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.
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.

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.


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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