Sunday, June 30, 2013

Facing Jerusalem

Scripture:

  • 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Elijah ascends to heaven
  • Luke 9:51-62 Would-be followers

Sermon:

Facing Jerusalem
Jesus decides now to go to Jerusalem. He proceeds with tremendous determination, because a moment of destiny is at hand. He calls his disciples to follow with a brutal urgency. Who is this One, moving so unwaveringly toward the fulfillment of his mission? How was it to be among his followers at this moment? What places in our lives are our Jerusalem?
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Soul Longing

Scripture:

  • 1 Kings 19:1-15 Elijah at Mt Horeb
  • Galatians 3:23-29 Heirs according to the promise
  • Luke 8:26-39 Gerasene demoniac

Sermon:

Soul Longing
We have a longing, deep in our souls, for the presence of God and for God's will to be done on earth. Our longing is met by the Promise: this is our rightful inheritance. Now, the evil that stands in the way falls to the power of Christ. How do we see the power of evil failing in our world? How do we express our longing? How do we proclaim what God is doing for us?
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Too far? Not far enough? Or Just right?

1 Kings 21:1-21a Ahab desires Naboth's vineyard.
Luke 7:36-8:3 The woman with the alabaster jar; the woman who support Jesus.

Materialism and consumerism frequently leads us on a path which leaves us wanting more, never feeling we have enough, it leads us on the path that King Ahab found himself on - the path of greed. King Ahab and Jezebel go too far in meeting their own desires. The gospel lesson shows us an alternative path, a path of giving, a path of sharing, a path of compassion and justice where the Holy Spirit is at work, where giving with abundance leads to a path of fulfillment, love, healing and wholeness. It's time to find the balance where what we have is enough and life is just right.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Knock knock! Who's there?

Jeremiah 1:4-19 Jeremiah's call and vision.
Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given.

Today we will hear the story of a young boy, Jeremiah, who was called by God to be a prophet. Each of us has been called by God, and today we celebrate all the ways that God's spirit has moved among us and caused us a pray, as we share our learning, and the stories of our faith with one another at this point in our journey of faith. So be prepared to make a joyful noise, knock on the door, and ask God -- What's next? This was a whole family service that was very interactive and thus there is no recorded sermon.