Sermon Audio Downloads http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcasts/feed Sermon Audio en Esther 4 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/esther-4 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Esther 4</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item">For weeks we have been talking about the warnings that the ancient Hebrews received from God. If they continued to act as though they didn't want a relationship with God, regardless of what they said, eventually they would get what they wanted. And they did. First the northern kingdom of Israel was destroyed and the southern kingdom of Judah was invaded, Jerusalem was sacked, the temple was demolished and the best and brightest were taken into Exile in Babylon. Years later, some of them returned to Judah, but not all of them.</div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/openchurch/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:02</span> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:02:26 +0000 bstaten 103 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch Isaiah 36-37 and 2 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/isaiah-36-37-and-2 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Isaiah 36-37 and 2</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This morning we have another reading from the prophets, this time the prophet Isaiah, first a story and then a prophecy. In order for it to make sense, let me give you a little background. After the kingdom split into north Israel and south Judah, things continue to degrade until 721 BC when Assyria invades the northern kingdom of Israel and destroys it. After that the southern kingdom of Judah pays tribute to Assyria so they don't get invaded. Eventually they get tired of that and make a pact with their old enemy Egypt and rebel against Assyria.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/18/2018 - 12:29</span> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:29:53 +0000 bstaten 102 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch Micah 6 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/micah-6 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Micah 6</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>For the next four weeks we will be reading from the prophets. Prophets in the ancient Afro-Asiatic world were messengers, delivering words from God to the people. Sometimes these are words of warning, sometimes they are words of comfort, usually they are a combination of both. The prophets we are reading from are referred to as the classical prophets. They aren't miracle workers and they speak mainly to the common people, instead of to the king and the power brokers. Sometimes they do strange things, called prophetic acts, to make a point.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:56</span> Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:56:47 +0000 bstaten 101 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch 2 Kings 5 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/2-kings-5 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2 Kings 5</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Our Scripture reading for this morning might not be very familiar to you. It's a rather obscure story and has several parts to it. We are only going to read a small portion of it. After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom he ruled split into south and north. The southern portion is called Judah, and the northern portion retains the name Israel. The main action of today's story takes place in Israel. But it starts in far away. It starts in the country of Aram, the city of Damascus, which is modern-day Syria. Because this story is backwards from what we think should happen.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/04/2018 - 13:19</span> Sun, 04 Nov 2018 18:19:43 +0000 bstaten 100 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch 1 Kings 3 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/1-kings-3 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">1 Kings 3</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Last week we heard a story from the life of Israel's great King David, a story both disturbing and redemptive, about how King David and Queen Bathsheba came to be married. This morning we hear the story of their second son, King Solomon. Solomon is the end of the golden age of ancient Israel. After he dies, the kingdom splits into north and south and descends into chaos and infighting and eventually both kingdoms are invaded and conquered, and the people carried into exile. This didn't happen for no reason.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/openchurch/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 10/28/2018 - 12:03</span> Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:03:55 +0000 bstaten 99 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch 2 Samuel 11 and 12 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/2-samuel-11-and-12 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2 Samuel 11 and 12</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Twelve years ago a bunch of Lutherans in Minnesota got together and created a preaching plan called the Narrative Lectionary. It's a four year cycle of preaching through the Bible. And because I chose to follow it when I became your pastor last year, this week we read the story of David and Bathsheba. This week, in the wake of a new Supreme Court Justice and rallies protesting rape culture on college campuses and the body of a homeless woman being set on fire in a public park, we read a story about lust, and coveting and lying and murder. Coincidence or God? You decide.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:42</span> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:42:39 +0000 bstaten 98 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch UCC Access Sunday -- Joshua 24:1-15 and Luke 14:16-21 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/ucc-access-sunday-joshua-241-15-and-luke-1416-21 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">UCC Access Sunday -- Joshua 24:1-15 and Luke 14:16-21</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A couple of years ago, a mother shared this with me: “My husband and I are members of a very large [deleted denomination] church…going on 8 years. After 5 years of not missing a Sunday or Wednesday, our infant son was diagnosed w/autism and a few other physical problems. Attendance started to dwindle as he was not enjoying all of the over-stimulation. One of us always ended up taking him out to the car and getting his stroller and pushing him around the large parking lot.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:51</span> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:51:55 +0000 bstaten 95 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch Exodus 19 & 20 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/exodus-19-20 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Exodus 19 &amp; 20</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Even if you didn't grow up in church, our text for this morning is going to be very familiar to you. It's the 10 Commandments. These are the guidelines for life given to the Ancient Hebrews, after they have been liberated from bondage in Egypt. These descendants of Abraham are blessed to be a blessing, but currently find themselves wandering in the wilderness. For four hundred years they have been living outside of the land of their ancestors, trying to keep their traditions alive in a culture determined to squash them.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:42</span> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:42:11 +0000 bstaten 94 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch Exodus 14 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/exodus-14 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Exodus 14</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Bible is a drama in six phases. Phase 1 is Creation: a good God makes a good world and fills it with good things. Phase 2 is Crisis: the good creatures begin to use their God-given free will to damage themselves and the good world. Phase 3 is Calling: God responds to Crisis by calling a tribe of people to represent God's intention for the world and resist evil, by making a covenant with them. And then in Phase 4, this tribe goes through Cycles of following God's calling, then drifting or rebelling, and then repenting and returning to God's agenda.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/openchurch/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 09/30/2018 - 12:04</span> Sun, 30 Sep 2018 16:04:50 +0000 bstaten 93 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch Genesis 12 and 39 http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch/index.php/media/podcast/genesis-12-and-39 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Genesis 12 and 39</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Bible is a drama in six phases. Phase 1 is Creation: a good God makes a good world and fills it with good things. Phase 2 is Crisis: the good creatures begin to use their God-given free will to make not good choices. Not always, but small individual choices turn into big nasty systems of sin and injustice. A few weeks ago we heard the story of the great flood, and the promise God made afterwards to never again destroy the world in a flood. God promised to never again respond to our violence with the same kind of violence.</p></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/364" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bstaten</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 09/23/2018 - 12:28</span> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:28:11 +0000 bstaten 92 at http://uccdelaware.com/openchurch