Sermon Topics


Sermon Schedule – April 2017

and Special Holy Week Worship Opportunities


April 2 – Lev. 23:3; 2 Cor. 8:1-4, 7; John 4:21-24 – “We’re Better Together – Worshipping”

 

As we conclude our Lenten sermon series on what it means to be the church, we will consider the words of Moses, Paul, and Jesus, as they address the Sabbath, giving, and true worship… all vital elements of the communal life of believers.  Today’s final installment should be an exclamatory ‘punctuation mark’ to the overall conclusion that we ARE ‘better together’… especially when we are “Worshipping!”

                     

April 9 – Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 47-50 – “The Most Painful Word” - Palm Sunday

 

The disciple Judas is one of the most troubling characters in all of Scripture.  How someone who had been such a close follower and friend of Jesus could come to betray him is greatly disturbing to anyone who appreciates the value of friendship.  In going from the heights of that Triumphal Entry to the betrayal of a kiss on the cheek, we will consider how what Judas did… and indeed, we all do… is “The Most Painful Word.”

 

April 13Maundy Thursday Communion Service

 

For some, this may be the most meaningful service of Holy Week… if not the liturgical year.  As the sanctuary becomes transformed in the ‘Upper Room,’ come and join in a very special ‘remembrance’ of that first Holy Communion, in which we are also ‘reminded’ of what lies at the very core of our Christian faith.

 

April 14“Good Friday at the Cross”

 

One might say that our journey of faith begins and ends at an ‘old rugged cross.’  That which marked the end of one life and the beginning of a new one, in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  The property we seek to develop at MorganField also will mark the end of one rich chapter of this congregation’s life, and the beginning of a new exciting one.  In tying those two themes together, we will gather at an ‘old rugged’ piece of ground, in the shadow of that ‘rugged cross,’ to experience anew the events of that pivotal day which marked Jesus move from life, to death, to life.  Come and bring a friend as we remember “Good Friday at the Cross.”

                   

April 16 – Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4 – “Christ Revealed”  Easter Sunday

 

How many people were witnesses to the evidence of Christ’s resurrection, which was first and foremost an empty tomb?  Only a handful.  And to our knowledge, only Mary actually saw the resurrected Christ on that very day.  And yet, while this resurrection hope was revealed only to a few, it was through the continued witness of faithful believers through the years that we too can share in that “Good News” today.  For over 2000 years, followers of Jesus have borne a living testimony to “Christ Revealed.”

 

April 23 – Acts 2:14a, 22-24; 1 Peter 1:6-9; John 20:24-31 - “Now What?!“

 

So here we are, the week after Easter.  All of that beautiful music we enjoy so much as long since faded away.  The Easter dresses have been hung up in the back of the closet, the plastic eggs put away, the food, family and friends that were so special have gotten back into their normal patterns again.  We leave the victorious notes of the empty tomb for the challenges of very full lives.  So… “Now What?!”

 

April 30 Pulpit Supply - Leslie Mansell, CRE