Sunday, April 30, 2017

Strange co-workers

Strange co-workers
Scripture: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 — God shows no partiality We are taught to tell others about Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness as well as to pray that as many people as possible both tell and hear the Good News. But what do we do when the teller is not someone we recognize as a co-worker? What do we do if we are called to listen to a stranger to hear Jesus better? Can God truly be active in anyone? Even Italian soldier named Cornelius? Like the disciple Peter we have to learn to hear Good News from any of God’s children! listen view

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's our time now.

  • Matt 28: 16-20 — Make disciples of all nations
This is the moment of transition from discipleship to mission and ministry. The scripture captures the final commissioning where the disciples are called and empowered by Jesus to do as Jesus did. Their mission is to spread the good news, to teach, and to heal. The Stewardship theme this year is “Knock, knock…believe, seek, share.” This is the great commissioning. But beware the lure of such power, and stay grounded in the spirit of discernment and the social gospel.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Deep Hope for the World

Psalm 118: 19-24
Matthew 28: 1-10

As people we are living in a time of deep darkness, and uncertainty, but this is not the end of the story, for we see and we enter a great light. This light will show us a way through conflict, the light of Christ gives us a new vision of a world where we are engaged, where we come together, where we find a way to remove the stumbling blocks of people seeking power for themselves. Through the practice of truth telling, forgiveness and prayer we find ourselves able to respond to the hurts of the world in community rather than isolation. There is deep hope for this world and that hope rests in Jesus Christ.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Into the City, following Jesus

·   Matthew 21: 1-13       The Triumphant Entry
We conclude our Lenten journey by taking our first steps into another expedition:  this one into Holy Week.  We get to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with singing and palm leaves waving in the sky.  We get to hear him cry out for justice and ponder what we are called to cry out.  We prepare ourselves for Holy Week, for challenges lie ahead and we need not face them alone.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The end result is transformation!

  • Matthew 25:31-46 . The Judgment of the Nations

Photo by Albert deVos at the 2016 Oliver Community Festival outside of R-W. 

As a part of the body of Christ we need to remember that it is not enough to simply survive. We thrive by living out the gospel together. We are called to remember what Jesus said: “When you did it to one of the least of these, my family, you did it to me.” When we trust in God, speak the truth and engage in passionate conflict, we are moved to commit to actively participating and waiting for the kingdom of God to be realized. As we reach out to one another in hospitality and compassion, our hearts will be transformed and the body of Christ will thrive in a world that is starved for meaning and most importantly love.
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