2/27/11 – Jonathan Chute – “What Really Counts”
Sermon – What Really Counts
Matthew 6: 24-34. In this week’s gospel, Jesus speaks about our tendency to be anxious. Yet, if we focus on our worries, we risk losing sight of something even more vital – the care and compassion of God that is with us every day. Jesus knows that when we trust in God’s grace, we can keep our fears in check, and our worries in perspective.
Scripture – Matthew 6: 24-34
2/20/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Leading”
Sermon – Leading
Matthew 5: 38-48. In what we call the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that when confronted by evil, to give love in return. He understands that his followers will face opposition and threats, but he wants them to remember, even then, that it is God’s grace that sets the terms of our relationships with others. They may treat us unjustly, but God is still in charge.
Scripture – Matthew 5: 38-48
2/13/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Life Support”
Sermon – Life Support
Matthew 5: 21-30. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount teachings continue as he offers his commentary on the 10 commandments, making clear that God’s ways are not always easy. We might be able to follow the letter of the Law, but Jesus has higher hopes for his followers. He wants us to honor the spirit of compassion and grace that are its foundation. Where the Law says “Do not murder,” Jesus says “Do not be angry with a brother or sister.”
Scripture – Matthew 5: 21-30
2/06/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Low Salt”
Sermon – Low Salt
Matthew 5: 13-16. This week’s gospel continues Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount. He wants his followers to know that they are like salt, an ingredient that makes all the difference. They are light, that cannot be hidden.
Scripture – Matthew 5: 13-16