6/26/11 – Diane Rehfield – “You Can’t Be Serious”
Sermon – You Can’t Be Serious
Genesis 22: 1-14. Sunday’s scripture is certainly one of the most difficult and troubling passages in the Bible. Abraham has been blessed with a son, yet now Abraham believes that he has heard God’s voice telling him to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. How can it be? Would a loving God really demand such a sacrifice from one who has been as faithful as Abraham has been?
Scripture – Genesis 22: 1-14
6/19/11 – Jonathan Chute – “The Last Three Minutes”
Sermon – The Last Three Minutes
2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 & Matthew 28: 16-20. Today’s scriptures hold two examples of the power of loving support. In the first scripture, after trying to reach the Corinthians by teaching and scolding, encouraging and scaring, Paul closes his second letter to them with love and blesses them. In the second scripture, Jesus sends the disciples out into the world not with a challenge, but with a blessing and a promise to be with them always.
Scripture – 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 & Matthew 28: 16-20
6/12/11 – Jonathan Chute – “All Together Now”
Sermon – All Together Now
1 Corinthians 12: 4-13. This week we celebrate Pentecost, the so-called “birthday of the Church.” In Jesus’ day Pentecost was a Spring harvest festival and a celebration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. It became a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, encouraging them and empowering them to share the gospel with the whole world.
Scripture – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13
6/05/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Zoom Out, Zoom In”
Sermon – Zoom Out, Zoom In
Acts 1: 1-11. It’s Ascension Sunday, the last week in the season of Easter. It has been some forty days since the resurrection, and Jesus and his disciples have gathered one last time. He wants them to know that while he is leaving, the story of God’s grace and love in the world is far from over. They do not know what to expect, but their own journeys are about to begin.
Scripture – Acts 1: 1-11