3/29/09 – Youth Sunday
Youth Sermon – “A ‘Come to Jesus’ Moment” – A “Come to Jesus” Moment
John 12:20-33. This Sunday we find ourselves in Jerusalem. It is a festive time as many have gathered to commemorate Passover. Jesus has just arrived and a great crowd surrounds him. Following his entry, some curious Greeks want to meet with him. Two of the disciples let him know this, but his attention seems to be on other matters. It is here that Jesus shares with his disciples and the crowd surrounding them what is on his mind.
Scripture – John 12:20-33
3/22/09 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon – Jonathan Chute – “Night and Day”
John 3:14-21. “God so loved the world” – some of the most familiar and hopeful words in scripture. This week we explore what it means that the light of God has come into the world. Light makes visible things we would not otherwise see. It can clear things up – even disinfect! But sometimes we would rather NOT see what it shows. In the light of Christ’s compassion, the truth of our own deeds and actions is more clearly known. His coming into the world creates something of a crisis. Do we run and hide in the dark – or let his love heal us?
Scripture – John 3:14-21
3/15/09 – Third Sunday in Lent
Sermon – Jonathan Chute – “Spring House Cleaning”
John 2:13-22. During Lent we are invited to reflect on some of the ways our lives get off track. Often we let things – even good things – come between us and God. In this week’s gospel Jesus visits the temple in Jerusalem. He sees the animals being bought and sold, and money being exchanged for the temple offering. He reacts with anger and passion, driving out the animals and upsetting the tables of the money changers.
Scripture – John 2:13-22
3/8/09 – Second Sunday in Lent
Jonathan Chute – “Twice a Day”
We’re now into the heart of Lent, as Jesus turns toward Jerusalem. But the more his disciples hear about what this will mean, the more they don’t want him to go. He tells them that the Son of Man must face rejection, suffering and death. This is NOT what they signed up for. Jesus takes their expectations of triumph and turns them upside-down. But he wants them to know that something more important than his own survival is at stake.
Scripture – scripture
3/1/09 – First Sunday in Lent
Jonathan Chute – “Still Wet Behind the Ears”
Mark 1:9-15. In Mark’s gospel Lent begins with his version of Jesus’ first temptation. Jesus is newly baptized, but before he begins his ministry he experiences trial and deprivation. Mark spares us the details of his encounter with Satan, but when it is over Jesus is ready for what lies ahead.
Scripture – Mark 1:9-15