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Sermons by Rev. Jason Wahlstrom

May 23, 2021 Day of Pentecost “Beginnings”

FIRST READING        Acts 2:1-21 Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover. On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied. Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God’s activity in multiple languages. 1When the…

May 9, 2021 Sixth Sunday of Easter “Surprised by the Spirit”

FIRST READING          Acts 10:44-48 While Peter shares the good news of Jesus with a Gentile soldier and his family, the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Recognizing that the Spirit works inclusively in the lives of both Jews and Gentiles, Peter commands that these Gentiles also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. 44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell…

April 25, 2021 Fourth Sunday of Easter “Mercy Follows”

FIRST READING              Acts 4:5-12 Peter and John had been arrested the previous day because they were proclaiming the news of the resurrection to the people. In today’s reading, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name to the religious authorities. 5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with…

April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday “One Step Ahead”

FIRST READING        Isaiah 25:6-9 More than 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah proclaims the good news of God’s salvation and calls all people to rejoice! God will make a rich feast for all people. God will wipe the tears from their eyes. And most importantly, God will destroy death itself. 6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for…

March 7, 2021 Third Sunday in Lent “The Original Reconstruction”

FIRST READING Exodus 20:1-17 After escaping from slavery, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai, where God teaches them how to live in community. The Ten Commandments proclaim that God alone is worthy of worship. Flowing from God, the life of the community flourishes when based on honesty, trust, fidelity, and respect for life, family, and property. 1Then God spoke all these words:…

February 21, 2021 First Sunday in Lent “God Remembers”

FIRST READING             Genesis 9:8-17 Today’s reading is the conclusion to the flood story. Because of human sin, God destroys the earth by flood, saving only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. Yet divine destruction gives way to divine commitment. As in the first creation, God blessed humanity and establishes a covenant with all creatures. 8 Then God said…

January 31, 2021 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany “Cage-Free”

FIRST READING                 Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Today’s reading is part of a longer discourse in Deuteronomy, an updating of the law for the Israelite community as the people wait to enter the promised land. Here Moses assures the people that God will continue to guide them through prophets who will proclaim the divine word. 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you…