Sermons

Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen February 10, 2019 (To see the video version of this sermon, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/552661095218917) Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 In the story of The Hobbit, there are various human-like creatures. Hobbits, of course. And humans. But today, I want to talk about elves and dwarves. Elves and dwarves do not trust one another. It all started with an ancient feud that tumbled down through the generations. They are kind of like the Hatfields and the McCoys of Middle Earth. No one knows exactly how the feud started, but they definitely do not like one another. The image before ...
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A Sense of Distance

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen December 9, 2018 Scripture: Luke 3:2-6 I chose this scripture for today, for our Blue Christmas Observance because of its sense of distance: the difference between what is and what will be when the peace of God reigns in our world. Here in our gospel reading, John the Baptist is crying out for the way to be made for Christ to come, and he does it by quoting words from the prophet Isaiah. These are words from a time in Israel’s history that was catastrophic. When Isaiah wrote these words, some 600 years before John and ...
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Welcome the Unexpected

by Rev. Chris Jorgensen Preached December 2, 2018 at Hanscom Park UMC (To see the video version of this sermon, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/hanscomparkchurch/videos/1132163853616542/) Scripture: Luke 17:20-22, 26-33 Nothing like a good fire and brimstone scripture to start our Advent season. You’re welcome! Perhaps you were hoping for sweet baby Jesus or holy Mother Mary? I mean, that’s reasonable. Advent is, after all, a period of waiting to celebrate and remember the first Christmas – the holiday that marks Jesus being born among us as a tiny baby in a rustic manger in a little town called Bethlehem. Sometimes we think of the ...
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The Radical Notion That Prayer Makes a Difference

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen November 11, 2018 Nehemiah 1:1-11 Cupbearer to the King. That’s Nehemiah’s job title. It is a sweet gig. It means that Nehemiah lives in the palace in Susa, the capital of the Persian Empire. He King Artaxerxes’s right-hand man. He is a trusted counselor. He has money and power and influence. The job does have one small drawback. The cupbearer tastes all the king’s food and drink before the king touches it. You know, in order to make sure it is not poisoned. Hey – all that power and money and influence doesn’t come for free ...
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Y’all do all y’all can!

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 28, 2018 Scripture: John 14:8-13 This is a picture of me from September 2016. I had been in full-time ministry one year and three months. I had awakened in the early morning hours with numbness and tingling on the left side of my body. When I tried to walk, I sort of tipped to my left side. Watching me, you might have thought I had a few too many to drink – but I hadn’t had a drop. So I knew something was definitely wrong. Of course, my first thought was, “Oh no. I’m too ...
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