WORSHIP PREVIEW

Sunday, June 9, 2019                                          Pentecost Sunday

Scripture Lesson: *Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John15:26-27

Sermon Title: “Can the Dead Come Back to Life?”

The lesson for this Pentecost fires the imagination in no small way. Ezekiel is asking a hard question: “How do we find life, even hope, when the circumstances would suggest nothing but death and despair?”

The circumstances for Judah are grim. What the prophet preaches tells the people what they do not want to hear! As Israel’s “sentinel” or “watchperson,” it is Ezekiel’s responsibility to proclaim that Judah will be destroyed and remain in exile.

Yet, even in the darkest moments, Ezekiel is reminded that God brings the possible out of what seems impossible. The vision of the valley filled with “dry bones” is a metaphor of death and desolation. Ezekiel is told to prophesy to the bones, that is, to speak God’s Word to the dead. God declares that he will give his people a “new heart!” Radical spiritual surgery, a “heart transplant” is what is required. That is nothing less than Pentecost!

Sunday, June 16, 2019                                       1st  Sunday After Pentecost            Father’s Day              Annual Conference

Worship Leader: Dr. James Yancey

All Church Hymn Sing

Sunday June 23, 2019                                          2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Lesson :  Psalm 40; 2 Kings 5:1-14

Sermon Title: Small Things

The Rev. Pamala Wagner, Preaching

How often have you prayed for a miracle?  Your loved one has an incurable disease and you pray, pray, pray for God to reach out and do something, anything.  Or your job is on the line, or your grandchild is being lured into the drug scene, or your marriage is on the rocks.  Please, God, please…

Namaan is the story of a unique healing.  Perhaps we should learn from him…

Sunday June 30, 2019                                             3rd Sunday After Pentecost

Scripture: Jeremiah 20:1-6, Psalm 71:1-9 ; 17-18, Luke 9:51-62

Sermon Title: Yes, count me in! But first…

The Rev. Daniel Gomez, Preaching

There’s no way to follow Jesus without talking and walking like Jesus. Following Jesus therefore means that every disciple risks the possibility of suffering like Jesus. Nobody ever said that following Jesus was an easy task. Savior of the world he may be, but he never promised to save his disciples from all cost and pain. In fact, his peculiar way of salvation—suffering, obedient service—means that if we would walk his distinctive way, we must be ready for major demands. 

Sharing the word of God may seem a bit intimidating to some of us because we don’t want to offend people and we run the risk of being rejected. This may separate us from the ways of the world and further divide us from those who refuse to hear.

However, being separate from the world is the cross that we as Christians are called to bear. We are called to take up our cross and follow… even though the cross means certain kinds of death; it also means the only kind of life. Lord
Jesus, you called us, and we answered. That’s why we’re here this morning to strengthen our determination to be your faithful followers.

Sunday July 7, 2019                                                 4th Sunday After Pentecost

Scripture Lesson : Genesis, Psalm 29; John 1:1-5

Sermon Title: Creation

The Rev. Pamala Wagner, Preaching

This Sunday we will walk through the beauty of God’s creation as told in the book of Genesis.  We will imagine the power of the swirling abyss as it forms into earth and sky.  We will watch in wonder as the earth divides into land and sea.  

Together we will admire all the little details—the flora and fauna, big creatures and small, land animals and sea critters.

Be prepared to be awed!