August 13, 2017 — Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

"The Faith of our Feet"
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News!" Paul proclaims. Our feet are the great evangelizers--they take us to places where we proclaim the Good News. God has always called us to use our feet to proclaim the faith. But we aren't good with words, we say; and history reminds us that this is true. But God keeps calling us to use our feet. How do your feet help you proclaim the Good News?

August 6, 2017 — Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

"Starting Point"
God loves you. That's the basic premise of Paul's words today. We've heard this before, yet we need to hear it again. Because some times we fail to remember it or we believe we are worthy of God's love or we believe that we haven't done enough to deserve it. And Paul's words echo the reality of Jesus' life, death and resurrection--that God loves all of us and there is nothing that can separate us from God's love. Hearing it again and again focuses us on how we are to operate as Christians and as a church. God loves you--listen to this homily to hear it again!

Watch the video of the homily below. 

July 30, 2017 — Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

"Worthy to Pray"
Praying is hard. And what makes it harder is that there are barriers in our lives that reminds us that we aren't worthy to pray. Some barriers are individuals: we aren't smart enough, or we don't know what to say or how to say it. Others are communal: we don't look the right way or have enough money. But God constantly reminds us that we are worthy to pray--worthy to be in communion with God. And it happens when we take a deep breath--and the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf. You are worthy. Check out this homily and see what barriers we've created and how amazing God is at dismantling each of them.

Watch the video of the homily below.

July 23, 2017 — Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

"Admitting Our Participation"
In the beginning of Romans 8, Paul makes the claim that we are all a part of the Christian family —so that begs the question: what do you do now that you are a part of the Christian family? Hope, patiently, hope is what Paul invites us to do. That's hard and often leads us to pointing fingers at those who aren't hoping the way we think they should. In this homily, Ben explores the pitfalls of waiting as a family of God, while also lifting up the God-inspired invitations to hope for the impossible instead of focusing on the minutia.

Watch the video of the homily below.

July 16, 2017 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

"This is Your Family"
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," the Apostle Paul writes. That refrain highlights that Paul sees everyone within the Christian faith as a family and once you are in a family you can't get kicked out. Exploring this theme, Ben wonders what it looks like to be the family of God, paying attention to the joys and difficulties of living and worshipping together. Spoiler: it means we have to worry less about ourselves and more about God!

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Watch the video of the homily below.

July 9, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

"Acknowledging Sin and Grace"
"I do not do what I want but the very thing I hate," Paul writes. That is the reality of human experience and we overcome in with good habits, healthy living and faith; but what happens when those fall apart too? The acknowledgement Paul invites us to make is that we need God and God's grace in our lives. We can't do it alone. Ben explores this idea through trial and error in his own life and invites you to do the same.

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Watch the video of the homily below.

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?"

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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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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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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.