Sunday Message: Faith springing into action

Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost - September 2, 2018 Psalm 15 and James 1-17-27  How many of us remember, at one time or another, hearing a sermon preached and then saying, “Wow, I really hope my friend or family member so and so was listening. They really needed to hear that”? How often don’t we think the Word applies to everyone but us? Let’s maintain the attitude, “Lord, is there something You w...
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Sunday Message: Ways of responding to the Life-giving Bread

Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost - August 26, 2018 Psalm 84 and John 6:56-71 Our gospel passages for the past four Sundays have been from John chapter 6. It has been about Jesus describing Himself as the Bread of Life. Each time it was connected with the sacraments, both of Holy Communion as well as Baptism. Today is the fifth and last Sunday from John chapter 6. Here the gospel-writer turns towar...
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Sunday Message: Meeting God who became human just like us

Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost - August 19, 2018 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58 There is a popular song that the Irish singer and songwriter Bono sings, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” The first three verses go like this:  I have climbed the highest mountains I have run through the fields Only to be with you Only to be with you ...
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So very ordinary

Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost - August 12, 2018 1 Kings 19:4-8 and Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 When God acts, we tend to think it has to happen with bolts of lightning and huge miraculous events. Of course we all know that it’s anything between the ordinary and the very extraordinary. God is God exactly because God acts in marvelous ways, but is present in all we experience....
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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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