September 17, 2017 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost) The End

When Jerusalem was conquered and life as they had known it came to an end, many of God’s people – the leading citizens of the city of Jerusalem and the kingdom of Judah – were carried away into exile in Babylon – about a thousand miles away from their beloved homes in what is now the modern nation of Iraq.  That is what the Babylonians did with conquered people – to prevent any rebellion.  And there they lived for… you’ll have to stay tuned for the rest of the story, because we will learn more about the exile of God’s people for the next two Sundays.

September 3, 2017 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)   Reflect

Our summer together in the sandbox comes to an end today.  So we have a chance to “reflect” on what we have experienced and learned with our themes of joy, flexibility, compassion, illumination, protection, renewal, trust, dream, delight, fresh start, sharing the Word, and light-hearted.

What was most memorable about this summer in the sandbox?

What did you learn about God, yourself, your relationships, etc.?

August 20, 2017 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

-        Matthew 22:34-40

Perhaps I should preface my sermon today by saying I did not choose this reading for this particular Sunday.  This text was chosen by our Creative Worship Team months ago, as they planned their Summer Sandbox series.  But it is fascinating how the Word of God sometimes intersects with current events.

This story has Jesus responding to a question from a Jewish Pharisee, which is interesting, since the Wednesday morning Engaging Faith study group just learned this week about ancient Judaism, and had a discussion on Thursday with a modern Jewish rabbi.

Previous sermons

August 13 2017 - Fresh Start

August 6 2017 - D is for Delight