Sermons

Hatin’ on the Sheep

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen January 10, 2021 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/209105317520724 Scripture: Genesis 46:28-34 All shepherds are abhorrent to the Egyptians. That’s some strong language, and when I first read it in today’s scripture, all I thought was, “Why are the Egyptians hating on shepherds?” I actually did a lot of research and reading this week to figure it out.  But first, we need to understand the context of the story. The Joseph in the story is our famous Joseph-and-the-Amazing-Technicolor-Dreamcoat Joseph. He has been living in Egypt and working for the Pharaoh since his brothers sold him into slavery ...
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A Faith that Can Handle the Truth

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen December 6, 2020 Video of whole service: https://fb.watch/2fJAwujj_n/  Scripture: Isaiah 40:1,3-11 This week, as I prepared to preach, I kept thinking of a fairly iconic line of movie dialogue. It is from a movie of my youth, something I’m sure the Gen Xers among us would know right away. It’s a military court scene, and in it, Tom Cruise is interrogating Jack Nicholson – about what, I honestly don’t remember. But I do know, that at height of Tom Cruise’s cross examination, he yells at Jack Nicholson, “I want the truth!” And what does Nicholson respond? ...
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And We Will Laugh

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 22, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/700673370846914 Scripture: Genesis 18:1-5 A couple of Saturdays ago, I had a Zoom meeting with the Vital Congregations Board of the Great Plains Annual Conference. (The Conference is the Methodist body we are a part of – they oversee all the churches in Nebraska and Kansas.) The Vital Congregations Board is the group who, among other things, determines which churches are awarded Urban Ministry Grants and how much money those churches will get. I was there asking for start-up funding for our ministry with New Americans (immigrants & refugees), ...
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The Little Church That Could

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 15, 2020 Video of whole service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/289706642308268  Scripture: Haggai 1: 1-8 Last week, we talked about the prophet Jeremiah living in the midst of the destruction of his community after the Babylonians came in and ransacked Judea. And as you remember, they also sent many of the citizens of Judea into exile into Babylon. Well, as we know, empires come and go, and it wasn’t long before the Babylonians were defeated by the Persians. Here in the Book of Haggai, instead of living under Babylonian rule, Judea found itself under Persian rule. The Persians, in ...
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A Beacon of Empathy and Unity

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 8, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/788138308430754/  Scripture: Jeremiah 32:6-15 So I know it’s a little obscure, but this is my favorite stewardship scripture. In fact, I preached about this scripture three years ago this almost to the day. Let’s think back to that time. It was November 7, 2017. I had only been the pastor here at Hanscom Park for about four months. We were still totally in the honeymoon period. It wasn’t an election year. (Ahhh, so nice.) I had short hair because we could still get haircuts then. We were so young ...
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