09/17/2017

Sermon:           “Called to Share Forgiveness”

Theme:            We share a gift of forgiveness as we give forgiveness and enable others to know the peace of God in our words and actions.

Purpose:          The congregation will seek to intentionally practice forgiveness for others.

Scriptures:       Romans 14:1-12          We are in fellowship with one another to build one another up and to glorify God.

Matthew 18:21-35      The parable of the unforgiving servant and the king who forgave the accounts.

Questions:

How does our lack of forgiveness affect our relationship with God? Can one be a Christian without learning forgiveness? How do we learn to forgive, especially in places where hurt runs deep? Does forgiveness leave others unpunished? What is the impact bitterness and unforgiveness on our relationship with those who are closest to us? In what ways does abusiveness and violence rise up out unforgiveness?  What forgiveness do we owe God and what has God forgiven us?

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09/10/2017 Back to two services

Sermon:           “Called to Heal”

Theme:            We are called to be joyfully healed as we take part in God’s work of bringing light and healing to the world.

Purpose:          The congregation will reflect upon our common call and practices as we serve Christ.

Scriptures:       Romans 13:8-14          Love one another, awaken and clothe yourselves with light.

Matthew 6:9-15          In prayer, love and offer forgiveness.

 

Questions:

What difference does our prayer life make in our relationships? In what ways does connecting to God as our source of strength and supplying our needs free us to be loving and forgiving? How is it that anxiousness about the things we need causes us to be jealous, envious, and unforgiving?  In what ways are our selfishness and hostility causing us to miss out in the joy of relationships and healthy living? Are the myths of our own control and depending on our own strength robbing us of the fullness of what God would like to share with us?

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09/03/2017 9:00 AM (One Service) Labor Day Weekend Communion

Sermon:           “Being Ourselves, Being Christ”

Theme:            God created us to be in a relationship of serving and boldly giving ourselves so that we may be a part of God’s work.

Purpose:          The congregation will examine their own call to boldly follow Christ.

Scriptures:       Romans 12:9-21          Let love be Genuine, live peaceably with all.

Matthew 16:21-28      Jesus’ mission to sacrifice, those who seek to save their life will lose it.

 Questions:

What does it mean for us to “let love be genuine?” Are we able to be ourselves and to practice genuine love? Is it possible that our best self was designed to practice genuine love? What happens to our true self if we begin to practice and live a sacrificial faith? In what ways did the path the cross flow out of Jesus’ true self? How do we come to be ourselves and become Christlike in our relationships?

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8/27/2017 “Blame or Blameless” End of Sacred Cows Series

I hate to say it but the problem is you.

“Are you the sour milk”

Sermon:           “Are You the Sour Milk?”

Theme:            We have control over how we perceive and interact with the conflicts in which we are a part.

Purpose:          The congregation will take time for self-examination and seek to learn from the conflicts in which they have become involved.

Scriptures:       Ephesians 6:10-19       Put on the whole armor of God, we wrestle not with flesh and blood.

John 5:1-15     Do you want to be made well?

 

Questions:

What does it mean that we do not “wrestle with flesh and blood” but with spiritual powers?  What are the spiritual powers with which we are wrestling today? What are the battles and conflicts that we have experienced repeatedly? How can we come to see our own role in the conflicts and problems that we face? How do we answer the question: “Do you want to be healed?” What is our role in coming to see differently and learn through times of conflict?

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8/20/2017 Conflict – An Opportunity for Growth LMPC Healing Worship Service

The Udder Side of Relationships

Sermon:           “The Ways We Learn and Grow”

Theme:            God’s people have always had to go through periods of working through their differences in order to grow and move forward.

Purpose:          The congregation will appreciate healing and recognize growth through the process in which we have been engaged.

Scriptures:       James 4:1-12   Where do these conflicts come from?  Do not speak evil against one another.

Matthew 18:15-20      If another member of the church sins against you.

 

Questions:

In what ways have you grown spiritually through participating in the LMPC training and process? How have you come to see conflicts and disputes differently? What is the difference between seeking to “win” and seeking to grow in the love and knowledge of Christ Jesus? What is our mission in assisting those who are floundering in conflict and alienation in the world? In what ways to do we see working through differences and strong emotions to be a necessary part of growth?

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7/16/2017 Security Blankets and Good Luck Charms

“Milk it for all it’s worth”

Sermon:           “Insecurity and Security Blankets”

Theme:            Instead of creating “Sacred cows” we will find our security in the knowledge of God’s unending loving care for us.

Purpose:          The congregation will recognize their insecurities and begin to seek to set them aside.

Scriptures:        Romans 8:31-39          All things work together for those who are in Christ, if God is for us, who can be against us?

Matthew 14:22-36      Jesus walks on the water to the Disciples, who are struggling in the boat.  The people want to touch the fringe of his cloak.

 

Questions:

How do we respond to the anxieties and fears that are with us over long periods of time? What roles do “good luck charms” and other attachments play in our lives? In what ways do we enable fears to dominate our lives? In what ways do we lack trust in God’s love or willingness to care for us? What are the ways in which we can remind ourselves that God’s love is with us? What can we do to break our dependence on superstitions and other crutches for dealing with anxiousness and fear? What is a healthy understanding of anxiousness and fear for Christians?

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7/9/2017 “Putting on A New Self”

God clothes us in a robe of being valued for ourselves.

Sermon:           “Putting On an Identity of Love”

Theme:            We are constantly pushed to show importance, power, influence, and success but real happiness and security is found in clothing ourselves with compassion, humility, and above all, love.

Purpose:          The congregation will become sensitive to their need to be noticed and important so that they may seek instead to find love and peace.

Scriptures:                    Matthew 6:28-30        Consider the lilies of the filed.

Colossians 3:12-17      Above all clothe yourselves with love.

 

Questions:

What shapes the way we think of ourselves? In what ways do we allow our “self” or identity to be given to us by others? In what ways do we have a solid self that holds onto our value and purpose? What role does love play in our values? In what ways do we allow superficial things to determine how we feel about ourselves and the attitudes we hold towards others? What impact does the tendency to make judgements about other people’s appearance make on ourselves and our own relationships?

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7/2/2017 Sabbath – God Says You Deserve a Day Off Communion

Sermon:           “Working and Living”

Theme:            We become slaves to our work and anxieties about proving ourselves worthy, and as a result lose the precious gift of being God’s capable people.

Purpose:          The congregation members will consider what they do that is important to relationships and focus on those things.

Scriptures:       Exodus 20:8-11           God commanded to rest on the Sabbath.

Luke 13:10-17 Jesus heals on the Sabbath.

Questions:

Why is it so many of us do not have a healthy balance between work and rest? What causes us to think that somehow neglecting our health and our family is pleasing to God? What lack of inner strength leads us to obsessively worry about work and money? How do we learn to honor sabbath without becoming legalistic about it? What can we change in our lives to be healthier in our relationships with our family and with God?

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6/25/2017 The Cost of Loving Money

The way in which money decides what we think about ourselves.   “moolah”

Sermon:           “Cash Cows”

Theme:            Money becomes an idol which can dominate our hearts, lives, and thinking.

Purpose           To create an altitude of freedom from money.

Scriptures:       Ecclesiastes 5:10-20    God has given wisdom in taking pleasure in what we do for labor and be in relationships which are healthy.

Matthew 6:19-24        You cannot serve two masters, where your money is, there your heart will be also.

 

Questions:

What does it mean to be a “lover of money?”  How does our relationship with money affect our way of seeing ourselves? How does our feelings about money affect our spiritual life? In what ways do we seek to serve money and to serve God?  How do we go about the process of putting our money in service of God? What role does sacrificing our feelings about money have in developing our healthy relationships with God and the people we love?

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6/18/2017 The things that Own Us; Identifying Our Slavery to Things.

“Cow-nt Your Blessings”

Sermon:           Slaves to Golden Calves

Theme:            We become slaves to those things that become more precious than our relationship with God.

Purpose:          To make the congregation aware of the condition of being slaves to possessions.

Scriptures:       Exodus 20:1-6 You will have no other gods or idols.

Luke 18:18-30  The story of the wealthy young man.

Questions:

What does it mean to put God first in our lives? In what ways are we prone to make idols to replace God?  When Jesus asked the rich young ruler to sell everything, was this a command to us all or an invitation specifically for this particular individual?  What would have happened if this young man had embraced Jesus’ invitation? What is meant by the “iniquity of parents” carrying out to three or four generations but blessings going to the thousandth generation?  How do we embrace the gift of living free of slavery to our possessions and enjoy our possessions in a healthy way?

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6/11/2017 Introduction to Idols Beginning our Sacred Cows Series

Sermon:           “Chewing the Cud”

Theme:            We create idols that enslave us and separate us from God out of our loss of direction and need for control.

Purpose:          The congregation will begin to be sensitive to the idols we have created.

Scriptures:       1 Corinthians 10:14, 23-24, 31-33      All may be lawful but not all is right.

Exodus 32:1-6,            Moses is with God, and the people form a Golden Calf.

Questions:

What is an idol?  How is it that we make things so important that they get in the way of our relationships?  Why is it we never have time to pray, to worship, or to reach out in love? What has happened so that our priorities have lost the focus on knowing God? How would our lives be different if we focused our time and energy in ways that supported our health and knowledge of God?  In what ways are the sacred cows running our lives?

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6/4/2017 Pentecost Graduation Sunday, Communion

Sermon:           “Sent With God’s Spirit”

Theme:            We are given the power of God’s own Holy Spirit so that we may have the power to accomplish what we are created to fulfill.

Purpose:          The congregation will seek to see themselves as empowered by God and to use that power.

Scriptures:       John 20:19-23 The Resurrected Jesus shows himself to the disciples and sends them with peace.

Acts 2:1-21      The winds of Pentecost turn fearful disciples into bold people to share the work of God to all of the world.

Questions:

What difference does the Holy Spirit make in our lives today? What difference does having power from God make for those who are moving or going through major changes in their lives?  What difference does it make to us that we are empowered and commissioned by God?  How do we tap into that power from the Holy Spirit?  As our young people graduate, how are they like the disciples, being empowered to go new places and speak new languages?

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