Sermons from August 2021

Aug 29, 2021, Better Together: Anchor and Hope for Community

Philippians 4:10-14 God’s Provision 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do…

Aug 22, 2021 Better Together: Abiding in Christ

John 15:1-17 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever…

Aug 15, 2021 Better Together: The Beauty of Lament

Psalm 22:1-31 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,    and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy,    enthroned on the praises of Israel.4 In you our fathers trusted;    they trusted, and you delivered them.5 To you they cried and were rescued;    in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man,    scorned by mankind and despised by the…

Aug 8, 2021 Better Together: Crying Out to God

EXODUS 2:23-25, 3:7-10 God Hears Israel’s Groaning 23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. ——– 7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters.…

Aug 1, 2021 Summer at the Movies: God’s Inclusive Community

Luke 14:12-24 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” The Parable of the…