7/27/2014 Every Day Hospitality: Random Acts of Hospitality

Sermon: “Spontaneous Acts of Kindness”
Theme: By living in Christ’s love and practicing Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness, Christians develop an orientation towards reaching out in kindness and spontaneous acts of grace that make a difference in lives.
Purpose: The congregation will understand that there is a goal
Scriptures: Luke 8:43b-48 Jesus heals the woman with the blood.
1 Corinthians 13 Love is patient, love is kind.

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7/20/2014 Hospitality to Creation: Knowing Creation Relationally.

Sermon: “Hospitality to the Earth”
Theme: Christians see the earth and land as a precious gift from God and respond to the land with love and compassion.
Purpose: The congregation will grow in commitment to caring for the earth and will be more unified in concern for sustainable living.
Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-2:3 God created humanity to be responsible and to create balance.
Psalm 8:1-9 Humanity created as a part of the glory of all creation.

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7/13/2014 Hospitality to Enemies: Extending Generosity through Non-Retaliation

Sermon: “Breaking Bread With Our Enemies”

Theme: Mature Christians grow stronger and wiser through making peace where there has been conflict and grow in forgiveness through practicing love which heals conflict.

Purpose: The congregation will commit to practicing forgiveness and forgiving those with whom they have been in conflict.

Scriptures: Matthew 5:39-48 – Do not resist evil, Romans 12:17-21 Overcome evil with good. Psalm 23:4-5 The Lord prepares a table before us with our enemies.

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6/29/2014 Hospitality to Neighbors: Becoming the Merciful Neighbor

Sermon: “Being a Merciful Neighbor”
Theme: Relationship with neighbors are a spiritual practice of openness and acceptance while continuing to be concerned and supportive of those who are near us.
Purpose: The congregation will link their prayers and faith with how they treat the people they see every day.
Scriptures: Romans 15:1-7 Welcome your neighbor, bear with their weakness.
Luke 10:25-37 – who is my neighbor, the story of the Samaritan.

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6/22/2014 Hospitality to Family: Offering full Presence to Those Closest to Us

Commission Mission Team
Sermon: “Respect and Appreciation for Those Closest to Us”
Theme: The discipline of healthy respect grows our ability to be healthy in our family relationships as we grow and change through the years.
Purpose: The congregation will affirm the disciplines of respect and hospitality rather than taking family for granted.
Scriptures: Ephesians 5:21, 6:1-9 Children obey parents, powerful care for less powerful.
Matthew 18:1-6 “Who is the greatest?” Jesus says to welcome the child.

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6/15/2014 Hospitality to Self: Inviting the Authentic Self

Sermon: “As You Love Yourself”
Theme: We develop a relationship of love and compassion for others that flows from our intimate knowledge of God.
Purpose The congregation will link self-care with caring for others and be strengthened in their relationship with God.
Scriptures: Mark 12:28-34 Love the Lord your God, love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5:13-18 You were called to the freedom of living with love for your neighbor.
Questions:
What does it mean to practice hospitality to ourselves? Is it selfish to provide space for our own needs and health? When we talk about loving “Our neighbor as ourselves” what does loving our self require? How do we know when we are being honest about caring for ourselves and when we are being selfish? What does healthy hospitality for ourselves require? What is the result of providing healthy space and care for ourselves?

 

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6/8/2014 Hospitality to God: “Welcoming God’s Welcome”

Sermon: “Opening the Door to God”

Theme: Setting aside traditions and religious practices we focus on the relationship that God is asking to have with us.

 

Purpose: The congregation will recommit themselves to a relationship which welcomes God’s love and presence in their lives.

Scriptures: Revelation 3:17-22 I stand at the door and knock, God’s discipline is to love.
John 6:41-58 I am the bread of life, receiving Christ.

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June 1st 2014 “Changed by Hospitality”

Sermon: “Changed by Hospitality”

Theme: Christians practice hospitality as a fundamental part of their relationships and are changed by
the relationships.

Purpose: The congregation will come to see hospitality as a fundamental part of practicing our faith as
Christians.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:7-11
John 13:3-17, 20

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May 18, 2014

Sermon: “What to Keep, What to Toss?”
Theme: Faithfully we will not put anything in place of our relationship with Jesus as we grow in Christ.
Purpose: The congregation will become sensitive to the things that they substitute for faithfulness to Jesus and distractions that keep them from following Christ.
Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:2-10 Long for the Spiritual milk, and the “Stone that was rejected.”
John 14:1-14 Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”

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May 11, 2014 Mother’s Day

At the 10:30 service we will have the Children’s Musical:  “Sticky Notes and Bible Quotes.”  Also, at that service we will dedicate the Cross that has been placed on top of the sanctuary in appreciation of Ward and Marie Laiten.

 

At the 8:00 Service:

Sermon: “Resurrection Relationships”
Theme: Resurrection relationships are generous, compassionate, and founded upon forgiveness. If we are going to experience the fullness of the resurrection it is going to be mean putting Christ’s instruction above our own worries and concerns.
Purpose: The congregation will experience a call to rededicate their lives to putting faithfulness to Christ above all other competing concerns.
Scriptures: John 10:1-10 Entering by the gate, responding to the voice.
Acts 2:42-47 The life of the church.

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May 4, 2014

Communion will be served by Intinction.
Mission Moment: Compassion Sunday
Are we living in the resurrection or living as if the resurrection never happened – moving into a life that has experienced resurrection?

Sermon: “So What Should We Do?
Theme: The resurrection calls us to live as those born to eternal life, which is going to mean having to be open to changes in how we see our lives.
Purpose: The congregation will become aware of their expectations of death and instead begin to be open to replacing those expectations with God’s grace and presence.

Scriptures:  Luke 24:13-35 The Road to Emmaus
Acts 2:14, 36-41 Peter proclaims the gospel

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