Making Sense of the Bible

January 29 – February 26, 2017

United Methodists believe that the Bible reveals the Word of God, and that through the Holy Spirit, the Bible is our guide for faith and practice. This book is essential to Christian life. It’s a must read. But, it’s not always an easy read. We find ourselves inspired and transformed, but sometimes confused and deeply disturbed.

We wonder what makes the Bible holy and sacred. We wonder at the Bible’s relationship with scientific discoveries. We cringe at the violence, and wonder if God could really command genocide. Are women really required to be silent and submissive? What about human sexuality?

This sermon series takes an honest look at the Bible, and helps us make sense of it all.

January 29 What Is This Book? (1 John 1:1-4)

February 5 The Violence Problem (Matthew 5:38-48)

February 12 Science and Religion: Friend or Foe? (Psalm 8) Rev. Joy Moss

February 19 Equality (Galatians 3:23-29)

February 26 The Bible, United Methodist Church, and Same-Gender Relationships (Romans 1:23-32)

2017 Prayer Series

PRAYER: Finding God, Yourself, and the World

January 1 There’s Something Going On (Matthew 2:1-12)

January 15 The World Is My Parish (Micah 6:6-8) Rev. Joy Moss

January 22 The Prayer of Examen (Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24)

2016 Commitment Series

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Music is a big deal, so people sing. We sing in public. We sing in the shower. We sing in choirs and quartets and bluegrass bands. We sing our national anthems, our happy birthdays, and our prayers before dinner. We sing our favorites from Nat King Cole or Tom Petty, and we sing our babies to sleep. Psalm 100 says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” So we sing our faith. Because God is worthy. Because we are the church.

October 9 Prayer

October 16 Worship (Rev. Joy Moss)

October 23 Holiness

October 30 Generosity

November 6 Service (Commitment Sunday)

November 13 Witness

Crucial Conversations: What to Say When the Stakes Are High

We all experience moments when we suddenly realize (or should realize!) that we are involved in a crucial conversation with someone that matters. A crucial conversation has been defined as “a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong.” Whether at home, at work, or at church, we need to handle them well. This sermon series is all about that.

September 11 The Forgiveness Problem (Matthew 5:21-24)

September 18 Come and See (John 1:43-45) Rev. Joy Moss

September 25 I Disagree! (Acts 15:1-11)

October 2 Speak the Language (Acts 2:5-11)

Olympic Faith

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August 7 Olympic Gold

August 14 Just Keep Swimming

August 21 Torches and Batons

August 28 Olympic Rings: A Call to Kinship

September 4 Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Earth Day Series

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“God called the dry land earth, and saw that it was good.” -Genesis 1:10

April 10, 2016 “Keepers of the Garden”

April 17, 2016 “Polar Bears and Penguins”

April 24, 2016 “Salmon and Sea Turtles”

Sermons in Lent

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February 14 Gluttony and Greed Luke 4:1-13

February 21 Pride

February 28 Envy and Lust John 8:1-11

Machr 6 Communion: A Feast for Life

March 13 Sloth Luke 13:6-9

March 20 Wrath Matthew 21:12-17

March 27 Blood, Fire and Idle Tales Luke 24:1-12

2016 Prayer Series

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January 10   Under the Hood   (Matthew 16:24-26)

January 17   In the Garage   (Matthew 14:13,23)

January 31   Owner’s Manual   (Psalm 119:9-16)

February 7  Backseat Driver   (Proverbs 17:17)