1/30/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Unlikely Blessings”
Sermon – Unlikely Blessings
Matthew 5: 1-12. Our scripture for this Sunday includes the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, some of Jesus’ most beloved – and most provocative – teaching. He describes a range of people who are usually not seen as blessed: Those who mourn, the meek, and those who are persecuted, are often seen by the world as victims. Jesus makes it clear that God sees us differently.
Scripture – Matthew 5: 1-12
1/23/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Timing”
Sermon – Timing
Matthew 4: 12-23. This morning we find Jesus by the Sea of Galilee. After he hears about the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus leaves home in Nazareth and begins his active ministry. As he travels along the shore, he meets two sets of brothers and invites them to come with him. With nothing more to go on than Jesus’ few words, they leave their nets and follow.
Scripture – Matthew 4: 12-23
1/16/11 – Jonathan Chute – “I Came, I Saw . . .”
Sermon – I Came, I Saw . . .
John 1: 29-42. Some of Jesus’ first disciples were already followers of John the Baptist who go to see what John means when he calls Jesus the Lamb of God. Jesus sees them following and invites them to “come and See.” In part, the story illustrates how some people come to faith. We may not remember when we began to believe or know exactly the moment it happened or, like John’s disciples, may have been influenced by seeing the difference faith has made in the life of another, and when we open ourselves to that possibility, we find that we see the world differently, ourselves.
Scripture – John 1: 29-42
1/9/11 – John Kwan – “One of Us”
Sermon – One of Us
Matthew 3: 13-17. In this week’s text, we find ourselves at the Jordan River where John the Baptist first wishes that Jesus baptize him but then agrees to baptize Jesus as Jesus has requested. As the baptism proceeds, we begin to understand who Jesus is and what he hopes to accomplish in the world.
Scripture – Matthew 3: 13-17
1/2/11 – Jonathan Chute – “To Become Children”
Sermon – To Become Children
John 1: 1-14. The meaning of the incarnation.
Scripture – John 1: 1-14