July 2 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

July 2 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

A Perfect Storm Acts 27 In September 1991, the sword fishing boat, The Andrea Gail, returns to port in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with a poor catch. Desperate for money, Billy Tyne (The Captain), convinces the crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition. They head out past their usual fishing grounds, leaving a developing thunderstorm, behind them. Initially unsuccessful, they head to the Flemish Cap, where their luck improves. At the height of their fishing the ice machine breaks; the only way to preserve their catch is to hurry back to shore. After debating whether to sail through the building storm or to wait it out, the crew decide to risk the storm. However, between the Andrea Gail and Gloucester is a confluence of 2 powerful weather fronts and a hurricane, which the crew of Andrea Gail underestimate. After repeated warnings from other ships, the Andrea Gail loses her antenna, forcing a fellow ship to call in a Mayday. An Air National Guard rescue helicopter responds, but after failing to perform a midair refuel, the helicopter crew ditch the aircraft before it crashes, and all but one of the crew members are rescued by a Coast Guard Vessel, The Tamaroa. The Andrea Gail endures various problems; with 40-foot/12 meter waves crashing on to the deck, a broken stabilizer ramming the side of the ship, and two men are thrown overboard. The crew decides to turn around to avoid further damage by the storm. After doing so, the vessel encounters an enormous rogue wave. After attempting and failing to ride over the wave, the stricken fishing vessel capsizes...
June 25 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

June 25 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

What makes the Foolish Wise? 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 I don’t know about you, but over the spring I became somewhat fascinated with all that is going on in Washington D.C.  We seem to be a new era of both public political portrayal and news coverage.  As I watched different news anchors pry information out of our politicians, I became aware of an interesting change in the way that they respond to each other.  It goes something like this:  News anchor A asks politician B a question.  Then politician B reframes the questions and answer a question that was not asked.  That particular technique in debate is called of course “REFRAMING” like reframing a picture by placing the piece of art in a completely different frame so that it appears different than it did before and it falls into the category of Logical fallacies. I sit there as I watch these debates shouting at my television as if it could hear me saying, “Just answer the question”.  Then they go on to miraculously find a way to mention all of the pertinent legislature that they have written, passed or voted on.  Then I end up thinking “OK you are smart, you got elected, you know how to run a campaign, but if you can’t answer the question you look rather foolish.  And the last thing that we want are foolish leaders.  But is it really?  Or do we need to stretch our definition and understanding of those two words, to find that in the world of Faith and of Paul, they may have completely different definitions. Sometimes the wisest among...
Being Thankful by John Paulson

Being Thankful by John Paulson

I know it is not anywhere near Thanksgiving, yet the subject of giving thanks is on my mind. Actually I began to think about it when we had Father’s Day at my daughter’s house last week.  Our granddaughter graduated from Noblesville High School earlier this month, and received many presents.  As a good granddaughter should do, she prepared thank you cards for the gifts she received.  We had given her two photo books that I made on SHUTTERFLY; one was a picture book of each year until she was sixteen; the second was a picture book made up of pictures of her 2017 prom.  We also hinted that there was another present to come. After Father’s day dinner while we were all sitting around the table on the deck, it was time for Father’s Day gifts.  Several cards and packages came my way, and I opened them and found a Starbucks Card and a polo shirt from Taylor University (where she will be starting in the fall) and hand-made cards from the three grandchildren.  There also was one small envelope that I opened.  The front of the printed card said “THANKS”.  I opened it, and in her handwriting read aloud: Grandma and Grandpa, Thank you for the books and She immediately said:  “Grandpa, you weren’t supposed to get that yet!” We all laughed, and she took the note back, and it wasn’t mentioned again. Only later did I start thinking about that card and giving thanks, and I thought that she knew that Grandpa and Grandma were going to come through with another gift as promised.  She had confidence...
June 18 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

June 18 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

A Good Example 1 Thessalonians 2:1-17 Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2017 Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz   Do you remember some of those workshops you might have gone to back in the days of your youth? That may be easier for some of us than for others.  But they often started off with this round table or round the circle discussion or answer to a different sets of questions.  One of the questions I always remember was, who is one of your heroes?  I am sure that they were getting at who were the living models of faith or heroism that we might choose to model our lives after.  Some of the people would give the names of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi for this was after all the mid 1970’s.  And there would also be a group of wise guys who would say things like: Superman or Spider man, or Wonder woman. Today of course we might answer that question quite a bit differently. Who are the people who made a difference in our lives?  What makes a person a good model to follow? I suppose that if we were going to answer that question honestly, it would be that a number of different factors can make us what we are.  Education may be part for we have a tendency to respect certain levels of education.  Success may be another qualification, for we believe that successful people have a lot to offer those who are trying to be successful.  Could it be the trials that a person had to overcome in life that make them who...
Advent Labyrinth Walk

Advent Labyrinth Walk

A community event on Sunday, December 3 at 6:00PM with live music. The powerful experience of walking a labyrinth is a simple and accessible way to expand your worship, during a busy season. Join us to experience the Advent Labyrinth with candlelight and ​live music. ​The labyrinth will also be open for individual experience at these times,​  Monday, December 4, Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM with electronic music and...