Sunday, January 19, 2020 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Scripture: Philippians 1:19-27; Matthew 20:20-28; John 13:3-15
Sermon Title: Living as Servants, The Rev. Pamela Wagner, Preaching
It is an awkward word in this day and age…servant. It brings to mind lowly people bowing to their masters and doing undesirable tasks such as scrubbing toilets, washing clothes, tending the babies of other, and other dirty jobs for richer masters who pay little if anything and expect
As Jesus often does, he puts a new spin on the concept. Instead of doing grunt work, a servant of God is in a place of blessing. When you are a servant of the One who created us, who loves us, and who sent a son to show us the way, it is not a drudgery to do His will. Instead, it becomes a joy to tend to our brethren—to help the lowly, to care for the poor, to reach out and do things for other people.
Christians, have you figured that out? That as you truly receive Christ into your heart, your greatest bliss will be to become a servant, giving to others as He has first given to you.
Sunday, January 26, 2020 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture Lesson: Old Testament Lesson: 1 Chronicles 29:10-16; Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8:1-3; Gospel: Luke 21:1-4
Sermon Title: “Fulfilling God’s Purpose: Giving Joyfully and Generously”, The Reve. Dr. Larry Norris, Preaching
The fourth and final message in our stewardship program, Fulfilling God’s Purpose!, focuses on joyful and generous giving. Albert Einstein once pointed out that there are only three ways to teach a child. The first is example, the second is example, and the third is example.
That is exactly what Paul is doing in teaching the people in Corinth about giving. He teaches them by way of example and the example is the churches of Macedonia. The churches at Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea, were the three cities where the churches in Macedonia were located who were models of Christian giving. They had learned what Martin Luther knew when he said, “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all, but whatever I have placed into God’s hands that I will always possess.”
This message is a challenge to each of us to understand that great stewardship is rooted in God’s grace, that it transcends tough challenges, and that it leads to profound joy!