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  • Fourth Of July America Your Bone & Flesh

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jul 3, 2021
     | 603 views

    For the church in the USA, the Fourth of July is always problematic. While not a religious holy day, there is an expectation from many that at least some recognition of the day is required So this sermon looks at Freedom and ralationship.

    Your Bone & Flesh SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B MARK 6:1-13 When I think of the term Flesh-n-Bone what comes to mind is the Rapper. Born Stanley Howse and known to his fans as Flesh-n-Bone, this Ohio-bred hip hop artist rose to fame as a member of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony this young man ...read more

  • "and Yet" Fathers Day Sermon

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jun 20, 2021
     | 149 views

    This year for Father’s Day we need to acknowledge the messy world in which we live. And Yet Jesus is capable of stilling the Storms in our relationships. Jesus says Peace Be still!

    This year for Father’s Day we need to acknowledge the messy world in which we live. People are struggling; people are hurting; our brothers and sisters of color are dealing with systemic racism and the economic effects of white privilege. The pandemic still has our economy reeling and many ...read more

  • Being Renewed (Graduation Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jun 5, 2021
     | 240 views

    We think home is a place of renewal. We think we can go home and rest. And we can, but only if our focus is right. Home won’t renew us, won’t build us up, unless the focus of our home is on the One who raises us into a new kingdom, a new reality.

  • Born Of The Spirit (Trinity Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 29, 2021
     | 464 views

    This is the first Sunday after the Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is the beginning of the Year. So this sermon is a journey. It is also the church’s birth story and as some have said the mini Bible sermon.

    Main text: Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost to honor the Holy Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although the word “trinity” does not appear in Scripture, it is taught in Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 (and many other biblical passages). The concept of the trinity ...read more

  • Spirit Poured Out (Pentecost Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 22, 2021
     | 1,087 views

    Pentecost worship is about joy, and the invitation is to let the Spirit be poured out on “you” is plural. It was because they were gathered together that this happened. This is a Devine hug of welcome and Joy.

    Sermon “What does this mean?” This is a story of the Spirit poured out—like water from a pitcher or from a hose. Yeah, from a hose, with a thumb pressed against the opening so it shoots across the yard and soaks the giggling, screeching children who are running with glee from the icy spray but ...read more

  • We Are Yours Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 15, 2021
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     | 474 views

    The scripture references listed are for Ascension Day (May 13, 2021) and can be used for worship on May 16. These notes are based on the Gospel reading for Sunday, May 16: John 17:6-19.

    This prayer that John record is a prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples. The part that includes us happens just after our text for this week. But we can be included anyway. Jesus is praying for us! What an amazing thing. Set this thought alongside the idea of Ascension. Jesus is leaving, ...read more

  • Abide In Me, Living The Resurrection Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 1, 2021
     | 652 views

    We are practicing this abiding in Christ as we worship together with the hope that it will continue after the benediction is pronounced and the postlude ends.

    Like the good shepherd of last week’s text, this week’s image of the vine is another extended metaphor, which also borrows from and adapts Old Testament imagery for Israel. Whereas the Synoptic parable of the vineyard is a story of violence and greed (Mark 12:1-12), this image of the vine is one ...read more

  • Listen To My Voice Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Apr 25, 2021
     | 394 views

    The real question for us today is not, “Will God speak to me, to us today?” Instead, will we listen for that voice that is speaking? Jesus doesn’t say, “Listen and maybe I’ll have something to say.”

    On this Fourth Sunday of Easter as you look at the lectionary the gospel lesson shifts from historical recounting of the events following to resurrection to Christological reflection. The goal is to assist us as we, like Mary and the disciples, seek to understand what happened and is happening to ...read more

  • Touch And See Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Apr 18, 2021
     | 632 views

    In the sermon this week Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being.

    THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B In the sermon this week Jesus is trying to ground the disciples’ faith in the reality of his presence, in the concreteness of his being. He told them to touch him; he ate in front of them. He was announcing that he was real. Jesus was doing something else when he ...read more

  • Life After Death Easter 2021

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Apr 4, 2021
     | 499 views

    “Life After Death” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68) Acts 10:34-43. The Message

    Sermon: The first Easter was a wrecked scene of dispirited disciples in the shadows of an insurrection. This year Easter falls on April 4, the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. That early spring evening in 1968 was ten days before the Feast of the Resurrection. In 2021, the second ...read more

  • Do Good!

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 4, 2017
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     | 5,195 views

    I think when you look at this text in the Prophet Micah what is going on he is preaching against the reality of business as normal. The Is a sermon that challenges the idea that the beliver can be faithful to God and not do the work of Justice

    Do Good, Micah 6 Micah was one of those eighth-century prophets (along with First Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea) who had the unhappy call "to declare to Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin" (Micah 3:8). The problem, in Micah's view (not to mention God's) was the failure of God's people to ...read more

  • "Fix Me, Jesus”: O Lord, Fix Me

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 4, 2017
     | 12,248 views

    What Does it mean to allow jesus to be the controlling force in your life and to live like Jesus is in controle

    “Fix Me, Jesus”: O Lord, Fix Me Scripture Focus: Genesis 45:1-15, 50:15-21 45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so ...read more

  • 24 Legacy New Day New Hero

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 2, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,832 views

    The aim of this Sermon is to help you better understand the events that occurred during the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life, see more clearly the God Spoken Importance of Christ’s suffering and death, and reflect upon the meaning of these events.

    JESUS IS BELIEVED to have died at the age of 33 after a life of approximately 12,000 days. The Gospel writers devoted most of their work to just 1,100 or so of those days, the last 3 years of his life; and their primary interest was in one particular day—the day he was crucified. This 24-hour ...read more

  • Jesus Teaches The Lawyers Neighbor Hood Skills

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jul 10, 2016
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     | 3,924 views

    In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that is overwhelmed with anger, grief, frustration, and despair. We have to address these issues.

    Jesus Teaches the Lawyers Neighbor Hood Skills Scripture Lesson Luke 10:30-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan) This parable is packed with invisible truths of our lives. Jesus Teaches the Lawyers Neighbor Hood Skills Scripture Lesson Luke 10:30-37 (The Parable of the Good ...read more

  • Can A Black Man Change His Color

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Feb 27, 2016
     | 9,813 views

    This is a Black History Sermon based on the idea of idolatry and race. The prophet Jeremiah, in no uncertain terms, goes on to declare to Judah, the ancient people of God, that just as there is no desire on the part of either the eye-catching leopard

    February 28, 2016 BMCR Sunday Black Pride Sunday Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Jeremiah 13:20-27The Message (MSG) 20-22 Look, look, Jerusalem!     Look at the enemies coming out of the north! What will become of your flocks of people,     the beautiful flocks in your ...read more