We had a Guest Preacher at Redeemer on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Thomas Fedorka is a member of Redeemer’s Lay Preaching Team.
The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi coincidentally coincides with the visit of Catholic Pope Francis. Pastor Cindy talks about the original St. Francis in her sermon. Although born into a wealthy family, St. Francis devoted himself to poverty, and spreading the Word of God. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God. It is said that he even preached to the birds, calling them his ‘little sisters’. On St. Francis of Assisi Day, we remember that God blesses us with the earth, the sun, the moon, and all animals great and small.
Jesus’ teaching and action in Mark 9:30-37 are directed to the church whenever it is seduced by the world’s definition of greatness: prestige, power, influence, and money. The antidote to such a concern for greatness is servanthood.
In this week’s gospel from Mark, we learn that Peter was the first to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but he cannot accept that, as the Messiah, Jesus will have to suffer. Listen to Pastor Cindy’s sermon & learn more.
The Rev. Cindy Jacobsen began her ministry with Redeemer in January 2014. Prior to coming to Redeemer, she was a Pastor for over 20 years in two different countries, from Nashville, TN to Kitchener, ON. Aside from a Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, she also has a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care/Counseling from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. She has served in Specialized Ministry counseling agencies in Tennessee and Ontario, and is currently licensed to practice Marriage and Family Counseling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts