11/25/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Not From Here”
Sermon – Not From Here
John 18: 33-37. In this week’s gospel Jesus encounters Pilate, the representative of Rome in that part of the world. At the time of their meeting Jesus is under arrest. On the face of it, he seems powerless and vulnerable. But he knows who he is, and where he comes from. Pilate holds no authority over him.
Scripture – John 18: 33-37
11/18/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Grace All the Time”
Sermon – Grace All the Time
Matthew 6: 25-33. In this week’s gospel Jesus speaks to his followers about the worries many of them (and us) experience each day. Do we have enough to eat and drink? What will we wear? Using examples from nature, he reminds them of God’s faithfulness and care for all living things. Flowers of the field and birds of the air rely on God to sustain them. Why not do the same?
Scripture – Matthew 6: 25-33
11/11/12 – Jonathan Chute – “Give or Take”
Sermon – Give or Take
Mark 12: 38-44. In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus warns his followers about religious leaders who seek out the places of honor in society. Then he sits down with the disciples outside the temple. In the midst of the crowd Jesus notices a poor widow who puts in two small coins. What is different about the widow’s offering is not the small size of the gift itself, but the generous spirit behind it.
Scripture – Mark 12: 38-44
Jonathan Chute – “Not Far From the Kingdom”
Sermon – Not Far From the Kingdom
Mark 12: 28-34. This Sunday’s gospel reading tells of an encounter between Jesus and another leader of the Jewish community, a scholar of the law, who asks perhaps an obvious question, “Which is the most important commandment?” Jesus answers the question as presented, and the lawyer agrees with Jesus about the core of Jewish teaching and life.
Scripture – Mark 12: 28-34