Sermon for June 28, 2020

Psalm 13:1-6 • Genesis 22:1-14 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 Our theme for this week is God working within our story. We see God working in the messy, imperfect world and the flawed human beings that live in it. Psalm 13 is a lament and then a restoration of faith that God will work within the circumstances, no matter how painful. Romans 6 talks about God working within us, with our diseased souls and bodies, to bring about health and wholeness. Matthew 10 tells about the humble story of Jesus sending out disciples—broken people among broken people—to speak the most important message in human history. Our sermon, “Here I am, Lord” is on the painful story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. Even when circumstances seem... Read the article

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Sermon for June 21, 2020

Genesis 21:8-21 • Psalm 86:1-10,16-17 • Romans 6:1b-11 • Matthew 10:24-39 The theme for this week is “we are never alone in our suffering.” In Genesis 21, we read the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, and our sermon outline titled “When You Suffer, I Suffer,” develops the idea of how our choices affect others and affirms God’s transforming presence in the middle of suffering. Psalm 86 illustrates our response to suffering. Jeremiah 20 and Psalm 69 remind us how we might blame God for our suffering even when we are believers. Romans 6 talks about how suffering is universal and how it can be transformative. Lastly, Matthew 10 asserts that we are never alone when we suffer, and that God is willing to suffer with us. When... Read the article

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Sermon for June 14, 2020

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 • Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 • Romans 5:1-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:8 This week the theme is God’s wild romance. Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 is the song of someone who has been lavishly blessed by God’s generosity. Romans 5 talks about God’s preemptive love that reached us while we were still sinners. Matthew 9 and 10 tell about Jesus sending out his disciples with the message of God’s love. Our sermon is from Genesis 18 and 21, which tell us the beginning of the story. The three strangers come to visit Abraham and Sarah and reiterate the promise of a dynasty from Abraham. Sarah’s scoffing laughter that eventually becomes joyful laughter tells us that God’s love is creative, joyful, unstoppable and wild. The... Read the article

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Sermon for June 7, 2020—Trinity Sunday

Psalm 8:1-9 • Genesis 1:1-2:4a • 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 • Matthew 28:16-20 This week’s theme is the Triune purpose for creation. In Genesis we revisit the story of creation as a witness to the God of Israel for all the world. Psalm 8 considers the creative works of God and his glorious intentions for humans. The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus’ instructions to carry the witness of the Triune God into all creation. In 2 Corinthians Paul encourages believers to strive towards the wholeness of peace and love found in the life of the Trinity. The End of the Line Genesis 1:1-2:4 NRSV Have you seen Disney’s remake of The Lion King? There’s a conversation in the movie that sets up nicely what is going on in our passage of... Read the article

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Introduction to Gospel Reverb

We are excited to introduce our new preaching podcast, Gospel Reverb. In each episode, host Anthony Mullins and a guest host, will unpack the RCL pericopes for the month ahead. You won’t want to miss these conversations. We believe Christ centered and gospel shaped preaching has the power to transform lives. Check out this introduction, and keep an eye out for the first episode dropping in June. Read the article

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Ministry Job Descriptions

People want to do a job well, but often don’t know what is expected of them. They don’t know what they don’t know. Clear descriptions of ministry roles give direction to fruitful ministry and mission. By Heber Ticas, Superintendent of Latin America At 27 years of age, I was a young man with a zeal for the Lord and a profound desire to serve Jesus and his Church. I had already been serving the church in children’s and youth ministry, and I was even given the opportunity to share the sermon from time to time. Then I was asked to become the assistant pastor of the congregation. We were only a group of forty to fifty people, but I was both thrilled and terrified. I loved the opportunity to serve with the Lord in another dimension,... Read the article

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Up, Up and Away with Jesus

A brief study of Jesus’ ascension By James Henderson, Superintendent of Europe Remember the song, “Up, Up and Away”? The lyrics said, “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon… For we can fly, we can fly.” When the 5th Dimension released the song in 1967, it captured the dreams of many people. If only we could get away from it all; if only we could fly, we might float above life’s problems. Let’s take off in our hot air balloon. Let’s sail above the clouds. The world would look less ugly from such heights. It would seem a nicer place compared to when viewed up close and personal. It sounds like a great escape. Jesus’ ascent to heaven, however, was not an escape to the heavens. It was not an attempt... Read the article

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The Life, Death, and Ascension of Jesus

A pastor’s journey into the glory of the ascension By Bill Winn, Pastor of Grace Communion Hanover, Virginia Nine years ago, I started coming to terms with my wrong-headed theology. I became ashamed of things I had believed and preached. Reading, like a man stranded on a desert island with only a library of Trinitarian thought to pass the time, I hungrily consumed every book I could get my hands on that focused on the Triune nature of God as the starting point for Trinitarian theology. I learned that nothing is more central to the Christian message than the news that Jesus has brought humanity into objective union with the Trinity. The Father, Son, and Spirit, before creation, determined that the life they share in unfettered mutual... Read the article

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