June 18, 2017 — Second Sunday after Pentecost

"Grace and Suffering"
The Apostle Paul calls us to "boast of our sufferings" as we "boast of our hope of the glory of God." That begs the question: how? It is my belief that we boast of our sufferings by reclaiming the deeply theological and invitational question: how are you? By asking that question and carving out space to answer it and listen to others' answer it we experience God's grace in our lives. In fact, we find that God meets us in that question and reminds us we aren't alone.

Watch the video of the homily below.

June 4, 2017 — Day of Pentecost

"Pentecost Worship Service"
The Holy Spirit descended like a tongue of fire upon the disciples and the women gathered in the upper room. From there it caused them to speak in the languages of the world and everyone gathered began asking, "What does this mean?" From there the church emerged through the power of the Holy Spirit to cause us to ask, "What does this mean?" as we gather as God's people to seek answers and walk with one another through those experiences when we ask, "What does this mean?"

Watch the video of the homily below.
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May 14, 2017 — Fourth Sunday After Easter

"We are Easter People: A Homily on the Ascension" 
What do we do when we are at a point where we are asking: what now? This is one of the questions any follower of Christ must seek to answer. In this story of Jesus' Ascension he reminds us that he won't be there with them in the flesh anymore, but that they have everything we need. In this homily we hear that saying, "We are Easter people" reminds us that we proclaim Jesus in all we do, particularly when we worship. As you watch this homily may you know that you are an Easter person and you have a call to live.

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Watch the video of the homily below. 

May 7, 2017 — Third Sunday After Easter

"Every Sheep Needs a Shepherd"
Elder Adam Schultz preached a phenomenal homily focusing on how all of us need a good shepherd and Jesus is The Good Shepherd God sent for each of us. (This video contains the entire worship service and the homily begins around the 22 minute mark.)

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Watch the video of the homily below.

April 30, 2017 – Second Sunday after Easter

"Process of Faith"
Immediately after Jesus meets the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, he vanishes; only to return in a dramatic way that "startles and terrifies" the disciples. Then through a process of faith that unfolds in a reformed worship service (did you know Jesus was Presbyterian?) Jesus sends the disciples out full of hope to share the Good News that Jesus has risen.

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April 23, 2017 — First Sunday after Easter

"Recognizing Jesus"
What will you believe? This question launches us on to the road with the disciples who are heading to Emmaus and ultimately into the house where Jesus makes himself known in the breaking of the bread. So do we find out what we believe on the road? Or in the breaking of the bread? Both, because in both places we are broken people in need of Jesus.

Watch the video of the homily below. 
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April 9, 2017 — Palm Sunday & Confirmation Sunday

Palm Sunday
In the video below, you'll see HMPC's choirs join voices to proclaim the words of Palm Sunday, "Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord." The homily is a reminder that God's voice is the true voice of love that joins our voices on Palm Sunday. Not only do we wave palms and shout, "Blessed is he," but our voices join the Pharisees as we say, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." All those voices are the voices of love that remind us that faith is best walked together as a community.

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Confirmation Class of 2017
Six Confirmands joined HMPC and the larger PC(U.S.A) on Palm Sunday. In this video below, the Confirmands make a public profession of faith and have hands laid on them that affirm the congregation's desire to walk with them in this new season of their journey of faith.

April 2, 2017

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"An Identity in Christ"
In the story of the blind man receiving his sight and Zaccheus receiving the honor of hosting Jesus for the night, we see the abundance of God's grace that is freely given to those who ask and seek it. But what about the crowds gathered around the blind man and Zaccheus? Are they just props in this story? Or do they also receive grace simply because they were present? In the giving of grace, God gives us an identity; some times that identity is bestowed upon us even if we aren't the main character.

Watch the video of the homily below.

March 26, 2017

"Will You Look?"
The rich man and Lazarus do the same thing every day. The results are startlingly different and they fill us with fear for what is to come. Hell or Hades or whatever we want to call it is a reality we can't avoid in this parable. So let's not avoid it, but not allow it to hold all the weight. Taking a look (following what Christ calls us to do in this parable) sheds light on how this parable is an invitation to see the world around us — the grace, the hell(s) and God. Will you look? Christ is asking.

March 19, 2017

"Going Home"
The majority of the time we focus on the negative attributes of each brother — and for good reason. What if we saw what they were doing (the good, the bad and the ugly) as a sign that God wants all of us — the good, the bad and the ugly in God's home? The brothers knew where they wanted to go — home; how they got there isn't the best path, but God finds a way to help each of us come home.

Watch the video of the homily below.

March 12, 2017

"See Here!"
We often use the technique of, "comma, but" when we want to say something hard to people. That technique softens comes after the comma so our words aren't so harsh. What we find is that Christ used a similar grammatical technique as we see with his words, "See here!" in the parable of the barren fig tree. And when we look at this parable we see that not only is Christ saying something hard to us (that we have to make decisions about barren trees) but that he wants us to be willing to have the difficult conversations in the first place. In this homily, Ben explores all these questions.

Watch the video of the homily below.

March 5, 2017

"Getting Off the Road"
We focus heavily on the characters in this timeless parable of the Good Samaritan. And what happens is that we stay on the road that makes us decide whether or not we are good people who help or bad people who avoid those on the road. Getting off the road occasionally helps us see the wideness of the road and that being a Christian isn't a one time thing, but a life we are called to live. Some times that life takes detours off the road.

Watch the video of the homily below.

February 26, 2017

"Descendants of Peter"
We are all descendants of Peter — the lovable, naive disciple who often fails at his attempts at great faith. Instead of talking about how he misses the mark, Rev. Ben lifts up Peter's life and witness as a reminder that we are the continuation of Peter's ancestors as we seek to be Christ's disciples.

Watch the video of the homily below. 

February 12, 2017

"The Big Questions"
"Are you the one to come, or are we to wait for another?" John the Baptist asks Jesus this question and it is central to our faith because it is our faith. We know God has come and will come again, but we still have doubts and are curious about what it means that Christ has come and will come again. Ben sits with this question and explores how it manifests itself in our lives as well as offering examples of when he's seen that Christ has come.

Watch the video of the homily below.
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February 5, 2017

"Scout Sunday"
On Sunday, February 5th, we celebrated the Cub and Boy Scout ministry HMPC supports. Within this video you'll see the whole service full of songs, hymns, prayers and meditation led by scouts and their leaders.

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