A Sermon by Pastor Chico Martin

October 9, 2016

Lections: Job 7:1-11; Psalm 22:1-18; Hebrews 2:10-14; John 19:23-24;28-30


Lord, we pray not for tranquility, nor that our tribulations may cease;

we pray for thy spirit

and thy love, that thou grant us strength and grace to overcome adversity;

through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

This morning, as we continue to grapple with the shock of last Saturday’s tragedy, we pray “that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Our need as individuals and the need of our community is very great, especially the need of the families, relatives, and friends of Eli Brookens, Janie Cozzi, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau. We pray that their sorrow will not overwhelm them, and that they may be comforted. We pray also, in the words of our prayer, not for tranquility, “nor that our tribulations may cease,” because the hope we seek is a trustworthy hope; so we pray for the spirit of love and the strength and grace to overcome adversity.  Our lives – and this holds true also for our deaths – are enveloped in love, even when we cannot find the wherewithal to trust this love.   Continue reading

PRAYERS AND PRAISE: The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity


A Sermon by Pastor Chico Martin

October 2, 2016

Lections: Lamentations 3:19-26; Mal 1:6-11; Luke 17: 5-10


On the first day of the week, when we assemble in the morning, we do so for many reasons.  Some will like coming to church, and look forward to this; they enjoy the music, the sermons, and sometimes find voice of their truest thoughts and feelings in the prayers and praise of worship. Others may think they ought to come to church, but often find ways to avoid this, because they would rather be somewhere else. Most importantly, as I hope many of us recognize, we assemble because “it fulfills the desires of the Lord,” and consequently, we are blessed. And we are most blessed by the feast of the Lord’s table, which we call Holy Communion, when, as God spoke through Malachi, “in every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations” (Malachi 1:11).   Continue reading