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Godly surprises

Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost - August 5, 2018 Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-39; Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 6:24-35 Suprises—pleasant surprises, who doesn’t like pleasant surprises? They break the dull, the routine, the blah of life and give us new views to keep life full of adventure. Having our days spiced up can be fun. Even some bright, crisp and clear new flowers in our garden can fill us ...
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God loves me – always

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost - July 29, 2018 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 Every once in a while a young man falls in love with a woman, we all know that. You might be in your twenties and then there’s this woman that appears all out the blue and she knocks all common sense out of your life. How does this man make it known? He pursues her with his love and purs...
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A fish story – Youth-led service

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost - July 22, 2018 Matthew 4:12–23; 1 Corinthians 1:10–18 and Isaiah 9:1–4 This past week in VBS, our theme has been ‘Gone Fishing’. We had lessons that covered stories about Noah and Jonah from the Old Testament, and then we transitioned over to stories about Jesus’ ministry, beginning with the calling of the first disciples on the shores of Galilee to the miracle of the ...
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Fruit of the Spirit – part four

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - July 15, 2018 Galatians 5:22-23 and Romans 7:15-25 At the conclusion of the four-part series of messages on the fruit of the Spirit this morning, we are looking at the three last fruit, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Now we’ve already focused on the first six fruit. Today we’re going to come to the last three of the fruit of the Spirit. We’re focusin...
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Fruit of the Spirit – part three

Seventh Sunday of Pentecost – July 8, 2018 Galatians 5:22-23 and John 15:4-5 Did you know that at one time generosity was illegal in Santa Cruz, California? That's right. It was illegal for someone to put money in other people's parking meters without their permission. The practice called “plugging coins” was considered an illegal act by Santa Cruz municipal code. The fine for a parking violatio...
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Fruit of the Spirit – part two

Sixth Sunday of Pentecost - July 1, 2018 Galatians 5:16-26 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Long before the 1955 movie “Love is a many splendored thing”, starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones, and a very popular song with that title, continuing with “…It’s the April rose that only grows in the early Spring” also emerged, God’s great act of love had been demonstrated. Yes, indeed, God’s love was dem...
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The places where God is already at work (Mission and Outreach Sunday)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - June 24, 2018 John 4:7-30 and Zechariah 9:9-10 Mission? Some people sneer at this very word. But Jesus, God’s Great Missionary, was and continues to be our example. Mission is the outreach of God’s caring for the whole world. This is what God is about. Indeed, this happens in every square inch of our existence. We might be surprised to know where God is already at ...
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We must not be everyone else

Third Sunday after Pentecost - June 10, 2018 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15; Psalm 138 and 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Our readings for today begin with the children of Israel asking for a king in place of God and His prophets in 1 Samuel 8:4-20. The Israelites have observed that Samuel is aging and is going to leave them soon and his sons are incompetent leaders. They decide to request for a king. What c...
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Fruit of the Holy Spirit – part one

Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 3, 2018 Galatians 5:13-26 and 1 John 4:7-11 Having celebrated the season of the Holy Spirit, during Pentecost, I thought it might be great to pause with a mini-series about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is however a rather elusive thing to live out these nine fruit. We never fully get to live with those fruit.  This is due to the fact that we have many ...
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Amazing grace

Trinity Sunday - May 27, 2018 Romans 5:1-5 William Barclay once wrote about a group of soldiers during World War II who lost a friend in the heat of battle. Being paratroopers far removed from the other soldiers and seemingly on their own they decided to bury their fallen comrade in a foreign land. So they made a crude device and carried their fiend until they came upon a small church with a gra...
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