Sermons

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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Seeds of Eternal Love

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 1, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/1023698011464830 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1–2a, 12, 16–18, 20, 35–38 a, 42b –44, 54–55, 57 The reading we heard today is a very traditional funeral reading. This reading from the Apostle Paul is one of a handful New Testament readings you might usually hear at a Methodist funeral. It always makes me a little worried about what people might be thinking when they hear it. I mean, folks who go to church a lot might just ho-hum through the scriptures because they’ve heard them a million times, but at funerals, ...
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I Pledge Allegiance…

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 18, 2020 Video of entire service: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/261947745213724 Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22 In 2017, right before I was appointed here to Hanscom Park church, I was ordained. To get ordained, I had to write lots of papers, fill out a bazillion forms, and interview with three subcommittees of the Board of Ordained Ministry. In one of my interviews, the committee and I got into a fairly lively conversation about my work for and commitment to the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. I sensed a lot of people in the room agreed with me. I ...
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