Summer 2019

July 21/Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Text:                Luke 10:38-42

Message:         Holy Hospitality

In the familiar story of the conflict between Mary and Martha, Jesus isn’t going after Busy Martha, but Worried and Distracted Martha.  He is speaking to his dear friend who has worked herself into a state of anxious distraction over the meal she wanted to have for him.  In calling Martha to refocus, Jesus reminds us that hospitality is not primarily about food; more important is the focus.

July 28/Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Text:                Psalm 85

Message:         Speaking Peace

The Hebrew word “shalom” means more than just the absence of conflict.  It implies completion, fulfillment, a just sharing of resources and genuine concern for others.  What does it mean for God to speak peace to God’s people?  What does it mean for us to speak peace into our own lives and communities?

August 4/Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Text:                Luke 12:13-21

Message:         Dollars & Sense

The way we use money often reveals the true heart of a church, an organization, or household.  Money is always about more than money.  Our spending, our saving, and our general attitude toward material wealth are all invested with emotion and memories.  A capacity to trust in God can deepen only as other matters lessen their grip on our lives. Our worship will also include the celebration of Holy Communion. Come and join us at the Table of Our Lord.

August 11/Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Text:                Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Message:         The Undiscovered Country

Engaging the sweep of the biblical narrative from our earliest ancestors in faith to the earliest days of the church, we encounter in our text some of the mysteries of faith and the journey of a life of discipleship.

August 18/Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Text:                Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Message:         Can I Get a Witness?

The author of Hebrews seemed to know that one of our greatest discouragements is the feeling of being alone.  In our text, we are reminded that we follow in the footsteps of people who were unsure of what was ahead of them but were able to endure their hardships because they trusted in God’s presence and promises.  Ultimately, when we remain focused on Jesus, we are able to see the joy of life despite our sufferings along the journey.

August 25/Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Text: Luke 13:10-17

Message:         The Limits of Legalism

It’s easy to counsel someone else to be patient, when we’re not the one having to endure the suffering.  In the story of the woman who had borne her affliction for eighteen years, we find that the leader of the synagogue would rather enforce rules than offer release and relief.  Fortunately, Jesus rises above the boundaries of legalism to see the person in need of restoration.