Sermons on Community

Sermons on Community

To See and Be Seen

Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The…

A Diversity of Community

Day of Pentecost Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: John 14:8-17, (25-27) 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?…

Unlike Any Other

Sixth Sunday of Easter Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: John 14:23-29 23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25”I have said these things to you while I…

Othering

Fifth Sunday of Easter Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings First Lesson: Acts 11:1-18 1Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, 5“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in…

Not Alone

Fourth Sunday of Easter Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Second Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17 9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the…

Either-Or

Fourth Sunday in Lent Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 11“There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to…

Better Than

Third Sunday in Lent Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4Or those eighteen who were killed when the…

Expectations

Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany Link to start of Sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown…

The Declaration

Third Sunday After the Epiphany Link to start of Sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 4:14-21 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,17and the…

The Advent of Joy

Second Sunday After the Epiphany Link to start of sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: John 2:1–11 1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet…

The Manifestation of God’s Mystery

First Sunday After Epiphany Link to Start of Sermon Service Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and…

God’s In Control

First Sunday of Advent Link to start of sermon Worship Booklet This Sunday’s Readings Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. 11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the…