Sunday, March 16, 2014 2nd Sunday of Lent Physical Courage

Sermon: “The Heart of a Lion”
Theme: We develop the courage to act, or not to act as we learn the disciplines that God teaches us.
Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21 Do not repay evil for evil
Matthew 18:21-35 Forgive from the heart.

Questions: In what ways are we physically courageous? What does courage demand of our actions and our manner of caring for ourselves? What does courage have to do with forgiveness? In what ways is forgiveness an act of caring for our own lives? Does it take more courage to fight and enter into conflict or to end a conflict or a battle? How is courage a necessary part of creating peace?

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 1st Sunday of Lent Intellectual and Moral Courage

Sermon: “Growing a Courageous Heart”
Theme: Intellectual and moral courage begin from a relationship with God and grows into honesty, truthfulness, and kindness.
Scriptures: Matthew 5:33-37 Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Psalm 19:7-14 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (choosing what to fear)

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March 2, 2014 Communion

Sermon: “For Such a Time as This”
Theme: If we will hold fast to our faith, God will place us in circumstances where we can be used.
Purpose: To focus on developing courage and trust in God, even in the face of threats or loss of control.
Esther Struggled with choice between power and royalty, to do the right thing.
Scriptures:  Esther 2:9-11, 17-18; 3:12-14 Esther becomes queen, and finds herself needing to take the risk of interceding on behalf of her people.
                             Philippians 2:12-18 We are called to serve, holding fast to the Word and trusting.

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February 23, 2014

Sarah, Faith when life is out of control.

Sermon: “Faith When We Are Out of Control”
Theme: Sarah continued on, though she had no control over the situations in her life, and though she did not trust God at His word, she was still blessed by God.
Purpose: To understand faith is about being willing and offering ourselves to God, not being perfect.
Scriptures: Genesis 18:1-13 The Lord Appears to Abraham and Sarah, Sarah laughs at what is prophesied.
Hebrews 11:8-16 By faith, Abraham and Sarah were able to pursue their “homeland” and to see promises fulfilled.

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February 16, 2014

Moses Started out a “Basket Case” and struggled with what God wanted of him.
Sermon: “Moses: Called, but Not Qualified”
Theme: God accomplishes through us, not by our capabilities or by our luck, but by God’s intention and miracles.
Purpose: To learn to be faithful first, and then worry about the works that are at hand.
Scriptures: Exodus 4:10-17 Moses complains that he is not able to fulfill what God is asking of him.
Romans 8:26-30 God works through our weakness, we are destined to success.

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February 9, 2014

Elijah the Prophet Struggling with personal weakness and faith.
Sermon: “Weary and Faithful”
Theme: Elijah struggled with anxiety, fear, and was overwhelmed – God gave healing by giving him meaningful work to accomplish.
Purpose To see in Elijah that God equips even those who are suffering mental illness and terrible anxiety to be a part of the work of God’s grace.
Scriptures: 1 Kings 19:3-16 God speaks to Elijah in the midst of his despair.
Romans 8:31-39 Our outer nature is wasting away but we are renewed from within.

 

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February 2, 2014 Communion

Sermon: “Together, We Will Make It”
Naomi and Ruth Creating a New life out of ruin.
Theme: Practicing acceptance leads to strength and the ability to overcome loss.
Ruth 1:3-5, 14-22 “Your people shall be my people”
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 We are confident; we walk by faith and not by sight.
Purpose: If we will be open and accepting we will experience the love of God in relationships that sustain us;

Also:  “Souper Bowl of Caring”

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9:00 AM (One Service) January 26, 2014

Isaiah the Prophet The Mission of an unpopular message (what is success?)
Theme: We cannot measure success or what it means to be effective on the standards of the world but have to measure it on the basis of faithfulness.
Purpose: A challenge we all face is to take joy in faithfulness and choose carefully how we measure success.
Sermon: “Isaiah the Prophet” The Mission of an unpopular message (what is success?)
Isaiah 6:1-12 Isaiah’s Call
2 Timothy 4:1-5 Preach the message in season and out of season
Questions:
Was Isaiah successful in proclaiming God’s word because he was persistent in it or because he was faithful to the message? Why proclaim a message that no one wants to hear? What is the purpose of faithfulness if it isn’t going to make things work out for us? How do we know when we are preaching an unpopular message and when we are just being unpleasant ourselves? What do we need to sacrifice in order to be effective in sharing the message of God’s love? Are there people in our lives (family, close friends) to whom we cannot effectively be the conduit of God’s messages? Are there people who close their ears and refuse to listen today?

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January 19, 2014 8:00 and 10:30 AM

Theme: God calls us whether or not we are willing and prepared, our response is to speak from the heart.
Sermon: “A Real Son of a Shepherd”
Amos 7:7-17 Amos, the plumb line, and his calling.
1 John 4:1-6 Test the spirits, consider whether what you are hearing is from God.
Questions:
What makes a prophet? What are we supposed to do with those feelings and passions we have? Should we speak up when it might offend someone, or is that just being arrogant? How do we know when a message is from God? What type of abilities or qualifications should someone have before we believe them? Should we believe everything that someone we respect says? Is it okay that a person doesn’t believe everything that the pastor preaches? How do we know God’s word?

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sermon: David Powerful and Weak – Struggling with his own impulses.
Theme: David was powerful over so many things, other than his own impulses and personal weaknesses, which led him to be surrounded by pain and strife throughout his life.
Purpose: To recognize that we are at time gifted but always sinners; and though we pay the consequences for our actions, we are still loved and treasured by God.
Scriptures: Psalm 51:1-12 A Psalm of David when he sinned.
2 Samuel 12:7-12 Nathan Confronts David and his sin.

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December 1, 2013 First Sunday of Advent

Theme: The Miracle begins with a conversation between the voice of God and one who no but God would have noticed.

Scriptures:
Luke 1:26-38 The Angel appears to Mary Angel
Isaiah 7:10-16 The Sign, a young woman shall conceive;

Sermon: “Listening for Angelic Voices”

Purpose: Instead of allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by noisy voices calling out for shopping, drinking, and running, we listen to what God speaks to us about what is really important.

Questions:

What is an angel? Who is Gabriel (name means literally the “Strength of God”)? Why did God choose Mary? What does it mean to us that our relationship with Christ begins when the Angel of the Lord speaks to a peasant girl in an unimportant part of the world? Why does this story challenge us intellectually and at the same time mean so much to us? Do we believe in angels? What do we believe about the way in which God communicates to us?

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