February 3, 2019 – Jonathan chute “Just Passin’ Through”
Our gospel for this Sunday shows how the congregation in Nazareth responds to Jesus’ first sermon. At first they’re happy to see him. They admire his gracious words and celebrate their connection to him and his family. But Jesus believes they are missing the point – not only of the sermon, but of God’s love for all people. So he tells them a couple of familiar Bible stories – stories that show God blessing people that most of them would see as outsiders. What begins as a warm welcome home ends in outrage and violence. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Just Passin’ Through,” is Luke 4:21-30.
February 10, 2019 – Jonathan Chute “Catch of the Day”
In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus comes to the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He preaches before a large crowd and has to get into a boat to find some breathing room. His encounter with the fishermen who own the boat is one of the most memorable scenes in the gospels. With their nets full of the largest catch they have ever seen, they leave it all behind to follow Jesus. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Catch of the Day,” is Luke 5:1-11.