Jan 27, 2019
Greater Gifts: Being Needy
Conventionally, the idea of being needy has negative connotations. However, we’d like to look at the idea of being needy from a different perspective: we need one another. Just as God arranged the members of our bodies, so God arranged the members of our communities. So this week, we put a positive spin on being needy.
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  • Jan 27, 2019Greater Gifts: Being Needy
    Jan 27, 2019
    Greater Gifts: Being Needy
    Conventionally, the idea of being needy has negative connotations. However, we’d like to look at the idea of being needy from a different perspective: we need one another. Just as God arranged the members of our bodies, so God arranged the members of our communities. So this week, we put a positive spin on being needy.
  • Jan 20, 2019Greater Gifts: Gifted For Others
    Jan 20, 2019
    Greater Gifts: Gifted For Others
    As we move from baptisms and remembering our baptism, we recognize that the gift of baptism is only the beginning. We should begin to discover, or if it has been a while, perhaps rediscover our God-given gifts — equipping us for a lifelong journey as disciples. We were redeemed for a reason, and we are given gifts to fulfill a greater purpose.
  • Jan 13, 2019Greater Gifts: Remembering our Baptism
    Jan 13, 2019
    Greater Gifts: Remembering our Baptism
    We have chosen to divide the season after Epiphany this year into two complementary series designed to equip congregations to “see all the people.” The first series focuses upon lifting up the gifts in the community and strategically acting together as one body with many interconnected parts. This body, then, works as a cohesive unit to reach out beyond the walls of the church and bring people to know and receive the love of God.
    The season after Epiphany almost always begins with a transitional Sunday—Baptism of the Lord—in which we encounter the narrative of Jesus’ baptism and John’s very dramatic description of baptism in Jesus’ name. The voice of God rings from heaven at Jesus’ baptism: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Lk. 3:22, NRSV). When we are baptized or gathered at the baptism of others, how do we hear God’s voice affirming each new member of God’s family? The second week contains Paul’s description of spiritual gifts—how the Spirit works in and through them and how we are gifted for being a part of the body of Christ with one another. A little bit of explanation is needed around the theme for week three, “Being Needy”: This phrase has a certain negative connotation that often relates to people who require a little more attention than others (we all likely know people like this). We would like to redeem the meaning by asserting that we all, regardless of our own gifts, need one another in order to be part of the whole body of Christ. The purpose of all these gifts is revealed in week four, in which the whole point of acting together is revealed—“having love,” which is the most important of the “marks of the new birth” (faith, hope, and love), as shared by both the apostle Paul and John Wesley.
  • Jan 6, 2019Prepare the Way: Find
    Jan 6, 2019
    Prepare the Way: Find
    Pastor David concludes his series Prepare the Way. This morning, using the example of the three Magi from the east, Pastor David guides the congregation into an understand of the grace of God.
  • Dec 30, 2018Prepare The Way: Search
    Dec 30, 2018
    Prepare The Way: Search
    The word for this week is “Search.” Mary and Joseph search for their lost child, Jesus. Jesus is on a search for answers; he is developing into adulthood, and—above all— discovering his mission as Son of God.
  • Dec 16, 2018Prepare the Way: Do
    Dec 16, 2018
    Prepare the Way: Do
    The third week of Advent is always an occasion of joy. With these Scripture lessons, however, comes an expectation that the people of God will “do” something to be a part of the inheritance promised to Abraham. Zephaniah instructs the people to “not let your hands grow weak” (Zep. 3:16), and John offers further teaching: “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Lk. 3:7-16).
  • Dec 9, 2018Prepare the Way – Refine
    Dec 9, 2018
    Prepare the Way – Refine
    Week two begins with the question from Malachi, “who can stand when he appears?” (Mal. 3:2), which serves as a hinge point from the “stand” imagery of the previous week. This Sunday’s emphasis address issues of justice, purification, and refining that will accompany Jesus’ coming.
  • Dec 2, 2018Prepare The Way: Stand
    Dec 2, 2018
    Prepare The Way: Stand
    The first week of Advent points directly at Christ’s coming. Even though there is some apocalyptic language, the overall tenor of this Sunday is one of hope and encouragement. Though fear and foreboding are significant elements of this event, Jesus says, “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). Signs will be given, and God’s people must be alert, constantly praying for strength, in preparation to “stand before the Son of Man” (Lk. 21:36, NRSV).
  • Nov 25, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Empowered
    Nov 25, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Empowered
    Pastor David delviers his concluding message focusing on the lessons we can learn from the Twelve Disciples (Based on John MacArthur's book "Twelve Ordinary Men). This morning, Pastror discusses how the apostles were empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost enabling them to do extraordinary thinggs even though they were simple men.
  • Nov 18, 2018Lessons of the Twelve: Matthew & Thomas – Transformed
    Nov 18, 2018
    Lessons of the Twelve: Matthew & Thomas – Transformed
    In the penultimate sermon in his sermon series studying the Twleve Apostles, Pastor David highlights Matthew and Thomas, two men whose lives were transformed by Jesus. They serve as a perfect example of how our lives can also be transformed.