8/26/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Strange, but True”
Sermon – Strange, but True
John 6: 51-60. In this week’s gospel, Jesus speaks of himself as living bread that has come down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread, he says, will live forever. While the words sound familiar and beautiful to us, some followers who heard him turned away and left. When Jesus asks the twelve whether they, too, want to leave, Peter, as spokesman, says “no.” As strange or hard as Jesus’ words may sound, the disciples realize that Jesus embodies the holiness of God.
Scripture – John 6: 51-60
8/19/12 – John Kwan and SSP – 8/19/12 – “God is Love”
Sermon – God is Love
1 John 4: 7-19. In the first of the three letters of John, the author of this passage addresses God’s very own nature. Rather than choosing “God is Power” or “God is Eternal” or “God is King,” the author chooses, “God is Love.” In this passage, the author lovingly refers to his audience as “beloved” and explains how the love of God has been revealed in our world. As we follow along, we learn just how powerful love can be. It is even more powerful than our fears – our theme for this year’s Sierra Service Project.
Scripture – 1 John 4: 7-19
8/12/12 – Charles Hoffman – “Theology with Moxie”
Sermon – Theology with Moxie
Ephesians 1: 3-14. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul reviews the history of God’s care for us from the beginning of time, and especially on the forgiveness offered to us in Christ. Paul reminds us of God’s generosity and compassion, believing that our gratitude and praise are the natural response of those who have been saved.
Scripture – Ephesians 1: 3-14
8/5/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Nothing Lost”
Sermon – Nothing Lost
John 6: 1-14. This week’s gospel is John’s version of the feeding of the multitude. All four gospels include accounts of this miraculous event, though they differ in some of the details. A crowd of five thousand has gathered with Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus shows them a sign of God’s abundance and care.
Scripture – John 6: 1-14