5/29/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Speaking the Language”
Sermon – Speaking the Language
Acts 17: 22-31. This week’s scripture tells of Paul’s experience in Athens, where he has gone to bring the message of the gospel. Before he speaks, Paul familiarizes himself with Athenian ways in order to better communicate with the people in this new culture.
Scripture – Acts 17: 22-31
5/22/11 – Jonathan Chute – “When God Calls”
Sermon – When God Calls
Acts 9: 1-27. In the early days of the church, Jesus’ followers were accused of heresy by other faithful Jews, Saul among them. Then, while traveling on the road to Damascus, Saul hears the voice of Jesus call to him, and Ananias, a follower of Jesus in Damascus, also hear Jesus’ call. Although he is exactly the kind of person Saul would want to pursue, the voice tells Ananias to go and care for Saul, who has been struck blind. It would be hard to decide which of the two had a harder time hearing what God had to say.
Scripture – Acts 9: 1-27
5/15/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Person to Person”
Sermon – Person to Person
Acts 2: 42-47. This week’s scripture describes the life of the church in its earliest days. The worship is warm and welcoming. There is generosity and sharing. They are growing in the knowledge and love of God, and they are full of joy and hope.
Scripture – Acts 2: 42-47
5/8/11 – John Kwan – “Same But Different”
Sermon – Same But Different
Luke 24: 13-35. Earlier in the day, women have said they visited Jesus’ tomb to find it empty and seen angels proclaiming that Jesus was alive, but when some of the disciples go to the tomb they see no sign of either angles or Jesus. In this week’s text, we find two of the disciples walking down the road to Emmaus later that day when they encounter a stranger who doesn’t seem to know what has been going on.
Scripture – Luke 24: 13-35
5/1/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Breathing Room”
Sermon – Breathing Room
John 20: 19-23. This week’s gospel describes what took place in the evening of Easter. Far from celebrating new life and hope, the disciples are in hiding. In the midst of their anxiousness and fear, Jesus comes to them. He gives them his peace and sets them free for the work of forgiveness that the world needs.
Scripture – John 20: 19-23