What Are You Looking For?

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | January 15, 2023 John 1:29-42 Many years ago when I was single, I went on a date with a woman who told me she had a checklist of one hundred traits and qualities that she was looking for in a partner. Some were considered deal breakers, and…

Down to the Water

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | January 8, 2023 Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism changed the course of my life journey; literally. Twenty years ago, it was time to move on. There was no sense of finding greener pastures. Just the sense that it was time to follow the Spirit’s call to the next place….

Living In The Light

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | January 1, 2023 Isaiah 63:7-9 There was a time when we wished people, “Happy New Year!” and thought of it as a general holiday greeting. Of late, the greeting is more like a prayer of hope. We hope the year to come is better than the last…

Telling It Like It Is

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | December 18, 2022 Matthew 1:18-25 When I was in seminary, there were churches in the area that would call the school looking for someone to lead worship and preach, often at the last minute. My name was on the list. I was invited to lead worship on…

Get Your Hopes Up

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | December 11, 2022 Matthew 11:2-11 The older we get the more we learn how to deal with disappointment. I remember as a child being told, “Don’t get your hopes up.” It was a way of saying that if you aren’t hopeful, then you won’t be disappointed. But…

Season of Hope

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | December 4, 2022 Isaiah 11:1-10 and Romans 15:4-7 Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be…

By Your Endurance

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | November 13, 2022 Luke 21:5-19 There’s an old Twilight Zone episode in which a group of thieves steal a truckload of gold bars. They take it to a cave in the desert. They have the technology to put themselves into a state of suspended animation. The plan…

Call Me a Fool

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | November 6, 2022 1st Corinthians 1:18-25 One time I was at a three-day meeting. It was one of those meetings where ministers and church folk gathered for renewal. It was comprised of folks from what were called, “Priority Area Churches.” A priority area was defined as a…

There is Still A Vision

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | October 30, 2022 Habakkuk 1:1-4 & 2:1-4 When I began practicing karate, one of the early lessons I learned was that it hurts when you get hit. I was paired up with a guy who had a third-degree black belt; and he kept hitting me in the…

Common Ground

Sermon by Reverend Dr. John W. Mann | October 23, 2022 Luke 18:9-14 One day when I was three years old, I found a penny on the floor. I held it in my hand. I put it in my pocket. Two doors down there was a corner grocery with penny candy machines outside. I needed…