Category: Pastor Jeff’s Sermons

30
Mar

Pandemic Lessons from Matthew 14

A sermon preached on March 29th, 2020, the second Sunday in which our worship was live streamed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Rather than read scripture, I told the story that Matthew tells in the 14th chapter of his Gospel. Chapter 14 of Matthew’s Gospel spoke to me this week as we find ourselves dealing […]

23
Mar

Ancient Wisdom to Help Us in this Uncertain Time

A sermon preached online on March 22nd, 2020 based upon Psalm 42 entitled, “Ancient Wisdom to Help Us in this Uncertain Time.” It is helpful for me to remember the great of saints who have gone before us.  They dealt with times of crisis and profound struggle, many of which were far worse than what […]

16
Mar

Danger and Opportunity in the Midst of this Crisis

A sermon preached on March 15, 2020 – the Sunday we turned to worship online because of the coronavirus.  Our text is Luke 17:6-7, 11-17.  A live version of this can be found at our website and at the Facebook page of the Parsippany United Methodist Church. When I began looking for a scripture passage […]

08
Mar

Born from Above

A sermon preached on March 8th, 2020 based upon John 3:1-17. For many of us the Gospel story we are about to hear is a familiar one, containing a couple of the most well-known verses in the Bible.  For all of its familiarity, however this passage can be a hard one to make sense of, […]

23
Feb

Thin Places and the Baptism of a Child

A sermon preached on February 23rd, 2020 – Transfiguration Sunday – and on the occasion of the baptism of Milania Isabella Ventola.  The sermon was based upon Matthew 17:1-9.  There is an ancient tradition that arose in Ireland that speaks of certain places being “thin” places.  These are places where sometimes the veil that separates […]

11
Feb

Seeing Through the Lens of the Crucified Savior

A sermon preached on February 9th, 2020 based upon 1Cornithians 2:1-12 entitled, “Seeing Through the Lens of the Crucified Savior.” When we are born, we experience life directly.  But as we grow, we develop lenses through which we see our lives – lenses that filter reality. Our lenses lead us to pay attention to certain […]

03
Feb

Acknowledging Our Poverty of Spirit

A sermon preached on February 2nd, 2020 based upon Matthew 5:1-12 entitled, “Acknowledging our Poverty of Spirit.” In my 38 years of being a pastor, visiting and preaching in nursing homes has always been something I’ve done on a regular basis.  Nursing homes can be rather depressing places, and I’m not looking forward to the […]

28
Jan

Learning to Live in the Kingdom of God

A sermon preached on January 26th, 2020 based upon Mathew 4:12-23, entitled “Learning to Live in the Kingdom of God.” As I mentioned last week, each Gospel writer has distinctive ways of presenting the story of Jesus with particular themes on which they focus. One theme Matthew highlights is the conflict between God’s kingdom (reign) […]