WORSHIP PREVIEW

 

Sunday, August 11, 2019                          The 9th Sunday After Pentecost                                                            Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

Sermon Title: Is it too late for One More?                                                                                                                                The Rev. Daniel Gómez, Preaching   

Summary:

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear.
Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here.
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

Oh, let me hear how the children stood round his knee.
I shall imagine his blessings resting on me;
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
All in the love-light of Jesus’ face.

“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” is a children’s songbook that inspires many through the singing-story telling of the life of Jesus Christ. What are some of your favorite stories of Jesus? Do you like the story of His birth? Have you read about how He calmed the stormy sea? Did you know He healed a blind man and raised His friend Lazarus from the dead? When Jesus called some fishermen to follow him they left their business, their homes and their
friends immediately.

How was this possible that there was no hesitation? In some ways this seems a bit irresponsible. We may read this story and worry that Jesus might ask us to do the same. On the other hand, one of the greatest stories that we can have as Christians is the joy of leading someone to Christ. Think of it! You and I can be God’s instruments in the salvation of others. Every Christian is called upon to witness for Christ, and every Christian can be a soul-winner. The Lord Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”.

Sunday, August 18, 2019                       10th Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture: * Luke 18:1-8

Sermon Title:  “Will The Lord Help Me?”                                                                                                                                          The Rev. Dr. Larry Norris, Preaching

The lesson today comes to us in the context of a widow who keeps coming to the judge to seek justice against an opponent. This is no ordinary judge.

We are told that he is a judge who “neither feared God nor had respect for people” (Luke 18:2). The woman is no ordinary woman. She is a woman who simply will not give up! She will continually pester and provoke this
judge until she gets a response. He finally gives in because he does not want to be bothered any longer.

In this narrative, Jesus is giving us a new definition of faith: fervent and persistent prayer. The widow becomes an
example to early Christians “. . . to pray always and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1). If a dishonest and cranky judge will dispense justice to the widow, how much more will God give his children what they need and seek. The story also asks us to honestly explore the nature of “unanswered prayer.”

Sunday, August 25, 2019                                            The 11th Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 997, John 17:20-26

Sermon Title:  “All Shook Up”                                                                                                                                                            The Rev. Pam Wagner, Preaching

Would your attitudes and actions spark someone’s interest? Would the way you live your life cause someone to look at you and think, “Wow, I want what you have.”? You see, being an effective witness of Jesus Christ is not brain surgery.

It is simply living your faith no matter your circumstances. Talk the talk. Walk the walk. You never know who is watching and listening.

Sunday, September 1, 2019                    The 12th Sunday After Pentecost                 Holy Communion
Scripture Reading: Luke 14: 7-14
Sermon Title: “What is Christian Hospitality?”                                                                                                                  The Rev. Dr. Larry R. Norris, Preaching

Whenever Luke tells a story about Jesus at a dinner table, one had better listen very carefully.

At this dinner party, Jesus, who is the guest, becomes the aggressor. He challenges the Pharisees, repudiates the guests who try to get the best seats at the meal, and instructs the host on whom to invite at the next meals. Jesus might be called an impertinent and rude guest, by any standard, and the Pharisees are watching. For Jesus, the people who ought to be at the head table are the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Why?

Not just because Jesus cares for these people, but also because this is who God would have at the table! We see how Jesus overturns what we would call socially acceptable “common sense!” Jesus upsets convention and turns the tables upside down. In this message, we will explore the radical nature of hospitality in the kingdom of God.

Sunday September 8, 2019                  The 13th Sunday After Pentecost

Scriptures: Matthew 16:13-20                                                                                                                                                Sermon Title: Faith Promotes Action 

The Rev. Daniel Gómez, Preaching 


According to recent research, Americans declare themselves as being “very religious” or “very spiritual”. Most of us believe in God. Many of us pray every day and say that religion is very important to us. Some observers say
that we are “religious” without being organizationally, participatory religious.


“Religion” for us is a matter of the head (something we think) or more likely something of the heart (something we feel). Or as Martin Marty said it some time ago, “Americans are believers, but not joiners.” It is a challenge to
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, and the Son of God. It is also a challenge to act upon that belief, to live our lives as if Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples give a variety of answers “Some say you could be Moses, a few think you could be Elijah come back from the dead . . . “Jesus makes it more pointed, and personally addresses the question more directly to the disciples…“Who do you say I am?” Peter gives
a faithful and insightful answer. He reveals himself to be a believer—in fact, one of the first to really “get it” when it comes to Jesus. I ask the following, how would you answer this question?