Sermon Notes

Sept. 6:  14th Sunday after Pentecost
Liturgist: Carlos Bascas
Scripture: Ezekiel 23:7-11; Matthew 18:15-20
Title:  Confronting Conflict
Theme: The Old and New Testament texts for this week both deal with confronting others. Neither tells us to avoid it. Rather, we are encouraged to deal with it in a spirit of God’s truth and love. Listen and learn from these passages how we might apply them in our modern-day context.

Sept. 13: 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Liturgist: Janet Russell
Scripture: Romans 14:1-12; Genesis 50:15-21
Title: The “Cost” of Grace
Theme: Paul tells us in this Romans letter that “each of us will be accountable to God.” We’ll study this passage and look at the one from Genesis, too, and learn how this “cost” is paid but also what we get in abundance in return for our effort.

Sept. 20: 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Liturgist: Debi Hancock
Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Matthew 20:1-16
Title: Which Way to Turn?
Theme: Let’s study the tale of the prophet in the whale and see how this ancient story can give us direction in our Christian lives today.

Sept. 27: 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Liturgist: Jeff Gross
Scripture: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 2:1-13
Title: In the Ellipsis
Theme: This sermon will take another look at the prophet Ezekiel and how he translated God’s word to the people in exile. Paul’s letter to the Philippians will help us discern how we are to live in our own period of exile that also happens to fall during this time of “in between”—in the ellipsis—of the time when Christ lived and taught among us and the time when Christ will return once more.

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