Celebration Archive

This Side of Easter: The Name of the Good Shepherd — April 22, 2018

April 24, 2018 @ 11:04 am

The text is from Acts 4: 5-12 but we backed up a little to include Acts 4: 1, and annoyance of the Religious Authorities.  

The focus is on Peter and his transformation.  He is done denying Jesus.  

Who are we in this scene?  The status quo?  The change?  The listeners who go with the SQ or change?  The questions are directed individually and corporately.  

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This Side of Easter: Resurrection Remembered — April 15, 2018

April 18, 2018 @ 11:03 am

 

Acts 3 -- Mario looks at Peter (and John) who focus on remembering Jesus as resurrected.  What does it mean indeed to live on this side of Easter?  Part of it of course is to remember "he is risen, he is risen indeed."  Mario relies on N. T. Wright for part of his settling down points.  Tom Wright has made a visit or three to Hilltop ... great source for helping us frame our conversations.  

I also like how he used Acts 3 to be a place to talk to 1 Corinthians and Paul.  I like illustrations from the scripture!   

"All of my eggs are in that basket!"  

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Christmas Eve, 2017

December 26, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

 

This is my Christmas Eve reflection.  Bonhoeffer meets Ebenezer Scrooge with a little help from other sources.  

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Pastor Mario — last Sunday in October, 2017

December 20, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

 

The Reverend Mario Alejandre returning to Hilltop to close out our Stewardship Campaign for 2017.  Mario is a Lutheran who sounds like a Methodist.  Gifted.  Truly.  

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Bishop Karen — To Love Like Jesus

October 23, 2017 @ 9:26 am

 

Bishop Karen Oliveto was at Hilltop for the Rocky Mountain Conference United Methodist Women, and we ask her to stay over an extra day, and she graciously consented.  This sermon is drawn from John 15 and the command to love each other.  Let me know if you have trouble with hearing  Bishop Karen uses a wide range of vocal dynamics, and parts may need a little bit of an electronic boost in Garage Band, which is what I use to create this.  

We also sang after the Sermon -- "Draw the Circle Wide" -- which is what Bishop Karen is addressing in her benediction.  

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Stewardship Reflection #2

October 2, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

 

Stewardship Message #2 -- focus on the transformative elements of the Building ... Curtis Crichton is our Senior Trustee

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Stewardship Reflection #1

October 2, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

 

Setting the stage for the Stewardship time -- Ministry Moments -- for the Fall.  

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Narrative Lectionary — God Provides in the Wilderness

October 2, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

 

Exodus 16: 1-25 -- a quick trip in the wilderness focusing on needs and how God provides.  Points toward John 6 -- Jesus as the Bread of Life.  The Children of Israel sit in the wilderness between already and not-yet, slavery and freedom.  God will provide ... 

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Narrative Lectionary — Called by God

September 28, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

 

Exodus 3 -- Moses is called, and he balks.  I treated this as "Good News, Bad News" but being called by God is actually good news, because God will be with us on this journey.  

From minute 1 to minute 6 is a Ministry Moment on how we are going to do Stewardship this Fall.  Heart talk!  

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July 23, 2017, Luke 15, Part IV, Our Prodigal Father

July 23, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

Pastor Mario concludes our 4-week series on Luke 15 by examining the encounter between the older son and his Father. While we often attribute the word prodigal to the younger son in this parable, it is the Father who gives sacrifically of himself on a lavish and generous scale. He loves both sons equally, they are both confronted with his unconditional love. The younger son is now enjoying the celebration the Father throws after receiving back 'safe and sound.' What will the older son do when his Father entreats (pleads) him to come, celebrate and join the party? 

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