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Sermon Series

King David - A Mirror for the World

King David: A Mirror for the World

7/1/2018 – 9/2/2018

In this series, we will study the life of King David as told in 1 and 2 Samuel. David was legendary as a shepherd, giant slayer, warrior chieftain, outlaw, mercenary, lover, poet, musician, political leader and king. His story is one of rags to riches; yet he is dreaded by his enemies for his brutality, hated by his father-in-law, betrayed by his wife, and his son led a revolution against him. His affair with a married woman led to the murder of her husband. David was a complex man, controversial and conflicted, and yet we know him as ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ King David is a mirror for the world, a reflection of every human heart. David’s story is our story, a tangled story of sin and redemption.

Jul 1 – Chosen & Anointed – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Jul 8 – Unlikely Hero – 1 Samuel 17:1-49
Jul 29 – Loyalty & Lament – 1 Samuel 18:1-11
Aug 5 – Governing & Setbacks – 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 6:1-5
Aug 12 – Flawed & Convicted – 2 Samuel 11:1-17,26-27
Aug 19 – Admission & Repentance – 2 Samuel 11:27b-12:13
Aug 26 – Victim & Perpetrator – 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33
Sep 2 – Music & Legacy – 1 Kings 2:1-12

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revival: faith as wesley lived it

Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It

4/15/2018 – 6/10/2018

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, had a strong vibrant faith calling people to a revival of their hearts and souls. In this series, we will retrace the steps of John Wesley in 18th-century England and see what lessons there are for us as 21st-century Christians for finding renewal and revival in our lives. This series is based on the book and video of the same name by United Methodist pastor Rev. Adam Hamilton.

April 15 – Precursors to Revival (Epworth) – Revelation 2:1-5, 3:14-22
April 22 – A Longing for Holiness (Oxford) – 1 Peter 1:13-16
April 29 – A Crisis of Faith (Georgia and Aldersgate) – Romans 4:1-5, 5:1-5
May 13 – The Necessity of Grace (Bristol) – Ephesians 2:1-10
May 20 – Works of Mercy (The Foundry, London) – James 2:14-26
June 3 – Persevering to the End (City Road Chapel, London) – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
June 10 – Catching Fire (America) – Acts 10:34-48

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wilderness wonderings on the way of love

Wilderness Wonderings on the Way of Love

2/14/2018 – 3/30/2018

The 40 days of Lent begin this year on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday February 14, and are followed with Easter on April Fool’s Day, Sunday April 1. This year, we will journey together wandering in our own Lenten wilderness as we follow Jesus from his baptism, into the desert and up to Jerusalem to face his death. As we do so, we will wonder about the foolishness of following the way of Christ’s love.

February 14 (Ash Wednesday) – Love’s Faithfulness – Psalm 51:1-17, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
February 18 – Desert Dangers – Mark 1:9-15
February 25 – Nonsensical Wisdom – Mark 8:31-38
March 4 – Deceiving Appearances – John 2:13-22
March 11 – Illuminating Faith – John 3:14-21
March 18 – Disarrayed Vision – John 12:20-33
March 25 (Palm Sunday) – Looming Shadows – Mark 14:1-15:47
March 30 (Good Friday) – Cross Ways – John 18:1-19:42

 

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questions for god

Questions for God

1/7/2018 – 2/11/2018

Hey God! We’ve Got Questions! This sermon series “Questions for God” is inspired by some hard questions that have literally come “out of the mouths of babes.” We will take time to reflect on who we are, where we have been and where God is calling us to go.

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January 7 – Why is it that God chose Jesus to be born into a poor family? – Matthew 25:31-45
January 14 – Can God change people’s minds about how they act? – Matthew 3:13-17
January 21 – Did Jesus Really Make Fishers of People? – Mark 1:14-20
January 28 – Does God have a purpose for my life? – John 1:29-42
February 4 – Can God help my brother, sister, friend or loved one? – Mark 1:21-28
February 11 – Did you really send Jesus to earth to die for our sins? – Mark 9:2-10, 10:32-34, 10:45

 

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stand-alone sermons 2018

Stand-Alone Sermons 2018

Here you will find the sermons that were preached in 2018 to stand on their own, rather than in a series.

April 1 – Fools for Christ – Mark 16:1-20
April 8 – Who Are We? – John 21:1-14
May 6 – The ABC’s of Spiritual Living – Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Joshua 24:14-15, Philippians 2:1-13
May 27 – Mission Trip Presentation – Mark 6:45-51
June 17 – Do It Anyway – Mark 4:1-8,13-20
June 24 – Testify to Love: Do All the Good You Can – Galatians 6:7-10
July 15 – Touched by Jesus – Mark 5:21-43
July 22 – Touched by Jesus 2.0 – Mark 5:21-43

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all i want for christmas

All I Want for Christmas

11/26/2017 – 12/31/2017

In this Advent/Christmas series we’ll look at the true gifts that Christ brings with his coming into our world. What if what we really want at Christmas isn’t found under a tree or in a store? What if it is only found in Jesus? Hope, peace, joy and love together with light, God’s presence and new life.  This is what God wants for our lives year-round. Join us this Advent as we discover these great gifts.

November 26 – Pre-Advent – LIGHT – Isaiah 2:1-5
December 3 – Advent 1 – HOPE – Romans 13:11-14
December 10 – Advent 2 – PEACE – Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12
December 17 – Advent 3 – JOY – Isaiah 35:1-10
December 24 (10 a.m.) – Advent 4 – LOVE – Matthew 1:18-25
December 24 (6 p.m.) – Christmas Eve – PRESENCE – Luke 2:1-20
December 31 – New Year’s Eve – NEW LIFE – Matthew 2:1-12

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moving out of scare city

Moving Out of Scare City

09/24/2017 – 10/22/2017

The sense that there is not enough drives greed, fear and exclusionary behavior. We begin to live in “Scare City” where it seems that death, starvation, feelings of being overwhelmed and swallowed up can lurk around every corner. The Good News is that this is an illusion. A spiritual journey into the truth of abundance offers us an alternative vision of where to live our lives. This stewardship series will have us Moving Out of Scare City and traveling to the vast, open habitats of God’s abounding grace.

September 24 – Towers of Power – Genesis 11:1-9
October 1 – Around Every Corner – Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
October 8 – The Other Side of the Tracks – Acts 15:1-12
October 15 – I’ve Decided to Follow Jesus – Matthew 6:7-13
October 22 – Altars Everywhere – 1 Timothy 6:18-19

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life together

Life Together

09/10/2017 – 09/17/2017

Life together in community is not easy, whether as a family or as a church or in the world. Conflicts and disagreements happen and we disappoint each other. In this two-week series, we will look at the gospel of Matthew and what Jesus says on this subject.

September 10 – Resolving Conflict –  Matthew 18:15-20
September 17 – Persistent Forgiveness – Matthew 18:21-35

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living outside the box

living outside the box

8/6/17 – 9/3/17

We try to box God in, but God is always breaking out of the box and shattering our understandings of life in God’s kingdom.

Aug 6 – Abundant Miracles – Matthew 14:13-21
Aug 13 – In Over Our Heads – Matthew 14:22-33
Aug 20 – Passing the Crumbs – Matthew 15:21-28
Aug 27 – Changing Perspectives – Matthew 16:13-20
Sept 3 – Bearing the Load – Matthew 16:21-28

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living the blessing way

Living the Blessing Way

6/18/2017 – 7/16/2017

I will bless the Lord at all times; God’s praise will always be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

A joyful exploration of what it means to see blessings in the world around us every day. This series is inspired by Celtic Spirituality and some Celtic Blessing poems written by Beth A. Richardson. Rather than parroting flat, comfortless platitudes that fail to reach us in our own ordinary, messy contexts, how can we proclaim gratitude and grace for God’s unshakable presence in our lives?

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June 18 – Blessings in Each Moment – Psalm 113:1-4 & 104:19-23
July 2 – Bless to Me – Psalm 148:7-12 & 42:1-4
July 9 – Blessing the World – Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 & 31:1-8
July 16 – Celebrating Presence – Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

With thanks to the wonderful resources and ideas from Worship Design Studio.

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