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Season of Pentecost — Ephesians 4 — Unity is not unanimity.

August 14, 2018 @ 5:44 pm

Ephesians 4: 1-16

The body of Christ needs to be in unity.  That doesn’t mean unanimous but at the same time, unity.  I am not sure of the classical distinction on unity versus unanimity, but ‘whole body’, ‘knit together’ ‘every ligament’ are comments I think about religion and what binds us together.

Bind us together Lord. 

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Season of Pentecost — Ephesians 3 and a third rule for Leadership!

July 8, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

 

The leadership principle is pretty simple:  There is a God and you are not it!  I play with that during the text in different ways, but the real thing is for us to be open the revelation of God in our hearts, but inviting God in. Can we just let God be God and we get out of the way of blocking entrance or even worse perhaps, inviting in, but then not encouraging God to live in all the rooms of the house.   

This is the 9:00 AM Service.  

Ephesians 3: 14-21.  Jan Woodmansee is the liturgist and does the reading.  

Thank you to the various commentaries in Feasting on the Word.  Wonderful resource.  

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Season of Pentecost: Ephesians First Rule of Church Leadership

June 29, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

Ephesians 1: 3-14 

Sermon one of seven from Ephesians.  Will introduce a "rule" per week.  

This week:  "Love your congregation where they are."  

 

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Season of Pentecost — If you can’t get out of it, Get into it!

June 19, 2018 @ 6:55 am

The 10:30 version of June 17th Sermon.  The title of "If you can't get out of it, get into it" comes from a Parker Palmer reflection I quote.  Use a couple of mountain climbing illustrations but the big idea is staying anchored in Jesus come good times or more challenging times. The other readings for this Sunday focused on horaculture themes of grafting and I used them a little.   

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Season of Pentecost — Trinity Sunday - an unpacking of the Holy Spirit

June 18, 2018 @ 6:47 pm

This is my Trinity Sunday attempt to explain the Trinity.  The passage is from John 3.  I focused on the Holy Spirit, since we focus on that so infrequently.  

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This Side of Easter: Making a Choice (May 13, 2018)

May 25, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

 

Ephesians 1 -- this is Mother's Day and we look at being a parent as a church.

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This Side of Easter: Being Surprised (May 6, 2018)

May 25, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

 

This is Acts 10 where Peter is surprised by what God is calling him to do, set aside almost everything he has previously known.  What is it that we have previously held as true and God has surprised us with what we need to do?  

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This Side of Easter: Finding Joy — April 29, 2018

May 2, 2018 @ 10:17 am

This is Bell Choir Sunday and we provided a quick flavor of the bells.  The sermon is from Acts 8 and the preacher is Ms Marilyn White!  

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This Side of Easter: The Name of the Good Shepherd — April 22, 2018

April 24, 2018 @ 11:04 am

The text is from Acts 4: 5-12 but we backed up a little to include Acts 4: 1, and annoyance of the Religious Authorities.  

The focus is on Peter and his transformation.  He is done denying Jesus.  

Who are we in this scene?  The status quo?  The change?  The listeners who go with the SQ or change?  The questions are directed individually and corporately.  

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This Side of Easter: Resurrection Remembered — April 15, 2018

April 18, 2018 @ 11:03 am

 

Acts 3 -- Mario looks at Peter (and John) who focus on remembering Jesus as resurrected.  What does it mean indeed to live on this side of Easter?  Part of it of course is to remember "he is risen, he is risen indeed."  Mario relies on N. T. Wright for part of his settling down points.  Tom Wright has made a visit or three to Hilltop ... great source for helping us frame our conversations.  

I also like how he used Acts 3 to be a place to talk to 1 Corinthians and Paul.  I like illustrations from the scripture!   

"All of my eggs are in that basket!"  

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