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sermons are recorded live during Sunday Service. Links to online NIV Bible verses are in BLUE

 

8th Sunday after Pentecost

July 30th, 2017 "A PLETHORA OF PUZZLING PARABLES"

July 30th - Pastor Susan Taylor

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

READINGS AND PSALM

1 Kings 3:5-12    Solomon’s prayer for wisdom

Psalm 119:129-136  When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130)

Romans 8:26-39   Nothing can separate us from God’s love

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52     Parables of the reign of heaven


7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 23rd, 2017 "CAN I GET AN AMEN?"

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July 23rd - Pastor Ron Zielske

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES FOR JULY 23rd

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.

READINGS AND PSALM

Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19   God’s sovereignty: both righteous and forbearing

Psalm 86:11-17    Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth. (Ps. 86:11)

Romans 8:12-25    The revealing of the children of Go

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43     The parable of the weeds


6th Sunday after Pentecost

July 16th, 2017 "HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?"

July 16th - Pastor Ron Zielske

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES FOR JULY 16TH

God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.

READINGS AND PSALM

Isaiah 55:10-13   Growth of the word to accomplish God’s purpose

Psalm 65:1-13    Your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:11)

Romans 8:1-11    Live according to the Spirit

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23      The parable of the sower and the seed


5th Sunday after Pentecost

July 9th, 2017  "YOKED"

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July 9th, 2017  - Pastor Ron Zielske

InTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES FOR JULY 9th

The term 'yoke' is often associated with burden but Jesus tells us that with Him, our load is made light. Paul details the burden of the will of the flesh, the inclination to sin, battling against the law of the mind which desires to do good.  The readings today point out that we are prisoners of hope who turn to Jesus for our salvation.

READINGS AND PSALM

Zechariah 9:9-12      The king will come in humility and peace

Psalm 145:8-14        The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 

Romans 7:15-25a     The struggle within the self

Gospel

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30      The yoke of discipleship


4th Sunday after Pentecost

July 2nd, 2017  "A CUP OF WELCOME"

July 2nd, 2017  - Pastor Ron Zielske

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES FOR JULY 2ND

The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with the lowly and outcast. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

 

Readings and Psalm

Judges 6:36-40  Testing the Fleece

Psalm 136:1-4, 23-26 His love endures forever

Ephesians 4:11-16  Speak in truth and built up in love 

Gospel

John 14:1-7 Jesus, the way to the Father