Sunday November 10, 2019             The 23rd Sunday After Pentecost            Veteran’s Sunday

Scripture: Matthew 8:1-10 & Psalm 147:1-11

Sermon Title: The Faith of a Soldier                                                                                                                                            The Rev. Daniel Gómez, Preaching

A centurion came to Him (Jesus). The centurion was obviously a Gentile, because a centurion was an officer in the Roman army. Most every Jew under Roman occupation felt a reason to hate this centurion, yet he came to a Jewish teacher for help. Significantly, he came not for a selfish reason, but on behalf of his servant.

Whenever the New Testament mentions a centurion (there are at least seven), it presents them as honorable and as
good men. This centurion had an unusual attitude towards his slave. Under Roman law a master had the right to kill his slave, and it was expected that he would do so if the slave became ill or injured to the point where he could
no longer work.

The Centurion came to Jesus, pleading on behalf of his servant. He seeks a cure but does not prescribe to the Lord how or where he shall work it; in fact, he pleads the case in front of many others who were listening. Jesus saw the faith of the Centurion and was amazed how a Gentile could have such deep faith in trusting the spoken authority of the Son of God.

Sunday November 17, 2019         The 24th Sunday After Pentecost

Scripture: Luke 21:5-33

Sermon Title: Rubble and Trouble                                                                                                                                                The Rev.  Pam Wagner, Preaching

“Wars and revolutions, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, earthquakes, famines and pestilence…betrayal, hatred…(Luke 12:10-11).  Wait a minute. Do you remember what season is just around the corner?  What about “Peace on Earth and mercy mild?”  What a juxtaposition this is, coming so close to the precious season of Advent!   

Sunday, November 24, 2019         The 25th Sunday After Pentecost                    Thanksgiving Sunday

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:4-10; 16:13

Sermon Title: How Do You Move an Elephant?                                                                                                                      The Rev. Dr. Larry Norris, Preaching

Indeed, how does one move an elephant? It is not easy unless you know the answer, and you will learn that when you hear this message!

Beyond the story, however, the plain fact is that all of us deal with elephants in our lives. Not the four-legged giants of the African Savanna or the circus, but the kind that roam around the terrain of the human spirit. They go by such names as anxiety, fear, depression, guilt, financial issues, and losses of all kinds.

These elephants are real and come out of tough circumstances. There are also other kinds of elephants that often begin as minor annoyances but end up front and center in our lives. They weigh in with far greater power than they should. We need to learn that not all elephants are created equal. This lesson focuses on moving those elephants out of our lives that keep us from living in the fullness of God’s grace and forgiveness.

Sunday, December 1, 2019                        1st Sunday of Advent                                  (Holy Communion)

Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:8-14
Sermon Title: “Are We Awake or Asleep?”                                                                                                                              The Rev. Dr. Larry Norris, Preaching

Probably all of us can remember a time when our attention was so focused on something that distracted us that we simply miss the event that we were supposed to see. For one reason or another, for an instant we went asleep mentally.

If not careful, it is also easy at times to drift into spiritual complacency. We can become spiritual couch potatoes snoozing away the best that God has for our lives. Advent is a challenge to wake up to God’s activity in the world! It is not a time to simply get all cozy and comfortable with baby Jesus in a manger.

Long before “Silent Night, Holy Night,” there were the centuries of anguished voices searching and waiting for the answer to the deepest needs of the human heart. Paul’s challenge is for us be awake to Christ’s love, life, and light in our lives. The Season of Advent is like a spiritual alarm clock that says, “Wake up your faith, and get going!”