First Sunday of Lent
2/26/12 – Jonathan Chute – “First, the Blessing”
Sermon – First, the Blessing
Genesis 9: 8-17, Mark 1: 9-15. On this first Sunday in Lent, we begin the journey that lies at the heart of the Christian story. We look to Jesus as the example of a life of courage, compassion and hope. During Lent, we walk with him from his temptation in the desert to his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our first scripture is the story of God’s promise to Noah and all creation, that the earth shall never again be destroyed by flood. Our second scripture is Mark’s account of Jesus’ baptism, which is followed immediately by his temptation in the wilderness.
Scripture – Genesis 9: 8-17, Mark 1: 9-15
Sunday of the Transfiguration
2/19/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Fast Forward”
Sermon – Fast Forward
Mark 9: 2-9. The Transfiguration is one of the most mysterious events in the life of Jesus. He takes three of the disciples with him to the top of a mountain. Once there, his appearance changes dramatically. His clothes become bright white, and he is joined by Moses and Elijah.
Scripture – Mark 9: 2-9
2/12/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Keeping the Secret”
Sermon – Keeping the Secret
Mark 1: 40-45. A man comes to Jesus and begs to be cured of his leprosy. Jesus helps him and then tells him to go to the priest and do what the law requires, but not to tell other people about it. Instead the man goes all over the countryside, telling everyone what Jesus has done. It seems that some things are just too good to keep to yourself.
Scripture – Mark 1: 40-45
2/5/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Public Private Partnership”
Sermon – Public Private Partnership
Mark 1: 29-39. In this week’s gospel Jesus experiences a popular response to his healing work in Galilee. Many hear what he has done and come out to see him. He cures many, but When the morning comes, he goes out by himself to find a place to pray. The disciples want him to continue to see the people, but Jesus has other plans.
Scripture – Mark 1: 29-39