“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

Matthew 6:24-34 A very familiar phrase found in what is traditionally called “The Lord’s Prayer” is “give us this day our daily bread.” Here at Noe Valley Ministry we refer to it as the “Prayer of Jesus.” In the version we’ve been reciting recently, a translation by the Quaker writer, … Read More

“Jesus, This Is Really Hard to Do!”

~ Matthew 5:38-48/Leviticus 19:18/Deuteronomy 19:16-21 ~ My sermon title today can be said in two different ways. One is as a prayer: “Jesus, this is really hard to do.” The second is, if you will, as a profane exclamation: “Jesus, this is really hard to do!” For here we have … Read More

Anger Issues

~ Matthew 5:21-26/Psalm 119:1-8 ~ We continue our journey through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Two weeks ago, we considered the Beatitudes, about how the Kingdom of God is for those who do justice and those who experience injustice. Last Sunday we talked about how we are salt and light … Read More


~ Matthew 5:13-16 ~ It’s made of two of the most volatile elements on earth. Drop a lump of sodium in a bucket of water and it will explode with enough force to kill. Chlorine is even more deadly. It was the active ingredient in the poison gases used in … Read More