Sermons & Worship from August 2022

Ordinary Instruments; Magnificent Music

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 150; Matthew 16:13-17 The person who has become known as one of the greatest makers of violins who ever lived was Stradivari. There was also Guarneri, but not as well known. For all of the years since the death of Stradivari, makers of violins have tried to discover his secrets. One of his violins is in a museum in Italy. It is locked in a case that has temperature and humidity controls so that it can…

Hope in Action

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-10; Psalm 139:1-6; Hebrews 3:1-13 God never leaves God’s people without a leader. Joshua is set apart by God to lead the Hebrews in the wilderness after the death of Moses. Moses had brought the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt and had led them for 40 years during their wandering in the desert. After the 40 years had passed, a new generation of people now had an identity as God’s people. The time in the desert had…

Changed or Transformed

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-10; Psalm 146:8-10; Romans 12:1-3 When we look at any of the writings of the prophets, we are reminded about how difficult the people of God found it to be faithful in their relationship which they had established with God through the Covenant of the Law. Their greatest difficulty seems to have been with the commandments that were given to maintain that relationship with Yahweh, namely, the ones that God declared to them, saying, I am the Lord…

Well-Placed Hope

Scripture: Lamentations 3:19-24; Psalm 33:1-4; Romans 5:1-5 There is a familiar saying, “What was old is new again.” Today’s text from Lamentations is old, about the result of the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah as a whole by Babylon, and it is new again as we witness the war and devastation in this present day. We have already talked about the return and the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, but we must not forget what the people lived through…