First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Live and Share God's Love

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June 10, 2018 “It’s about What They ‘Do’ more than What They ‘Mean’” Judges 9:8-15; Mark 4:33-34
LISTEN
June 3, 2018 "The Rich Young Ruler vs. The Poor Old Fisherman" Mark 10:17-22 (Guest speaker: Lay Leader Mike Zahn) LISTEN
May 27, 2018 “Called By the Three in One” Isaiah 6:1-8; John 3:1-17 (Guest speaker: District Superintendent Forrest Wells) LISTEN
May 20, 2018 "Back to Life" Ezekiel 37:1-14  LISTEN
May 13, 2018 “Confused Questions & Ambiguous Responses” John 3:1-9 
LISTEN
May 6, 2018 "Shalom" 1 Corinthians 2; 1 John 3, 4 selected verses LISTEN
April 29, 2018 Family Worship. No manuscript. Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 John 3:18 LISTEN
April 22, 2018 “A Different Pair of Spectacles” Mark 1:12-13 
LISTEN
April 15, 2018 "Helpful or Unhelpful" Proverbs 1:1-7, 29-33  Snow Day. No Podcast
April 8, 2018 "Bittersweet" Joshua 1:7-9; Proverbs 4:25-27; Philippians 3:12-14  LISTEN
April 1, 2018
EASTER
"Really, Truly, Fully Living" Mark 16:1-8  LISTEN
March 25, 2018 The Passion of Mark's Gospel Account No Audio
March 18, 2018 "Philippians 2:13"  Philippians 2:1-13; Mark 8:34-38 LISTEN
March 11, 2018 "GPS" Romans 12:1-13   LISTEN
March 4, 2108 "Surprise!" Matthew 25:31-46  LISTEN
February 25, 2018 “How Badly Do You Want It?” Mark 10:13-27
LISTEN
February 18, 2108 "Words of Love" Mark 12:28-34  LISTEN
February 11, 2018 “God is (Still) Speaking” Mark 9:2-9  
LISTEN
February 4, 2018 “A Change of Heart” Hosea 2:14-20; Mark 2:14-22 
LISTEN
January 28, 2018 “… and still God’s love prevails” Romans 8:28, 35, 37-39; Revelation 21:1-5
LISTEN
January 21, 2018 “Your Story - Already Written or a Collaboration?” Colossians 1:9-10, Romans 12:1-2
LISTEN
January 14, 2018 “Taking Jesus Seriously but Not Literally”  Psalm 22:1-5; John 15:5-7
LISTEN
January 7, 2018 “How is God Loving and Just When… ?”  Genesis 1:27-28; Job 1:13-22, 3:1-5, 11
LISTEN
December 31, 2017 Christmas Carol Sing No Audio
December 24, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent. Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:39-55 LISTEN December 24
December 17, 2017 Lessons & Carols 2018 LISTEN December 17
December 10, 2017 “The Beginning of the Good News” Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
LISTEN December 10
December 3, 2017 “Keep Awake! Be Alert!” Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:33-37
LISTEN December 3
November 26, 2017

“The Façade Window: This is Your Church” Hebrews 2:9-13; Romans 12:9-21 (Guest speaker: Lay Leader Mike Zahn)

audio not available
November 19, 2107 "5 Kernels of Corn" 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Colossians 2:6-7 LISTEN NOVEMBER 19
November 12, 2017 “On a Day Like This… !” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Acts 16:16-26 
LISTEN NOVEMBER 12
November 5, 2017 "Don't Worry! God Provides" 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Matthew 6:25-33
LISTEN NOVEMBER 5
October 29, 2017 "Enough: Defined By Generosity" 1 Timothy 6: 17-19; Proverbs 11:23-25, 22:9 LISTEN OCTOBER 29
October 22, 2017 "Enough: Cultivating Contentment" Hebrews 13:5-6; Luke 12:15; Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 LISTEN OCTOBER 22
October 15, 2017 "Enough: Money and Wisdom" Luke 15:11-16; Proverbs 21:5, 20 LISTEN OCTOBER 15
October 8, 2017 "Enough: When Dreams Become Nightmares" 1 Timothy 6:10b; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 16:26 LISTEN OCTOBER 8
October 1, 2017 "Mission and Vision" Habakkuk 2:1-3; Philippians 4:8-9 LISTEN OCTOBER 1
September 24, 2017 “Caretakers not Owners” Genesis 1:26-28; Deuteronomy 6:4-15a  LISTEN SEPTEMBER 24
September 17, 2017 “Living God’s Mission” Luke 4:18-19; Luke 10:1-9, 16
LISTEN SEPTEMBER 17
September 10, 2017 “When Our Paths Cross” Genesis 18:1-8; Luke 14:1, 7-14a LISTEN SEPTEMBER 10 
September 3, 2017 "One Person's Theology" 2 Chronicles 1:7-12; Daniel 12:3; John 8:12 
LISTEN SEPTEMBER 3 
August 27, 2017 “Hymn & Song Theology: Here I Am, Lord” Isaiah 6:1-8 
LISTEN AUGUST 27
August 20, 2017 “Before Miracles” John 6:10-15; Ephesians 3: 14-21 (Guest preacher: Rev. Charlie Strong)
LISTEN AUGUST 20
August 13, 2017 "Hymn & Song Theology: Ebenezer" Ephesians 3:7-19 LISTEN AUGUST 13
August 6, 2017 "Hymn & Song Theology: God's Faithfulness" Lamentations 3:21-25; Mark 5:21-43 LISTEN AUGUST 6 
July 30, 2017 “One Life – A Parable of God’s Grace” Ephesians 2:1-10
LISTEN JULY 30
July 23, 2017 “Ready to Follow God’s Lead” Jeremiah 1:1-2, 4-8 and Luke 4:1-2 LISTEN JULY 23 
July 16, 2017 "Spectacular... ?" 1 Kings 19:4-13a 

LISTEN JULY 16 
July 9, 2017 "Now What?" Genesis 7 selected verses

 LISTEN JULY 9
July 2, 2017 "One Great Day of Singing" No Podcast
June 18, 2017 "Planning Ahead" Selections from Joshua 2-3  (Guest speaker: Grace Morris) LISTEN JUNE 18
June 11, 2017 "One Thing Needful" Luke 10:38-42 LISTEN JUNE 11
June 4, 2017 "Anointed for Service" 1 Samuel 16 LISTEN JUNE 4
May 28, 2017 "The Liberal" Isaiah 40-55 LISTEN MAY 28
May 21, 2017 "The Fundamentalists" Ezra and Nehemiah LISTEN MAY 21
May 14, 2017 "The Good Girl"  Esther; Romans 12:1-3 LISTEN MAY 14
May 7, 2017 "The Giver"  Mark 3:31-35, Ruth LISTEN MAY 7
April 30, 2017 "The Story of Squint and the Slave" Philemon, Colossians 4:1-9 LISTEN APRIL 30
April 23, 2017 "Voices of Resurrection" John 20:19-29; 21:1-19 LISTEN APRIL 23
April 16, 2017 "Voices of Easter" John 20:1-18 Due to a technical problem,
no podcast.
 April 9, 2017  "Cross-Section of Palm Sunday" Matthew 21:1-17 LISTEN APRIL 9 
April 2, 2017 "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  Lamentations 3:19-33; John 14:1-7 LISTEN APRIL 2
March 26, 2017 "Jesus Wept"  Ps. 79; Lamentations 3:1-18; John 11:17-35 LISTEN MARCH 26
March 19, 2017 "A Season of Lament: Triumphalism"  Ps. 74:1-11, 20-23; Lamentations 2:1-7; Luke 9:51-62 LISTEN MARCH 19
March 12, 2017 "A Season of Lament: Individualism"  Ps. 60; Lamentations 1:8-16; Mark 10:35-45 LISTEN MARCH 12
 March 5, 2017 "A Season of Lament:  Why Lament?" Ps. 44:8-26; Lamentation 1:1-5; Luke 19:41-44 LISTEN MARCH 5 
February 26,
2017
Finding Joy . . . Through Forgiveness" Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:31-32 LISTEN FEBRUARY 26
February 19, 2017 Finding Joy . . . Through Giving" Isaiah 58:1-9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 LISTEN FEBRUARY 19
February 12, 2017 "Finding Joy .. . Through Sabbath" Isaiah 58:13-14; Mark 2:23-27 LISTEN FEBRUARY 12
February 5, 2017 "Finding Joy . . . Through Perspective" Matthew 6:25-34; Proverbs 30:7-9 LISTEN FEBRUARY 5
January 29, 2017 "I Just Know"  Galatians 1:6-12; Job 42:1-6 PODCAST JANUARY 29
January 22, 2017 "Science, Logic, Reason"  Ecclesiastes 1:12-17; Colossians 2:18-10 PODCAST JANUARY 22
January 15, 2017 "Faith of Our Fathers" Job 8:1-10; Mark 7:5-13 PODCAST JANUARY 15
 January 8, 2017  "God Said It!" Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Peter 3:14-18 PODCAST JANUARY 8
January 1, 2017 "Lottie Moon and Us" Gen. 12:1-5; Matt. 10:1-15. Mission report from Wes Ebert. PODCAST JANUARY 1
December 25, 2016
"What Doesn't Change" (Titus 3:4-7) No Podcast
December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve Story: "Nativity." (Podcast only) LISTEN DECEMBER 24
December 18, 2016 No Sermon Text or Podcast this week:  Messy Church Intergenerational Event No Podcast
December 11, 2016 "The Christmas Story According to Luke" - Lessons and Carols Service LISTEN DECEMBER 11
December 4, 2016 "The Christmas Story According to Matthew" LISTEN DECEMBER 4
November 27, 2016 "The Christmas Story According to Mark" LISTEN NOVEMBER 27
November 20,
2016
"The Thanksgiving Shift" Philippians 1:3-11; Deuteronomy 14:22-29 LISTEN NOVEMBER 20
November 13, 2016 "As If We Had Nothing" Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 LISTEN NOVEMBER 13
 November 6, 2016  "Heroes and Models" Hebrews 11:1-16, 12:1-2 LISTEN NOVEMBER 6 
October 30, 2016 "Faith Looks at Possessions"  1 Kings 22:3-7, Mark 10:17-27 LISTEN OCTOBER 30
October 23, 2016 "On Being and Having" Malachi 3:8-12, Luke 12:13-21 LISTEN OCTOBER 23
October 16, 2016 "Good News for the Church" Ephesians 5:25-30, Micah 4:1-4 LISTEN OCTOBER 16
October 9, 2016 "Good News for the Unmarried"  1 Corinthians 7:8-11, 25-28, Ruth 1:6-18 LISTEN OCTOBER 9
October 2, 2016 "Good News for 'Those People'" Luke 6:17-25, James 2:1-9 LISTEN OCTOBER 2
 September 25, 2016
 "Good News for the Earth" Genesis 1:24-31, Romans 8:18-23  LISTEN SEPTEMBER 25
 September 18, 2016  "Good News for Seniors"  Ecclesiastes 12:108, Luke 2:25-38 LISTEN SEPTEMBER 18 
 September 11, 2016  "Good News for the Stranger"  Exodus 22:21-24, Mark 7:24-30 LISTEN SEPTEMBER 11 
September 4, 2016 "One Gospel"  1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Galatians 1:6-12 LISTEN SEPTEMBER 4
August 28, 2016 "The Harlot" Ezekiel 16 LISTEN AUGUST 28
August 21, 2016 "Jonah: An Intergenerational Worship Experience" No podcast this week. We were in the courtyard with a wading pool.
August 14, 2016 "The Vineyard" Isaiah 5:1-7; Mark 12:1-12 LISTEN AUGUST 14
August 7, 2016 "One Great Day of Singing": Musical Service No podcast this week
July 31, 2016 "Unready and Unwilling" Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 14:15-24 LISTEN JULY 31
July 24, 2016 "The Rotten, Ungrateful Son" Luke 15:1-32
Due to a technical problem, 
no podcast
July 17, 2016 "Parables on Prayer" Luke 18:1-14 LISTEN JULY 17
July 10, 2016 "The Generous Master"  Matthew 20:1-16 LISTEN JULY 10
July 3, 2016 "The Merciful Muslim" Luke 10:29-37 LISTEN JULY 3
June 26, 2016 "Ways to Look at Talents"  Matthew 25:14-30 LISTEN JUNE 26
June 19, 2016 "Parables of the Kingdom"  Matthew 13:3-9, 24-33, 44-50 LISTEN JUNE 19
June 12, 2016
"Between a Hard Place and a Rock" Luke 9:18-23. Rev. Charles Strong
(No text. Only available on podcast.)
LISTEN JUNE 12
June 5, 2016 "On Youth in Church" Jeremiah 1:4-8; 1 Timothy 4:6-12 LISTEN JUNE 5
May 29, 2016 "Individual Transformation" Joshua 24:14-15; John 1:35-51 LISTEN MAY 29
May 22, 2016 "Belonging" Deuteronomy 7:7-11; John 15:12-27 LISTEN MAY 22
May 15, 2016 "Obedience" Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 5:17-20 LISTEN MAY 15
May 8, 2016 "Wonder" Job 38:1-18; Matthew 6:25-34 LISTEN MAY 8
May 1, 2016 "Drooping Hands, Weak Knees"  Hebrews 12:7-13 LISTEN MAY 1
April 24, 2016 "Reconciled by Death"  Hebrews 9:6-14 LISTEN APRIL 24
April 17, 2016 "Once Saved, Always Smug"  Hebrews 6:1-12; 10:26-31 LISTEN APRIL 17
April 10, 2016       "Reconciled by Life"  Hebrews 2:5-18 LISTEN APRIL 10
April 3, 2016 "Drifting Away" Hebrews 2:1-4; 5:7-9 LISTEN APRIL 3
March 27, 2016 EASTER "Resurrected Community" John 21:1-17 LISTEN MARCH 27
March 20, 2016 PALM SUNDAY "From Triumph to Courage" Mark 11:1-11; 14:32-50 LISTEN MARCH 20
March 13, 2016 "Effective Service . . . or Bureaucracy" John 9:18-38 Because of an audio problem, there is no podcast this week. See the printed text at left.
March 6, 2016 "Engagement with the World . . . or Moralizing"  John 9:1-17 LISTEN MARCH 6
Feb. 28, 2016 "Conversation . . . or Doctrine"  John 3:1-21 LISTEN FEB 28
Feb. 21, 2016     "Community . . . or Judgment"  John 4:5-30 LISTEN FEB 21
Feb, 14, 2016 "When Church Gets in the Way"  Acts 4:13-20 LISTEN FEB 14
Feb 7, 2016 "Who Do You Say"  Matthew 16:1-8 LISTEN FEB 7
Jan 24, 2016  "Gospel Stories" LISTEN JAN 24
Jan 17, 2016 "John (Wesley)'s Story"  2 Corinthians 5:18-21 LISTEN JAN 17
Jan 10, 2016 "Paul's Story"  Acts 28:1-29 LISTEN JAN 10
Jan 3, 2016 "Witness Me"  Romans 1:8-17 LISTEN JAN 3
Dec 27, 2015 "Beautiful on the Mountain" Isaiah 52:7-10 LISTEN DEC 27
Dec 20, 2015 "A Joyous Announcement"  - Children's Christmas Program (podcast only) LISTEN DEC 20
Dec 13, 2015 Lessons & Carols 2015 (podcast only) LISTEN DEC 13
Dec 6, 2015 Report from Mission Guatemala (no text; podcast only) LISTEN DEC 6
Nov 29, 2015 "Courageous Compassion"  1 John 4:13-20; 2 Kings 6:15-23 LISTEN NOV 29
Nov 22, 2015 "The Opposite of Thanksgiving"  Matthew 21:33-44 LISTEN NOV 22
Nov. 15, 2015 "Grown Up Believing" John 6:60-68 LISTEN NOV 15
Nov. 8, 2015 "Grown Up Giving" Exodus 36:20-29 LISTEN NOV 8
Nov. 1, 2015 "The Sin of Forgetfulness" Ezekiel 16:43, 59-63 LISTEN NOV 1
 Oct 25, 2015  "Good, More, Better" Psalm 24:1-6. (Rick Churan preaching) LISTEN OCT 25 
 Oct 18, 2015  "Eternal Truth or Living Word?" Hebrews 4:12-13 LISTEN OCT 18 
Oct. 11, 2015 "Foretelling or Forthtelling?" Deuteronomy 18:9-20 LISTEN OCT 11
 Oct 4, 2015  "Instruction Book or Travel Journal?" from Ecclesiastes 1-3 LISTEN OCT 4 
Sept 27, 2015 "Description or Prescription?" 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 LISTEN SEPT 27
 Sept. 20, 2015  "Morality Tale or Story?" 2 Samuel 11-12 LISTEN SEPT 20 
 Sept. 13, 2015  "Science or Meaning?" Genesis 2:18-25 LISTEN SEPT 13 
 Sept. 6, 2015  "What Do We Do with This Stuff?": 2 Timothy 3:16-17 LISTEN SEPT 6 
 Aug. 30, 2015  "Look! I'm Preaching the Lectionary!": Song of Solomon 2:8-17 LISTEN AUG. 30 
Aug. 23, 2015     "All Creatures Great and Small"; Psalm 50:7-15 LISTEN AUG. 23
Aug. 16, 2015
"His Story; Our Story" LISTEN AUG.16
Aug. 9, 2015 "The Beginning of the Story": Mark 15-16 LISTEN AUG. 9
Aug. 2, 2015 "Remember Me": Mark 14 LISTEN AUG 2
July 26,
2015
 "Jerusalem": Mark 12-13 LISTEN JULY 26
July 19, 2015 "Bring Me the Children": Mark 10-11 LISTEN JULY 19
July 12, 2015 "Transformations": Mark 8-9 LISTEN JULY 12
July 5, 2015 "Bread": Mark 6-7 LISTEN JULY 5
June 28, 2015 "The Healer": Mark 3-5 LISTEN JUNE 28
June 21, 2015 "The Beginning of  Good News" Mark 1-2
June 14, 2015 Youth-Led Worship "New Light" (DVD available from Office by request) DVD available
June 7, 2015 "The Story of the Son"  Philippians 2: 5-11 LISTEN JUNE 7
May 31, 2015 "The Story of the Father": Hoses 11:1-9  (Trinity Sunday) LISTEN MAY 31
May 24, 2015 "The Story of the Wind" (Pentecost Sunday)  LISTEN MAY 24
May 17, 2015 "Comforting Well": Romans 12: 9-18 LISTEN MAY 17
May 10, 2015    "Grieving Well": John 11: 11-37  LISTEN MAY 10
May 3, 2015 "Dying Well": Philippians 1: 18b-26 LISTEN MAY 3
April 26, 2015 "On Subduing the Earth": Genesis 1: 27-31 LISTEN APR. 26
April 19, 2015 "Living Well": Ecclesiastes 6:1-12; 8:14-15 LISTEN APR. 19
April 12, 2015 "Can We Talk About This?": Ecclesiastes 3: 9-11, 18-21 LISTEN APR. 12
April 5, 2015 "Surprising Life": John 20: 1-18 LISTEN APR.5 
March 29, 2015 "Inappropriate Behavior": Matthew 21: 1-17 LISTEN MAR. 29
March 22, 2015 “Acts of Justice”: Matthew 5:38-48 LISTEN MAR. 22
March 15, 2015 “Acts of Compassion”: Matthew 5:21-24; 6:2-4 LISTEN MAR. 15
March 8, 2015 “Acts of Devotion”: Matthew 6:1, 5-6, 16-18 LISTEN MAR. 8
March 1, 2015

“Acts of Worship”: Matthew 26:17-30

LISTEN MAR. 1
Feb. 22, 2015 "Means of Grace": Mark 12:28-34 LISTEN FEB. 22
Feb. 15, 2015 "In and Of the World": John 3: 16-17; 17: 9-19 LISTEN FEB. 15
Feb. 8, 2015
"A Faithful People": Daniel 6: 1-23 LISTEN FEB. 8 
Feb. 1, 2015
"A Comfortable People": Isaiah 56: 3-8  LISTEN FEB. 1 
Jan. 25, 2015 "A Comfortable People": Jeremiah 2: 4-13 LISTEN JAN. 25
Jan. 18, 2015
Jan. 11, 2015  "An Oppressed People": Exodus 3:1-12 LISTEN JAN. 11
Jan. 4, 2015  "A Minority People": Genesis 34 LISTEN JAN. 4
Dec. 28, 2014 “The Search for Meaning” Exodus 30: 22-33 LISTEN DEC. 28
Dec. 24, 2014 Christmas Eve "His Own Knew Him Not” Luke 2: 1-7 LISTEN DEC. 24
Dec. 21, 2014 “Children's Christmas Story: A Faith Quest” annual Christmas Program audio not available
Dec. 14, 2014 Lessons & Carols Service, Jubilate Bells, Chancel Choir LISTEN DEC. 14
Dec.7, 2014 “Why Do We Sing at Christmas?” Colossians 3:12-17 LISTEN DEC. 7
Nov. 30, 2014 "Imagining Incarnation" John 1:1-14; 1 John 4:1-3  LISTEN NOV. 30
Nov. 23, 2014  "Giving Thanks and Giving Back" Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (no text) audio not available
Nov. 16, 2014 "America's Got Talents" Matthew 25: 14-30; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18  Rev. Dan Dick (no text available)  LISTEN NOV. 16
Nov. 9, 2014 “The Gospel according to Sir Gawain” Mark 8:34-36 LISTEN NOV. 9
Nov. 2, 2014 Feast of the Joyous Souls," Revelation 7:9-17, Memorial Sunday LISTEN NOV. 2
Oct. 26, 2014 “The Gospel According to Huckleberry Finn” Romans 5:6-11 LISTEN OCT. 26
Oct. 19, 2014 “The Gospel According to Harry Potter” John 15:12-13; Eph. 6: 10-12; Psalm 56: 1-4 LISTEN OCT. 19
Oct. 12, 2014 “So What Is Prayer?” Mark 14:32-42 LISTEN OCT. 12
Oct. 5, 2014 “Community Prayer” Matthew 6: 5-23; Psalm 124 LISTEN OCT. 5
Sept. 28, 2014  “Prayers of Contemplation” Luke 10: 38-42; Psalm 19  LISTEN SEPT. 28
Sept. 21, 2014  “Prayers of Honesty” Psalm 109:1-20 LISTEN SEPT. 21
Sept. 14, 2014 "Pray without Ceasing” 1 Thess. 5:17; Lamentations 3:21-24 LISTEN SEPT. 14
Sept. 7, 2014 "What Is Prayer (Not)?” Matthew 21:18-21; James 5:13-18 LISTEN SEPT. 7
Aug. 31, 2014 "Horrid Little Inventories"  Romans 12:1-8 LISTEN AUG. 31
Aug.24, 2014 Wilderness: from Numbers and Deuteronomy (Foundations series) LISTEN AUG. 24
Aug.17, 2014 Covenant: Exodus 16-36 (Foundations series) LISTEN AUG. 17
Aug.10, 2014 Passover: Exodus 4-15 (Foundations series) LISTEN AUG. 10
Aug. 3, 2014 Moses: Exodus 1-3 (Foundations series) LISTEN AUG. 3
July 27, 2014 Joseph: Genesis 37-50 (Foundations series) LISTEN JULY 27
July 20, 2014 Jacob: Genesis 23-36 (Foundations series) LISTEN JULY 20
July 13, 2014 Abraham: Genesis 11-22 (Foundations series) LISTEN JULY 13
July 6, 2014 Beginnings: Genesis 1-10 (Foundations series) LISTEN JULY 6