May 28, 2017
Story: Galatians 3:1-9; 23-29 (p. 1062-3, Pew Bible)
Sermon: “Free Climbing Faithful”
Reflection: The Family United
We hear again from Paul and again it may sound strident and uncompromising. But, the crux of the matter is that we are all united together through Jesus Christ, and through him we become one family together. This is the Good News! All—that is everyone! All humanity is part of this inheritance, and there is no difference of creed, color, race: we are all God’s children. As you prepare today, give thanks to God for this world wide family, and pray for those who do not realize the gift that is theirs for the taking.
Hymns We Will Sing:
*HYMN #246 “Christ Is Alive!” (TRURO)
*HYMN #337 “My Country ’Tis of Thee (AMERICA)
*HYMN #318 “In Christ There Is No East or West” (ST. PETER)
Story: Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 (p. 1061-2, Pew Bible)
Sermon: “Trust in God’s Grace”
Reflection: Living By Faith
Today we hear a tale of conflict and compromise. Paul is indignant that Peter has been compromising in order to appease differing factions. Paul appears to be beyond this, and condemns Peter for his perceived weakness. To us his attitude may seem uncompromising and arrogant; it may feel that Paul’s standards are so high as to be unreachable and unrealistic. But. Underlying all of his harsh words is the gift of grace which can help us through the most difficult of situations. As you prepare for worship, consider the times when you have compromised, or held back in order to keep the peace or avoid confrontation. Pray for guidance in your decision-making so that you will discern God’s leading.
Hymns We Will Sing:
*HYMN #438 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” (TOPLADY)
*HYMN #366 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (HYFRYDOL)
*HYMN #353 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (SOLID ROCK)
May 14, 2017
Story: Acts 15:1-18 (p. 1009, Pew Bible)
Sermon: “What Is The Nature Of The Church?”
Reflection: What Matters Most?
Today we hear how the first leaders of the church struggled with balancing what was really important. Suddenly they were welcoming people from all sorts of backgrounds and traditions, and trying to bring them under all the old rules too. It was causing a rift; it was causing a deal of unrest. So, they did what they could: they sought wisdom from the apostles and elders and they prayed for God’s guidance. The answer was simple, we are saved not by what we do or say, but only by the grace of Jesus. How we can learn from this? As you prepare for worship, reflect on how God’s grace has enabled you and ask again for the grace you need, when you need it.