July 1, 2018 – Jonathan Chute “Crossing Over”
In this week’s gospel Jesus crosses back over the Sea of Galilee. He has spent some time among the gentiles and now returns to his own people. In his travels he reaches out to those on both sides of the deepest cultural divide of his day. As he brings healing and hope to others, he shows that no one is outside the reach of God’s grace. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Crossing Over,” is Mark 5:21-43.
July 8, 2018 – Jonathan Chute “Going Home”
When Jesus returns to his hometown, those who knew him from early on have a hard time hearing what he has to say. In the face of their resistance it seems he can hardly accomplish a thing. Soon afterward he sends his disciples out to carry on his work in other places. He tells them how to handle both welcome and rejection on their journeys, because they are bound to experience both. Mark 6:1-13 is the occasion for Jonathan’s sermon, “Going Home.”