May 7, 2017 – Jonathan Chute – “Signs of Life”
The gospel for this Sunday continues the story of the church in its earliest days. The first followers of Jesus are still living in Jerusalem, where they gather often in the temple. They break bread together in their homes, where their worship is warm and welcoming. There is generosity and sharing with anyone in need. They are growing in the knowledge and love of God. They are making a difference in the world. It is a picture of the kind of community which people hope to find even today. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Signs of Life,” is Acts 2:42-27.
May 14, 2017 – Jonathan Chute – “Chosen”
Our scripture comes from a time of distress for the growing Christian movement. The Roman Empire has become increasingly hostile toward them. Some have left behind parts of their old lives, others even their families, as they have decided to follow the way of Christ. The writer of this letter wants them to know that they are a part of something important. God has chosen them. Now that they have found a home in this new family, they will be a sign of welcome and hope for others. 1 Peter 2:2-10 is the text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Chosen.”