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Jesus warns his disciples that the status quo is about to be turned upside down. God is coming to do God’s work. We must keep alert.
God gives not only enough for ourselves, but that also wherewith we may supply the wants of others, and this should be as seed to be sown. We must show the reality of our subjection to the gospel, by works of charity. This will be for the credit of our profession, and to the praise and glory of God. Let us endeavour to copy the example of Christ, being unwearied in doing good, and deeming it more blessed to give than to receive.
In order to affect positive transformation we need to live with an eternal perspective and submit moment-by-moment to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Haggai rallies the community for the task of restoration of the temple precisely because the temple serves a critical function in the community. Haggai sees God’s honor as the pressing argument for the restoration of the temple - not merely because God needs a house to reflect such honor, but rather because the state of the building reflects the people and their relationship with God.
All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. This Sunday we will honor those in our congregation who have finished the course of their labors and now rest with God.
Jesus tells a story of two men who went up to the temple to pray. One was a good, righteous Pharisee, and the other was a disreputable, deeply repentant tax collector. When the two men went home from the temple, one was justified and the other was not.
October 20 John 15: 1-17 Laity Sunday Joy OConnor Preaching
Centered around an analogy of a vine and its branches, the departing Jesus teaches about life and abiding in Him. By abiding in this way, Christians will bear the fruit of righteousness and salvation and maintain the relationships that bring glory to God.
October 13 Luke 17:11-19 Rev. David Atkins Preaching
Jesus heals ten people of dreaded skin diseases and only one comes back to thank him. 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Elisha the prophet heals Naaman even though he is a Syrian army officer.
In response to his disciples’ request, “Increase our faith,” Jesus tells two parables: the mustard seed and the dutiful servants.
Jesus, speaking to “money-loving Pharisees” tells the parable of the rich man and Lazarus whose roles are reversed after their deaths.
Jesus delivers a challenging parable about the shrewdness of a dishonest servant and follows it with several sayings about the nature of faithfulness.
When criticized for eating and drinking with sinners, Jesus tells the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.
Noting that great crowds are following him, Jesus challenges the crowd with some tough teaching about the cost of discipleship.
Jesus is an invited guest at a Pharisee’s house. While at the table Jesus gives instruction on whom to invite and how to conduct ourselves as participants in God’s coming kingdom. Jesus’s idea of proper conduct is at odds with conventional wisdom about human behavior.
God announces to Jeremiah that God has called him to be a “prophet to the nations” and gives him the words to speak.
Jesus comes with fire and division, pitting families against themselves, but the crowds cannot interpret the signs.
Because Jesus is returning, his followers must be detached from their possessions and ever watchful.
Jesus is asked to intervene is a dispute between two brothers about the distribution of their family inheritance. Jesus says, “Guard yourself against all kinds of greed.” Then he tells a parable of the rich man who was also a very foolish man.
“Teach us to pray,” asked Jesus disciples. In response, Jesus gave them a model prayer and also told them a parable about persistence in prayer.
Jesus visits at the home of his good friends Mary and Martha and there he instructs them.
Jesus tells the beloved parable of the man who, on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho, was robbed, beaten and left for dead, wholly dependent upon someone to save him.
Jesus sends out the seventy-two to perform his wondrous works in the world and to proclaim that “the kingdom of God has come near.”
On the road, Jesus teaches his disciples about the radical demands of discipleship.
In the land of the Gerasenes, Jesus encounters a terribly troubled man, rebukes the demons that possess the man, and restores him to health.
With Jews from every country of the world gathered, the Holy Spirit descends, enabling people to speak and hear each other, thus giving birth to the church.
Jesus, preparing to depart from his disciples, prays that all of them might be one.
Paul has a vision of people in need in Macedonia. While in Macedonia, Paul meets Lydia, a woman who is converted to faith in Jesus.
Peter is criticized by some in the church for going beyond the bounds of Israel, reaching out even to the despised Gentiles. He defends himself to the church.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
The risen Christ appears to his disciples after they had a disappointing night of fishing failure. He speaks to them and specifically calls Peter, “Feed my sheep,” telling him again, “Follow me.”
The disciples of Jesus, hiding behind locked doors, are surprised by the appearance of the Risen Christ. Jesus appears among them and greets them with, “Peace.”
John tells the story of Easter and the miracle that happened, as Jesus’ astonished disciples see the empty tomb. But Mary Magdalene lingers at the tomb and there she is encountered by the Risen Christ.
Jesus washes the feet of his disciples to show them that they must be willing to serve all.
Jesus is anointed, as if for burial, by a woman who loves him. Thus we are given a preview of the events that are to await him in the coming week.
Criticized for welcoming and eating with sinners, Jesus tells his parable of the lost sheep.
Jesus is confronted by the crowd with instances of tragedy. He responds by telling a parable of an unproductive fig tree that was given time to be fruitful.
Jesus is tested in the wilderness
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Jesus takes a couple of his disciples up a mountain, and there he is transfigured before them as a voice from on high proclaims the identity of Jesus.
At long last Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, the brothers who had done him such great injustice earlier. “I’m your brother Joseph!”
On a level place, Jesus preaches to his disciples, pronouncing God’s blessing upon some and the woes that are to come upon others.
Paul speaks to the Corinthians about the way of love.
Jesus returns to his hometown synagogue, where he reads from the prophet Isaiah, speaking of the coming messianic age. He surprises the congregation by saying that this scripture is fulfilled right now.
There is a wedding in Cana of Galilee. At the celebration after the wedding, when there is no wine, Jesus miraculously transforms water into wine. This was the first of his signs.
John the Baptist foretells the work of the Messiah and then baptizes Jesus. When John baptizes Jesus, the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in bodily form.
Guest Preacher Mary L. Decker, LCUMC Lay Member
Luke 1:39-45 Mary goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, and as the women see each other, songs of praise and liberation flow freely from them.
John the Baptist calls people to repent because the Messiah is coming.
Luke 21:25-36 Toward the end of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the end times, of signs and portents, saying, “your redemption is near.”
Colossians 1:11-20 Paul is emphasizing to the new Colossian church, that Christ is the head of the body, of the church, and presents them holy and blameless before God.
Matthew 23:31-46 Jesus tells a parable about sheep and goats to illustrate our responsibility to care for those in need.
Mark 12:38-44 Jesus denounces the scribes for their pretentious hypocrisy and elevates the poor widow's humble and authentic sacrifice in giving.
Revelation 21:1-6a John speaks of a new heaven and a new earth, where death will be no more, where there will be no mourning or crying.
Mark 10:46-52 Jesus warns of the need for decisive action in accord with the demands of the Reign of God.
Job 38:1-8 After being silent throughout the dialogues between Job and his friends, God finally speaks to Job out of the whirlwind. God does not answer their questions about Job's guilt or innocence, but rather speaks about the created order and contrasts what God can do with what humans are able to do.
Luke 12:22-34 Jesus tells his disciples not to worry about material things but to put their hearts to ministry in his name. Guest Preacher - Darin Arntson
A man comes to Jesus, and Jesus invites the man to follow him and become a disciple, but he goes away in sorrow after Jesus demands that the man sell all he has and give it to the poor.
Mark 9:38-50 Jesus’ disciples tell him of an unknown exorcist who, even though he casts out demons in Jesus’ name, isn’t one of them.
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a The Letter of James urges early Christians to seek the divine wisdom that comes from above.
Mark 8:27-38 Jesus turns to his disciples and asks, “Who do people say that I am?”
James 2:1-10,14-17 The Letter of James speaks of how to behave like Christians in the congregation.
James 1:17-27 All good gifts come from God, given to us as a sign of God’s love for us.
John 6:51-69 Jesus commands his disciples to “abide in me,” speaking of a relationship with himself that is nothing less than their food and drink.
Ephesians 5:15-20 Paul tells the Ephesians to make the most of the time, acting wisely amid the foolishness around them.
Psalm 130 The Psalmist speaks of God’s steadfast love and the power to redeem.
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13 After orchestrating the death of Uriah, David marries Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. The prophet Nathan tells a parable that moves King David to repentance.
John 6:24-35 Rev. Glenn Miller is our guest Preacher while Pastor Doug is on vacation.
Ephesians 2:11-22 The letter to the Ephesians tells new Christians that, though they were once Gentiles, “without Christ,” now they are “members of the household of God.”
Ephesians 1:3-14 From prison, Paul gives the scattered churches in Asia Minor a vision that will unite all things into Christ. Nothing is left out, for the cosmic vision of Ephesians encompasses heaven and earth.
Mark 6:1-13 Jesus experiences rejection in his hometown and then commissions his disciples to go forth to preach and to heal.
Mark 4:35-41 One evening, while Jesus and his disciples were crossing the sea together, there was a great storm and the disciples were afraid. “Do you not care that we are perishing?” they asked. Jesus stilled the storm, then asked, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Mark 3:20-35 Jesus is misunderstood by his followers, the crowds, and even his own family.
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 After the death of Saul, Samuel seeks out a new king for Israel, anointing David, the young son of Jesse.
Guest Preacher David Atkins reminds us of the true nature of God.
Acts 2:1-21 Gathered together in Jerusalem on the Jewish festival of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes upon the followers of Christ and propels them into the streets speaking the languages of the earth and astonishing the inhabitants of the city.
Pastor Doug traces the origins of Mother's Day and shares his personal prayers that may comfort, renew and strengthen a parent while raising children.
Acts 8:26-40 Philip is urged to go to the desert at noon. There he meets an Ethiopian who asks him, "What is to prevent me from being baptized?"
Guest Speaker Mary Decker reminds us of the "Living Hope" that resides in each one of us.
Psalm 23 This well known Psalm reminds us that God is willing to pursue us even into the valley of the shadow of death.
Luke 24:36b-48 The fearful disciples are surprised by the risen Christ coming and standing among them, commissioning them as his witnesses.
John 20:19-31 On Easter evening the disciples of Jesus gather behind locked doors. Despite their fears, the risen Christ comes to them and stands among them.
John 20:1-18 John tells of three
disciples coming to the empty tomb while it was still dark.
John 13:1-7, 31b-35 Jesus shares a last meal with his disciples and takes on the role of a servant and washes the disciples feet.
John 12:20-33 Jesus speaks of his impending death not as a defeat but rather as a triumph in which he will “draw everyone to me.”
Numbers 21:4-9 The Israelites become impatient, discouraged and lose trust in God. They begin to speak against God and Moses. As serpents are unleashed, they repent and ask for Moses to intervene with God on thier behalf.
John 2:13-22 Jesus clears the temple courts of the money changers.
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 God makes a covenant with Abraham, promising to make a great nation of him and Sarah that will bless all the other nations.
Mark 1:9-15 Mark succinctly reports the baptism and temptation of Jesus along with his first preaching in Galilee.
Mark 9:2-9 This is Mark’s account of Jesus’ strange transfiguration on the mountain before his astounded disciples.
Isaiah 40:21-30 God does not faint or grow weary. Those who wait on God will renew their strength and mount up with wings like eagles.
Mark 1:14-20 Jesus calls a group of people to be his disciples.
Eloise Boortz from the UMW teaches about the contributions of Esther and Dorcas.
1 Samuel 3:1-20 Samuel, the little boy working for Eli, the priest, is addressed by God one night.
Mark 1:4-11 Jesus comes to John who is baptizing in the Jordan River; Jesus is baptized by him, engulfed by the Holy Spirit, and proclaimed God’s Son by a heavenly voice.
Luke 2:1-20 The Birth of The Messiah
John 1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, witnessing to the advent of the light, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness, proclaims “good news” as the Gospel of Mark begins the story of the advent of Jesus. John’s good news involves a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 13:24-37 Jesus foretells a day when the world will be radically changed by the advent of the power of God in its fullness. “Therefore, keep awake,” warns Jesus.