Contributed on Jun 26, 2017
The Lord is our Shepherd who provides for us and protects us.
Psalm 23:1-6 “Cared For” INTRODUCTION Flocks of sheep were abundant in the countryside of Israel; they were an everyday encounter. People had seen sheep in action and they knew that sheep were somewhat helpless against predators and a little on the stubborn side. People were also well ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2017
The Psalmist has faced crisis situations in his life. Through all his troubles God has been with him, heard his prayers, and rescued him. The Psalmist praises the Lord for what God has done and now faces the future with a strong faith, courage and peace.
Psalm 30:1-12 “God’s Healing Power” INTRODUCTION As parents we all want to protect our children from threats, problems and harm. However, even if we are the greatest of helicopter parents we are unable to achieve this goal. Our children will encounter difficult times, failure and pain. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2017
Holy Communion is meant to bring us closer to God and to each other, and not separate us.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 “Doing It Right” INTRODUCTION Do you remember the school days of “Lunch Box Envy”? I do. My mother firmly believed that all school lunches should be packed in an ordinary brown paper bag. Metal lunch boxes with Roy Rogers, Sky King, Buck Rogers or Mighty Mouse ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2017
God created by word light and life. It was all good.
Genesis 1:1-4, 20-24, 26-27; 2:1-14 “It’s All Good” INTRODUCTION There are times when our practical jokes and pranks can be somewhat cruel. In my high school class, there was a girl who was a bit of a hypochondriac. She always thought she was coming down with some malady. On those rare ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2017
Jacob gets a blessing by trickery, flees, dreams of a ladder with angels ascending and descending. He then receives God’s promise.
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 “Unworthy Recipients” INTRODUCTION There are many Biblical figures that I admire. Jacob is not one of them. Personally, I like the prophet Samuel. He is portrayed in the Scripture as a man of integrity and without guile. I think King David was a great ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2017
Loving our neighbor (those in need) is at the center of the teachings of Jesus. God meets our needs abundantly and asks us to share those blessings and love our neighbor.
1 John 4:5-12 “Giving is … Loving Neighbor” INTRODUCTION We are on disaster overload. Monday morning we woke up to the news that the worst mass shooting in United States history had taken place in Las Vegas. A week ago we were dealing with the devastation in Puerto Rico, which was ...read more
Contributed on Nov 1, 2017
We respond to God’s grace when we look beyond ourselves, see the needs of others and strive to met those needs.
James 2:8, 14-17. “Giving is Helping Others” INTRODUCTION We come to the fourth and final Sunday of our Stewardship Emphasis Program. Within the theme “Giving Is ...” we’ve highlighted that giving and stewardship is “Praising God,” “Loving Our Neighbor,” “Serving Jesus,” and “Helping ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2017
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream is the Lord's cry through the prophet Amos. God desires that everyone experience the abundance of God's creation and the fullness of God's kingdom.
Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24. “The Cry for Justice” INTRODUCTION What makes a good worship service? We all have our opinions. Some would say that great worship is when we sing familiar hymns and the worship band rocks. Others would argue that they need a sermon that they can understand and ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2017
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The burst of light, God's presence, is the basis of our hope.
Isaiah 9:1-7 “The Birth of Hope” INTRODUCTION Certain things in life are absolutely necessary. Air is one of them. We need air to breathe. We need water, also. Humans can only live about three days without water. We also need hope. Life without hope is difficult, if not ...read more