The Workers – 15th Sunday after Trinity, September 24, 2017

September 26, 2017
26 Sep 2017

Scriptures: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:14-21; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16

Peter wonders what the kingdom of Jesus owes him, since he has given so deeply to the cause.  In the parable of the workers sent into the field, Jesus corrects him – showing that the kingdom of God does not operate on a system of investment and obligation, but rather, entirely on the beautiful generosity of God, who is compassionate and gracious toward us.

Bless the Lord, O My Soul – 14th Sunday after Trinity, September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017
18 Sep 2017

Scriptures: Psalm 103; Romans 14:1-19; Matthew 18:21-35

Bless the Lord, and forget not his benefits!  Sin has touched all areas of our lives, destroying the proper relationship between us and God, ourselves, others, and nature.  The redemption that Jesus brings (as prophetically spoken by the psalmist) has benefits to bring healing to these relationships.  In this Psalm, we discover that our proper relationship with God is necessary for health to come in other relationships.

Win Your Brother – 13th Sunday after Trinity, September 10, 2017

September 11, 2017
11 Sep 2017

Scriptures: Ezekiel 33:1-11; Psalm 119:33-48; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 18:15-20

What do we do when we see a fellow believer in sin?  None of us are perfect yet, so how do we help one another?  The disciples kept asking Jesus who was to be the greatest in the Kingdom, but Jesus’ response is that our goal is to win people for the gospel, not win arguments for the gospel.  Our approach to spiritual conversations with believers and non-believers is to be both bold and humble.

Offer our Bodies – 12th Sunday after Trinity, September 3, 2017

September 5, 2017
05 Sep 2017

Scriptures: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:21-27

What does it mean to offer our bodies as living sacrifices?  Paul urges us to do just that in Romans 12.  As we look into this passage, we realize that it means using our energy and time to do the things God has created us to do.  We learn what he creates us for as we try things.

*This sermon begins with a look at Constance and her companions, rememberd as “martyrs of Memphis” on the church calendar, Sept 9.

Experiencing Truth – 11th Sunday after Trinity, August 27, 2017

August 30, 2017
30 Aug 2017

Scriptures: Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 11:25-36; Matthew 16:13-20

In Psalm 138, the Psalmist teaches us to pray and praise according the character and promises of God, making the expressions of our faith more complete and effective.  He expresses praise to God in the spiritual, political, and personal realm – applying the faithfulness and love of God to each sphere of life.

*This sermon begins with a discussion of Saints Monica and Augustine, celebrated in the church calendar this week.