Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor Sermon Podcast
The Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor is a growing multi-ethnic, multi-generational, welcoming church that blends the vibrant faith of the historic Christian creeds with a sympathetic and discerning approach to culture.

Vineyard Christmas: Communion Homily :: Pastor Donnell Wyche, December 27, 2015

The Communion meal is a celebration that's meant to draw all Christians together, to remind us of what we hold in common, and to unite us. It's an enactment of a story that hopes to sustain and impart something powerful to us. And communion was anchored within the Passover meal, the annual retelling of the exodus, the liberation of the people of God from bondage, captivity, and slavery.

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Advent #4 - Love - Forgiveness: Love’s Litmus Test :: Pastor Donnell Wyche, December 20, 2015

Jesus has something to say to us about our enemies, those who hurt and harm us, something that at first blush seems so utterly laughable, so ridiculous, so out of left-field, many of us just flat-out ignore him. (Luke 6:27-31)

Implicit in the command to "love your enemies" is the command to forgive them as well.

Forgiveness for many of us can feel like it's entirely in the domain of God. Only God is able to forgive his enemies, certainly not us. When we enter into the text and we hear Jesus says, "Love your enemies," our first thought might be, "Okay, well, exactly who is my enemy?" We offer this objection because when we are hurt, we try to figure out the limits of our call to forgiveness. Is there anyone I can withhold forgiveness from?

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Advent #3 - God, the God who Forgives :: Pastor Donnell Wyche, December 13, 2015

From Shame to Joy: As we continue our Advent journey together, today let's reflect on the "great joy" that was announced by the Angel of the Lord to the shepherds who were out tending to their flocks: "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." (Luke 2:10)

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Advent #2 - Forgiveness Produces Peace :: Pastor Donnell Wyche, December 6, 2015

Saint Paul, the reformed new testament church planter writing to the church in Rome calls us to try to live in peace with each other (Romans 12:14-19).

In all of this, there is an implicit recognition that we don't already live in peace with each other. This is tragic. Theologians, seminarians, and pastors all have answers for this reality. For many, the simple answer is sin. We are all sinners and that's why we don't live in peace with each other. Of course they are correct in their assessment, but I think it's an incomplete assessment of the problem.

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Advent at Vineyard: Week 1: God-With-Us: Hope Through Vulnerability:: Anna Hillaker, November 29, 2015

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The God of Second Chances: The Book of Jonah, Part 4 :: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor :: Nigel Berry, Youth Pastor, November 22, 2015

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The God of Second Chances: The Book of Jonah, Part 3 :: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor :: Rev. Donnell T. Wyche, Senior Pastor, November 15, 2015

As we continue to spend time in Jonah, we are hoping to highlight and expose the story of the God of Second Chances.

Having received a prophetic message to preach against the wickedness and sinfulness of the Assyrian Empire, Jonah decides instead to flee from God by hopping a ship to Tarshish, clear on the other side of the world. God sends a storm to disrupt Jonah's plan to thwart God's mercy and compassion. The sailors trapped on that ship with him, under distress and out of options, realized that Jonah was the cause of the storm. After many failed attempts to reverse their fortunes, they resign themselves to toss Jonah overboard. God acting in his mercy and compassion sends a large fish to sallow Jonah. Jonah spends three days and three nights trapped in this whale before offering a prayer of thanksgiving. His expression of gratitude for life and connection to God, not to be mistaken for repentance or some kind of key to unlock his time-out, was a counter response to the bitterness that Jonah wrestled with. After all of this, Jonah is vomited on dry land. That's where we will pick up the story.

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The God of Second Chances: The Book of Jonah, Part 2 :: Rev. Donnell T. Wyche, Senior Pastor

Jonah flees because he believes that God is unjust. If Nineveh is evil, it should be destroyed. What's the point of delivering the message in person, except for giving the Ninevites a chance to repent? Did you happen to notice that the original prophetic message doesn't include a call to repentance for Nineveh? It's just a prophetic judgement against their wickedness and evil.

Jonah may very well be happy to go to Nineveh to preach against it, to announce their impending destruction, but Jonah had no interest in creating space for Nineveh to repent. How did Jonah know that God would forgive Nineveh if it repented, because all Jonah had to do was look around. He was a prophet in Israel during the rule of an evil king, and God was still blessing Israel in spite of its sin, so it didn't take much for Jonah to assume that the same mercy and compassion could be extended to Nineveh.

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The God of Second Chances: Jonah Sermon #1:: Pastor Donnell Wyche, November 1, 2015

This morning, I'm launching our four-part sermon series on Jonah, the story of the God of Second Chances. Jonah is the fifth in the collection of the minor prophets. Yet Jonah stands as one of the most familiar and popular books of the Bible--often finding its way into most children's bibles. Any familiarity with Jonah shouldn't cause us to quickly dismiss Jonah assuming its just a kid's story ignoring the rich complexity this story offers with notes of compassion, mercy, and second chances, all of which together nudge us towards reconciliation with ourselves, each other, and God.

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