9/26/10 – Jonathan Chute – “Far-sighted”
Sermon – Far-sighted
Luke 16: 19 – 31. This Sunday Jesus tells the story of a rich man who does not see a poor man, Lazarus, even though he lives right outside the rich man’s front gate. Yet, after death, when the rich man suffers in torment while Lazarus rests in heaven at Abraham’s side, the rich man sees Lazarus quite clearly from afar. The rich man pleads for water, but Abraham says it is too late. It seems that our actions, or inactions, in this life carry over into the next.
Scripture – Luke 16: 19 – 31
9/19/10 – Jonathan Chute – “Pots for Eternity – Sale Ends Saturday”
Sermon – Pots for Eternity – Sale Ends Saturday
Luke 16: 1 – 13. This week’s gospel is one of the oddest and hardest of Jesus’ parables. A rich man learns that his manager has been squandering his property. He fires him, but then he praises the manager for shrewdness when he cheats him further on the way out the door. Jesus expresses the wish that his followers would be as determined in their faithfulness as the manager has been in his cheating.
Scripture – Luke 16: 1 – 13
9/12/10 – Jonathan Chute – “Prophet and Loss”
Sermon – Prophet and Loss
Luke 15: 1 – 10. This week Jesus tells two of his most joyful parables – the lost sheep and the lost coin. When the shepherd finds his lost sheep and the woman finds her lost coin, they rejoice. Jesus says that their joy is like that of God, who celebrates when those who are lost have been found. Jesus wants those who grumble to see him welcoming and eating with sinners to understand that the sinners are like the lost sheep and coin.
Scripture – Luke 15: 1 – 10
9/05/10 – Jonathan Chute – “Inexplicable and Inescapable”
Sermon – Inexplicable and Inescapable
Psalm 139: 1 – 18. This week’s scripture is an expression of awe and wonder at the mystery, majesty and power of God. Though God is above and beyond our understanding, we are never far away, really never even apart.
Scripture – Psalm 139: 1 – 18