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Matthew 22:1-14 Jesus tells a parable about a king who gives a great feast and invites his friends to join in the celebration. But those invited refuse to come, so the invitation is sent out again, this time to the “evil and good.”
In the aftermath of the horrific violence during the Route 91Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, we struggle to come to terms with the anger, pain and grief in trying to make sense of a senseless act. Through it all, God's grace abounds and the power of the Holy Spirit rises up to help us transform from fearful followers to faith filled leaders.
Matthew 21:23-32 Jesus tells a parable of two sons and a vineyard, enraging his critics by asserting that tax collectors, prostitutes, and other outcasts welcomed John and thereby would receive greater welcome in the kingdom of heaven than they would.
Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the parable of the laborers in the vineyard in which the master of the vineyard is shown to be incredibly gracious.
Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus instructs his disciples on what to do when they have been wronged by fellow disciples
Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus instructs his disciples on what to do when they have been wronged by fellow disciples.
Exodus 3:1-15 While keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Moses is surprised by the sight of a bush that burns with a bright flame but isn’t burnt up.
Guest Preacher David Atkins explores the myth of becoming obsolete as we age and the common struggle to stay relevant and useful within the church and society.
John 21:1-19 The risen Christ appears to Peter, calling Peter to love him by feeding his sheep. (Guest Preacher Mary Scifres)
Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus comes to his disciples in the middle of a storm and amazes and comforts them as they are in peril on the sea.
Matthew 14:13-21 Crowds follow Jesus out to a deserted place. There Jesus takes the food that the disciples have and blesses it. There is more than enough for the hungry multitudes.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Jesus tells a group of parables that portray the urgency and the decisiveness of the kingdom of God.
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 Jesus teaches many things in parables: the story of the weeds in the wheat, the parables of the mustard seed and of the hidden leaven, and other parables that illustrate the peculiar quality of the kingdom.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Jesus tells the parable of a farmer scattering seed who, despite the failure of most of the seed to take root, is eventually blessed with a great harvest.
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 The servant of Abraham recounts how, being sent by his aging master to find a wife for Isaac, the Lord led him to select Rebekah as Isaac’s wife.
Genesis 22:1-14 In a strange and frightening episode, Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mt. Moriah. Before his is able to do so, God provides a ram caught in a thicket as an offering.
Genesis 21:8-21 The story of how Hagar and her son Ishmael are saved by God.
Genesis 1:1-2:4a God creates the world and proclaims the creation “good, very good.”
Pentecost - Acts 2:1-21 The first apostles gather in a house to celebrate Pentecost. Their gathering is disrupted by a “violent wind” “from heaven.”
Psalm 23:1-3; Psalm 24:1-3, Matthew 17:1-2 Mary L. Decker guides us from fear to peace, rejection to acceptance, doubt to faith, failure to hope, weakness to vitality, sadness to joy, and finally from discouragement to purpose.
John 14:15-21 Jesus gives us his commands as a means of his continuing presence with us. Jesus, Lord of love, commands his disciples to love and gives them his Holy Spirit to enable them to obey his commands.
John 10:1-10 In contrast to the murderous, thieving destroyers, Jesus, the gate, provides sanctuary for the sheep. This sanctuary grants abundant life, pasture, and salvation for those who follow the Shepherd’s trustworthy voice.
Luke 24:13-35 On the way to the village of Emmaus, the risen Christ appears to his disciples.
John 20:19-31 The fearful disciples are gathered behind locked doors. The risen Christ appears to them and says, “Peace.”
Matthew 28:1-10 Early on Easter morning the women disciples go the tomb. At the tomb there’s an earthquake, and the stone at the door of the tomb is rolled away.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 The prophet Ezekiel is shown a valley of dry bones and told to ask for a holy breath to blow over the dead bones. The wind comes, and the bones are restored to life.
John 9:1-41 Jesus heals a man who has been blind from birth and thereby ignites a controversy among the religious leaders who dispute the healing.
John 4:5-42 On an ordinary day, in an ordinary Samaritan town, Jesus encounters a woman at a well and engages her in conversation.
John 3:1-17 One night, a powerful man named Nicodemus comes to Jesus asking questions. Jesus teaches the man who is himself “a teacher of Israel.”
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Though God gave the first woman and man a good garden, they succumbed to the temptation to disobey God and thereby lost their intended paradise.
Joel 1:1-2, 12-17 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 God’s prophet calls the people of Israel to a great day of national repentance in preparation for the day of the Lord’s coming. Jesus gives directives on true repentance, advising that when we repent we are not to “look dismal” but rather to repent in joyful obedience to the righteousness of God.
Matthew 17:1-9 Jesus leads some of his disciples up a mountain and there he is majestically, mysteriously transfigured before them.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Paul compares the church to a building that God constructs with Christ as the foundation, a temple in which the world can see what God can accomplish through the faithful.
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 On the plains of Moab, Moses delivers a sermon on the responsibilities of those who have been delivered from Egyptian slavery. Matthew 5:21-37 Matthew records a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus condemns both deeds and attitudes that separate us from our sisters and brothers and commends acts of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Matthew 5:1-20 Jesus calls his followers “salt of the earth” and light of the world” as he commissions them to be his representatives in the world.
John 1:29-42 Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee, calling disciples to join him in his work, promising his disciples who were fisher men that he will now teach them to “fish for people.”
John 1:29-42 John the Baptist testifies to Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Jesus then calls a couple of John’s disciples to follow him.
Matthew 3:13-17 When Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit proclaims from on high that he is the Messiah, the Christ.
Mary Decker - Lay Member