In July we begin a new sermon series with an in depth study of the Sermon on the Mount found in chapters 5 to 7 of the
Gospel of Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount contains several of the most important teachings of Jesus of Nazareth,
including the Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer and the Golden Rule.
We conclude our sermon series on the Old Testament book of
'Judges' with the story of Samson, the strongest man in the Bible, who judged Israel for
20 years as the 15th Judge . He pushed
out the pillars of the Philistine house of Dgaon, killing those there and
himself. Samson represents one of the saddest figures in the Old
Testament, a person, favored by God, who started with great potential,
but squandered it on self-indulgence and sinful living.
In June, Pastor Jim will continue the sermon mini series, "The Gift of
Worship - the greatest gift we can give our Lord is worship.
In May we begin a new sermon series based on the Old Testament book 'Judges'. We begin with the death of Joshua and review the days and deeds of six notable judges: Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah and Samson. The series describes why the Israelites were for many generations denied the complete possession of the Promised Land which had been assured to them. They disobeyed God, lapsed into the debased religion of the idolatrous Canaanites, and forgot their Creator. God punished them by foreign invasion, civil war, and attacks of the Canaanites. The recurring theme is the Apostasy of man and the Faithfulness of God.
Easter is a glorious time of the year for the followers of Jesus Christ. It is the tme each year that we focus on the key eventss in the life of Jesus Christ - his death for our sins. (Good Friday, April 6) and his resurrection (Easter Sunday, April 8) This year we will be blessed with a choir musical on Palm Sunday (April 1) titled Remember that will speak of the importance
of God coming to be with us in Jesus Christ the Lord. We will
have a full orchestra to accompany our chancel choir - and we
also will welcome many additional singers from the region who
will bless us with their vocal talents. Make sure to celebrate
this important season of the Christian calendar by making space
for God on these important days.
During the Month of April, following
Easter, we will begin a new sermon mini series, titled "The Gift of
Worship". The heart of worship is giving to God, not receiving
from Him, and the greatest gift we can give our Lord is worship.
During the month of March, we continue our sermon series Galatians: Journey Into Freedom culminating on 1 April with the Palm Sunday Westminster Chancel Choir and Orchestra presentation of REMEMBER, where the Past Ends and Forever Begins.
The haunting words reach to us from antiquity.
"The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given
thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My body, which is for you; do this in
remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper, He took the cup, saying,
'This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in
remembrance of Me.' For whenever you eat this bread or drink this cup, you
proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
We will continue our series of sermons "Journey into Freedom" a study of the book of Galatians, and what freedom meant for the early followers of Jesus and for Paul the Apostle as he wrote this important letter to the early church. The series will continue through Ash Wednesday and the first part of Lent.
We will begin a new series of sermons called "Journey into Freedom" which will be a study of the book of Galatians. Galatians is often referred to as the manual for Christian FREEDOM. We live in a nation that refers to itself as "the land of the free and the home of the brave" but few of us have a good grasp on the meaning of freedom in our day to day lives.
We will look at the theme of what freedom meant for the early followers of Jesus and for Paul the Apostle as he wrote this important letter to the early church. On our journey into freedom we will look at what freedom means to us and why it is an important part of Christian theology. The series will run approximately 9 weeks.
We continue our Advent sermon series with the focus on the stories of the birth of Christ.
In November we will conclude our sermon series on Stories That Shape Us and begin a new series on Advent which focuses on the characters and stories about the birth of the Messiah.
In October we will continue our sermon series on Stories That Shape Us, focusing on the main stories and theme
of the entire Bible.
We continue our preaching through the main stories and themes of the entire Bible. During September we'll look at important parables of Jesus the Master Storyteller.
We continue our preaching through the main stories and themes of the entire Bible. During the summer we are looking at these important facets of our 'spiritual geography'. The list below covers some of the places that God's people spend time on their spiritual journey. Perhaps you find yourself in one of these places too:
- Captivity(Israelites in slavery in Egypt): times when you feel trapped or in bondage to someone or something that makes life miserable.
- Wilderness: times when life is uncomfortable, challenging, dangerous, unsettled. You don't feel 'at home'.
- Promised Land:times when you are comfortable, well-fed, safe, secure, needs are met."life is good" (sitting overlooking Lake Superior with our friends - talking - laughing so hard our sides ached) (we'll talk more about this next week).
- Exile: times you have lost the good life you had.
Keep in mind as we study these dimensions of spiritual geography, that in the approximate 4000 year history of God's people, they spent very little time in the Promised Land - and most of their history in Exile, Captivity, and the Wilderness. God's grace is available to us in each of these places in different ways. Let us continue to look to Him for grace and strength for each moment of our lives.
In July, we will continue our preaching series on the main stories of the Bible and how they give shape to our lives.
Lots going on in June. June 12 will be a special recognition of our Sunday school students and teachers - and also presentation of Bibles to our many 3rd grade Sunday school students. June 19 will be the commissioning of our youth mission trip participants. June 26 will be ordination of new officers, receiving new members, and Taco Sunday in support of our YWAM mission trip to Mexico. We will continue our preaching series on the main stories of the Bible and how they give shape to our lives.
We continue our Easter series with the story of the ascension of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus is a joyful reality that prepares us to live with hope, joy, peace and comfort. We then begin a new series with a survey of the whole Bible focused on stories that shape us.
We will finish the Season of Lent with the Heart of a Servant series. Palm Sunday will be our choir/orchestra musical, and on Easter Sunday the sermon will be on Thomas and his encounter with the risen Jesus as we are all invited to check the evidence and ask the mportant questions about who Jesus is and what he did for us.
We will conclude the sermon series on Close Encounters with Jesus based on the personal encounters Jesus has with people in the gospel of John, and begin our Lenten sermon series defining the Heart of a Servant.
We will continue a series of sermons on Close Encounters with Jesus based on the personal encounters Jesus has with people in the gospel of John. We will conclude the series before the First Sunday in Lent (March 13).
We will return to an unfinished preaching this month. In August, we began a series of sermons titled Close Encounters with Jesus based on the personal encounters Jesus has with people in the gospel of John. We will return to this series during the months of January and February and conclude it before the first Sunday in Lent (March 23).