Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church

Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church

Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin, is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Worship services each Sunday at 8:25 AM Central at https://spaceshipchurch.org. We are blessed to welcome, worship and serve in Jesus’ name.

Episodes

June 27, 2022 15 min

Text: Luke 9:51-62

Description: When two of his disciples suggest incinerating some opponents, Jesus rebukes them and moves on, focused on what was important. How can we avoid the distractions of anger and fear that plague our culture today?

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Text: Luke 8:26-39

Description: A man is possessed by demons and Jesus casts them out.  His whole life and reality changes!  Jesus restores him to community and gives him hope.

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Text: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Description: Lady Wisdom as personified in Proverbs points to the mystery and majesty of God the three in one, one in three.

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Text: Acts 2:1-20

Description: The Holy Spirit gathers us in and sends us out! Probably not in ways we are used to or expect! But that wild Spirit is always at work!

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Texts: Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26

Description: This week, another strange story from the book of Acts. How a questionable move by the apostle Paul led to the right question and answer for “this impossibly hard, helpless, and hopeless moment in which we live.”

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Text:  John 5:1-9

Description:  We all have in groups and outgroups.  Jesus calls us to pick up our mats and go out to bring others in.

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Text: Acts 11:1-18

Description: God says, “what I have made holy, you must not call unholy”.  God totally flips the script!  The early church was finding its way.  Trying to understand Jesus’ call for love in the midst of old traditions.  God breaks down barriers so that all may know God’s love.

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Text:  Acts 9:36-43

Description:  Tabitha, a disciple, helped care for a vulnerable community.  Going beyond just a welcome means stepping up and being changed.

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Text: Acts 9:1-20

Description:  We are all very well acquainted with Saul's conversion story but...what can we learn from Ananias in this?

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Text: Mark 4:26-32

Description: As we observe Earth Day, we are reminded of God’s good creation.  We are also reminded of how human sin has led to climate disaster.  We cannot be complacent.  We are people with hope that comes from Christ who is making all creation new.

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Text: John 18-19

Description: Even on the cross, Jesus never stopped loving us.  Even in the midst of the brokenness of this world, Jesus is with us.

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Text:  Luke 24:1-12

Description:  Why would anyone want you to crash a funeral? Listen to find out why we’re all called to deliver Jesus’ mike-drop message of hope.

 

Link to the This American Life podcast episode Pastor mentions in her sermon: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/766/transcript

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Text: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Description:  Jesus act of washing his disciples feet was an act of service and unconditional love but it was also unconventional love...it broke the norms.  We are called to love each other the same way.

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Text:  Luke 22:14--23:56

Description:  This narrative of the Passion of Our Lord is read by our congregation in different parts...giving it a different voice and perspective.

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Text: Numbers 21: 4-9

Description:  Throughout their entire journey, God was with the Israelites...even through the detours with potholes, pitfalls and poisonous snakes.  Through our baptism, God is with us too in our every day detours...paving, patching and overpowering.

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Text: John 12:1-8

Description: Jesus shows extravagant love for people throughout his ministry.  As his life is drawing to it’s sacrificial close, Mary anoints him with expensive perfume as an extravagant act of love.  Jesus loves us in a big way and we are to share that love with others.

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Text: Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33, Numbers 14:1-9

Description:  Hearing a report of bad news led the Israelites again to panic and doubt God’s plan for them. Why do we pay more attention to bad news than to hopeful news?

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Text: Luke 14:11-32

Description:  Family dynamics are real...even in God's family.  Big Brother Bias can keep us from being in relationship with our siblings in Christ and joining in God's party.

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Text: Exodus 32:1-14

Description: As we continue journeying with the Israelites, they grow impatient because Moses has been up on the mountain too long. They make a golden calf to worship in place of God.  What and who do we idolize?  God is trustworthy. 

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Text: Luke 13:1-9

Description: Why do bad things happen to people? In Jesus’ time, hardship was thought to be God’s punishment for sin. What does Jesus have to say about that?

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