August Equipper

Due to GCI's Denominational Conference this month, this issue of "Equipper" has limited content. We'll return in September with a full issue. In the meantime, enjoy the conference and the rest of your summer! Kid's Korner: RCL-synced lesson plans Here is a resource you can use to prepare Children's Church or Sunday School lessons that are synced with the Revised Common Lectionary. RCL sermons for September Here are four sermons synced with the Revised Common Lectionary, covering the 13th through 16th Sundays after Pentecost (in “ordinary time” between Pentecost and Advent): - Sermon for September 3 - Sermon for September 10 - Sermon for September 17 - Sermon for September 24 In case you missed them last month, here... Read the article

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Sermon for September 24, 2017

Scripture readings: Ex.16:2-15 and Ps. 105:1-6, 37-45 (or Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Ps. 145:1-8) Phil. 1:21-30; Matt. 20:1-16 Sermon by Linda Rex from Mat. 20:1-16 GENEROSITY, FAIRNESS & GOD'S GRACE Introduction Last week, in the sermon from Matthew 18:21-35, we rejoiced in God's unlimited, unmeasurable forgiveness. Because of what Jesus has done in our place and on our behalf, there is no debt we owe to God. The debt has been cancelled! It's gone! Jesus, to whom all judgment has been given, left the judge's seat, came down, took our place and paid our debt in full. That is the reality. Yet, sometimes we live as though it's not. Instead of partaking of the tree of life, we feed from the tree of good and evil---living as though we... Read the article

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Kids Korner: RCL-synced lesson plans

[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="162"] Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives. (Proverbs 22:6)[/caption] Does your congregation follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) in its worship planning and preaching? If so, you might be interested in syncing your children's church (or children's Sunday school) lessons with the RCL weekly Scripture readings. To help you do that, the Episcopal Church publishes RCL-synced lesson plans designed for young (non-reading) children, older children and adults. You'll find them at http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/lessons/. These lesson plans follow the RCL with minor modifications. Adapting them for use in GCI would not be difficult. Note... Read the article

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Sermon for September 17, 2017

Scripture Readings: Ex. 14:19-31 and Ps. 114 (or Gen. 50:15-21 and Ps.103:1-7, 8-13) Rom. 14:1-12; Matt. 18:21-35 Sermon by Martin Manuel from Matt. 18:21-35 Immeasurable, Unlimited Forgiveness Introduction Our readings today address God’s justice, judgment and mercy. In justice, God judges our sin and in mercy provides forgiveness. He then invites followers of Jesus, who have received this forgiveness, to participate with Christ in forgiving those who have offended us. Our Gospel reading addresses two points about that forgiveness: 1) its frequency and 2) the relationship between divine and human forgiving. By looking at both, we'll gain greater appreciation for God’s forgiveness and how we can apply it in our relationships. ... Read the article

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Sermon for September 10, 2017

Scripture readings: Ex. 12:1-14 and Ps. 149 (or Ezek. 33:7-11 and Ps. 119:33-40) Rom. 13:8-14; Matt.18:15-20 Sermon by Ted Johnston from Matt. 18:10-20 and Rom. 13:8-10 EXHORTATION TO RADICAL GRACE Introduction In our readings today from Ex. 12, Ezek. 33, Rom. 13 and Matt. 18, we are confronted with the way of the Lord, which often is quite different and thus at odds with the way of the world. But a merciful God covers our sin (Ex. 12) and sends us teachers ("watchmen") who call us to a better way (Ezek. 33), which is the way of love (Rom. 13). That way is perfectly exemplified in the radical grace lived and taught by Jesus (Matt. 18). In today's sermon we'll focus on Matthew 18:10-20, which follows Matthew 18:1 where Jesus'... Read the article

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Sermon for September 3, 2017

Scripture readings: Ex. 3:1-15 and Ps. 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; (or Jer.15:15-21 and Ps. 26:1-8) Rom. 12:9-21; Matt.16:21-28 Sermon by Dustin Lampe from Matt. 16:21-28 and Rom. 12:9-21 TOTAL SURRENDER (part 2) GIVE IT AWAY! Note: this is part 2 of a 2-part series titled "Total Surrender." For Part 1 ("Give It Up!"), click here. Introduction In Part 1 of this series on Total Surrender, we looked at the passive side of surrender: Give It Up! Now in Part 2, we'll conclude the series by looking at the active side of surrender: Give It Away! We'll do so by examining the words of Jesus and Paul, seeing 1) the steps toward total surrender, 2) the actions of the surrendered life and 3) the peace that results. [caption... Read the article

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