-15 I have been thinking this week about TRUTH, and (as always) it has reminded me of a movie—one that focuses on how important it is to tell the truth.  It’s called “Liar, Liar” and it stars Jim Carrey as a lawyer who uses lies in every aspect of his life, both his professional life and his personal life.  He is suddenly no longer…

The Cure

The Cure 2 Kings 5:1-14    February 14, 2021   Mark 1:40-45 Many of you know that I spent five days in the hospital in the middle of January, recovering from COVID-19.  From my room, I could hear the coughs and cries of other patients in the “COVID ward,” and I marveled at all the nurses and therapists who never seemed to be discouraged by the whole ordeal.  As the “brain fog” cleared, I found myself thinking a lot about healing,…