Sermons & Worship from May 2022

A Commissioning Event

Scriptures: Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:16-20 Today we heard read from the Gospel of Matthew the account of the ascension of Jesus into heaven. All of the Gospels either describe the event or refer to it. Throughout the Epistles we can read references to the ascension of Jesus. Jesus made arrangements to meet the disciples in Bethany on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. Let’s go and join them. The Mount of Olives, so called because it was the location of…

What is That in Your Hand?

Scriptures: Exodus 3:9-12; Romans 12:1-13 Most of us have had some wonderful surprises in our lives, but I think that none of us has ever experienced a surprise of the magnitude that confronted Moses as he tended the sheep in the land of Midian. Moses had long ago fled Egypt. He became a fugitive because he chose to identify with his heritage, the Hebrew people. Day after day Moses saw the Hebrews enslaved and brutalized by the Egyptians, and on…

Keeping a Holy Day

Scriptures: Leviticus 19:1-2; Psalm 66:1-4; Luke 13:10-16 A Sabbath, a day called Holy, a weekly day of rest had no parallel in any ancient civilization except among the Jews. In ancient times leisure was for the wealthy and the ruling classes only; never for the serving or laboring classes. The very idea of a day of rest each week was unimaginable for most people. The Greeks thought Jews were lazy because they insisted on having what the Greeks called a…

Sisters of the Faith

Scriptures: Judges 4:1-5; Psalm 31:1-3; Romans 16:1-5 Recently there has been a series of commercials built around the heritage that we have from our mothers and grandmothers. The commercials end by asking, “Who are the strong women in your life?” Today we salute the mothers of our nation, and I want to add to that number the women who may not have had children of their own but who served as teachers and mentors to many children whom they guided…

In Remembrance of Me

Scriptures: Exodus 13:1-8; Psalm 136:1-4; Luke 22:14-20 Grace Greater Than Our Sin is the hymn written by Julia H. Johnston in 1911. Listen to some of the words: Marvelous, infinite, matchless graceFreely bestowed on all who believe!You that are longing to see His faceWill you this moment His grace receive?Grace, grace, God’s graceGrace that will pardon and cleanse within;Grace, grace, God’s grace,Grace that is greater than all our sin! Every first Sunday of the month, and at other special times…