Sermons

Holding Out for a Hero

April 5, 2020 Video of the full worship service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/673953340098504/ Scripture: Luke 29:28-40  So our scripture today includes a big parade: a large gathering of people all crowded together! Anybody else respond like this? “Oh heck no, we need to keep six feet apart! That’s a pandemic waiting to happen!” I assume you would all be nodding if you were here. For my part, I can’t even watch TV anymore without yelling at people to get away from one another. When I’m in the grocery store, I see someone looking at a label, and I have to stop myself from ...
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Peter and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 29, 2020 Scripture: Matthew 26:31-40, 47-52, 69-75 Video of the full worship service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/523455505252288/ (Thank you for your patience with the crackly sound on this video. A new microphone has been ordered to fix it for next week. 🙂 [For the Children’s Moment, Pastor Chris read the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. You can find the full text of the book here: https://www.northiowa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ALEXANDER-AND-THE-TERRIBLE.pdf]  Okay adults…How many of you can relate to Alexander this week? How many of you have had at least one “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” this week? I ...
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This Present Hell Will Not Stand

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 22, 2020 Want to view this week’s worship service (include this sermon) online? You can visit our Hanscom Park church Facebook Page. Here’s a direct link to the service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/2464143520565037/Scripture: Matthew 16:13-19, 21-23 I am 45 years old today, and I feel very human. Some weeks, I feel very much in tune with the presence of Christ inside me, but this week I feel very, very human. I’m not sure if you’ve heard but there’s this thing called the coronavirus…and because there’s this thing called the coronavirus, it’s like I have no idea what I’m ...
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Peter’s Faltering but Persistent Faith

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 8, 2020 Matthew 14:22-31 We are singing some great classic hymns today, right? “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Stand by Me,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” How do y’all feel about those? Do you like those hymns? Do they resonate with you?  I have a confession to make. I have a tense relationship with these kinds of hymns. You may not know this about me, but I can be pretty cynical. Shocking, right? I know. It’s not a good look for a pastor. But if I’m being 100% honest, I will tell you these hymns ...
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Hold My Beer (A Fishing Sermon)

by Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 1, 2020 Luke 5:1-11 I LOVE this scripture. I love it. It might be darn near my favorite scripture in the whole bible. In fact, I love it so much I wrote the words to the hymn we just sang as a project for my worship class in seminary. [See bottom of page for hymn lyrics.] We had to choose a tune and write new words for it. I felt like I had never seen a hymn that tells the whole story of this scripture, so I wrote one. It was a really fun activity ...
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