Sermon: “Where Were You?”

Where were you? September 11, 2022 Michael Swartz Where were you on September 11, 2001?  It is one of those questions that a generation can answer. 9/11 ranks with December 7, 1941 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor; November 22, 1963 when John F. Kennedy was...

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“Backstory”

Backstory Philemon 1-21 September 4, 2022 Michael Swartz When I think of the current war in Ukraine, and the Russian invasion under Putin, there is a backstory.  The Soviet Union was an Ally in WWII. Former British prime minister Winston Churchill in a speech in...

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Sermon: Hospitality

Hospitality August 28, 2022 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Michael Swartz Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, thereby some have entertained angels unawares. When I agreed to fill in for four months here at the Church of Peace, Mary Oelschlaeger asked me to answer...

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Marginalization

August 21, 2022 Invisible woman - Luke 13:10-17 Michael Swartz The woman healed by Jesus in the Gospel reading for today was clearly suffering from osteoporosis. The Mayo Clinic website characterizes the disease this way: “Osteoporosis affects men and women of all...

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Sermon: Witness=Martyr

Proper 15C - Aug 14, 2022 Witness = Martyr Rev. Michael Swartz Hebrews 11:29-12:2 11:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after...

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Sermon: Connect the Dots

August 7, 2022 - Proper 14C Hebrews 11: 1-13 Michael Swartz “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence for things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 When I last preached on this text at Church of Peace I began with the story of an elderly pastor who was often...

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Sermon: People of New Life

Romans 12:4-21 The scripture Judy read comes to us right from the heart of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. If you think it sounds like he’s presenting a litany of instructions for how to be Christian, you’re exactly right: Let love be genuine. Hate what is evil....

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Reflection: Sharing Faith

Note: This reflection is part of our celebration of the ministry of Mary Kae Waytenick. The service also included a handful of exquisite testimonials and, of course, fantastic music. Acts 27:13-25 In the scripture Sylvia just read, we meet up with Paul on the Worst...

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Sermon: Broken Open, Poured Out, Raised Up

Mark 14:3-9 Today we’re continuing the summer series on courage, and you and I know. These days, courage is exactly what we need. In this season of transition, we’re wading into the waters of chaos because we know God is gonna trouble the water. We know this is where...

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Sermon: Lord, Help Me

Matthew 15:21-28 You might remember. There was a Tuesday at the end of December when we had one of those meaningful snow storms. It started early in the day, and nobody was really ready for it, and already the ground was icy —one of those. At about four o-clock, I...

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