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November 2015

The Gift of Gold

As we gather during the Advent weekends we celebrate the community into which God has called us.  Advent reminds us of the coming of Christ.  We are also reminded that we come together as His followers to reach up to Him in worship and also to reach in to each other with care.  Todays’ theme is “The Gift of Gold.”

The Sermon

The earliest Christians identified Jesus as the Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament. The Jewish word “messiah,” and the Greek word “Christ,” both mean “anointed one,” and came to refer to the expected king who would deliver Israel from the hands of the Roman. Unlike the messiah most Jews expected, Jesus came to free all people, Jew and Gentile, and he did not come to free them from the Romans, but from sin and death.  Jesus Christ, Anointed One, our King.

The Story: The End of Time

As we gather in worship we conclude our journey through The Story.  This weekend we walk into the Book of revelation.  Through this book the Lord calls us to be His faithful people in the midst of a world that is increasingly intolerant of His followers.  All the while the Book of revelation reminds us that our destination is heaven.  The heart of this book can be found in the words of Jesus, Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

The Story: Paul’s Final Days

As we gather in worship we consider the conclusion to Paul’s ministry.  Paul travels throughout Asia Minor sharing the Good News of Jesus.  The results are mixed as some people believe and others scoff.  He encourages the believers to “fight the good fight of faith.”

The Story: Paul’s Mission

As we gather in worship and continue our journey through “The Story,” we hear how St. Paul, once a persecutor of the Church, is now counted among its greatest missionaries.  Often we question whether we are qualified to be one’s who can share the Gospel.  Paul illustrates that all believers as enabled by God to simply tell their faith journey.

October 2015

The Story: New Beginnings

As we gather in worship we address this week’s chapter of “The Story,” in which we hear how St. Paul brought the Word of God to the lost, offering the promise of life and life eternal that comes only through a relationship with Jesus. On this Festival of the Reformation we hear how important it is to embrace the Word of God as the sole authority for our lives. It was Dr. Martin Luther who brought the Church back to the Word.

The Story: The Hour of Darkness

As we gather in worship, we stand beneath the cross of Jesus.  Chapter 26 of “The Story” directs our attention to the reason Jesus was born of the Virgin.  He came into this world and into our flesh so He could live the perfect life in our stead and die on the cross to forgive our sin.  Today we look upon Him who is the Lamb of God, come to take away the sin of the world.

The Story: Jesus, the Son of God

As we gather in worship we continue our initiative called, “The Story.”  In chapter 25, we are reminded that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As Jesus proclaims His true identity the leaders of the church seek to destroy Him.  He who comes in the name of the Lord is rejected by those He came to save.

September 2015

The Story: No Ordinary Man

As we gather in worship we continue our initiative called, “The Story.”  In chapter 24, Jesus continues His ministry, teaching through parables, performing amazing miracles and in reminding the people that He is the “Bread of Life.”

The Story: Jesus’ Ministry Begins

As we gather in worship we continue our initiative called, “The Story.”  In chapter 23, Jesus begins His ministry with the intent to seek and save that which is lost.  Through His baptism He is commissioned to preach the Gospel.  In His love He displays His power through words of authority and works of power and compassion.