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Sermon Schedule – March 2018

March 4  1 Cor. 1:18-25; John 2:14-22 – “Temple Tantrum”  Holy Communion

 In his rare display of emotion (anger?), Jesus went against commonly-held norms of the times that allowed for business to be transacted within the temple walls.  So too did the cross go against common beliefs of both Jews and Greeks -- how death by crucifixion would indicate one as being a King… either religious or secular.  So, along with the ‘foolishness’ of Paul, what do we have to learn about our ‘un-common’ faith from Jesus’ “Temple Tantrum”?


March 11 – Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 3:14-21 – “High and Lifted Up”

 When the Israelites rebelled against God (and His servant Moses), they were punished by God.  To be spared death God offered them the opportunity to raise their eyes to that which God put on a wooden pole.  In the same way, those who looked up to Christ, the one whom God allowed to be raised up on a wooden cross, would also be spared death.  We too share in a faith by which we will be saved, keeping our eyes fixed on the One who is “High and Lifted Up.”


March 18 – Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:23-28 – “Melchizedek?  Who the Heck?”

  One of the more puzzling references to the true identity of Jesus comes in the book of Hebrews, which compares Jesus to a very obscure priest associated with Abraham.  Does this have significance to us… or simply cause us to say, “Melchizedek?  Who the Heck?”


March 25 – Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29/31:9-16; Mark 11:1-11/Isaiah 50:4-9a – “Passionate Palms”

 The emphasis for this Sunday is offered as two options:  to focus either on the ‘Palm’ texts, which deal with the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; or to consider the suffering that He will endure in the course of ‘Holy Week.’  As our own personal lives are a mixture of both ‘triumph’ and ‘suffering,’ we will consider BOTH as we ponder “Passionate Palms”…