Sunday, February 3, 2019

Theme: What in the Bible Makes us Curious?

Questions: How did Noah stop the animals from eating one another on the ark? Did God have to work special magic?

Where did Jesus get his money to live on to be able to preach?

Why do we never hear of miracles anymore? They seemed so common in the Bible are we just too skeptical today?

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Sunday, January 20, 2019 - Questions of Mary, Joseph, and the Birth Narrative

Scriptures

Luke 1:26-31, 34-35, 38

Matthew 1:18-21

Matthew 2:9-11

Matthew 2:13-15, 19-21

Hymns and Other Music

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Shine, Jesus, Shine

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Reflection Questions

What qualities in Mary do you admire?

What are the qualities in Joseph that you admire?

What are some gifts that made a difference in your life?

Have you ever had the intuition that something was about to happen and did it affect your actions?

Further Exploration

Exodus 1:8-12 - connected to Egypt

Luke 1:39-56 - Mary

Luke 2:39-51 - Mary and Joseph

John 2:3-5; 19:25-27 - Mary

Acts 1:14 - Mary

Sermon Series

Exploring the Questions

January 27th - Questions of Ordering the Religious and Biblical Life

When in the calendar do all of the holidays really fall and why did it change?

Who decided what books were put in the bible and why those books?

February 3rd - What in the Bible Makes us Curious?

February 10th - Living Well

February 17th - Living Well: Understanding Relationships of Caesar and God

February 24th - Other Religions

March 3rd - Discernment/Prayer/Conversation

March 10th - Why do some choose negativity?

March 17th - Exploring Forgiveness

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - "Claiming Our Worth"

Scriptures

Isaiah 43:1-7

Psalm 29:3-4, 9

Acts 8:14, 17

Hymns and Other Music

Wonder

Standing on the Promises

When Peace like a River

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring

Guide My Feet

Reflection Questions

What does it mean to you that God knows you by name?

When have you felt the most alone? Why?

What does it mean to you to have as much worth as those considered the most powerful and influential in the world?

What fear do you wish you could rid yourself of for all time?

How do you feel when God stands with you?

Sermon Series

Exploring the Questions

January 20th - Questions of Mary, Joseph and the Birth Narrative

January 27th - Questions of Ordering the Religious and Biblical Life

February 3rd - What in the Bible Makes us Curious

February 10th - Living Well

February 17th - Living Well: Understanding Relationships of Caesar and God

February 24th - Other Religions

March 3rd - Discernment/Prayer/Conversation

March 10th - Why do some choose negativity?

March 17th - Exploring Forgiveness

Christmas Eve 2018

Scriptures

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96:1-4

Luke 2:5-7, 13-14

Hymns and Other Music

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Still, Still, Still

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Mary Did You Know

There’s a Song in the Air

Go, Tell It on the Mountain

Angels We Have Heard on High

O, Holy Night

Once in Royal David’s City

Silent Night

Joy to the World

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - "Worthless to Relief"

Scriptures

Luke 1:46-55

Psalm 126

Hymns and Other Music

My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout

People, Look East

To a Virgin Meek and Mild

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Joy to the World

Reflection Questions

How do you feel God has favored you?

Have you ever made decisions that resulted in someone having more compassion on you?

Have you ever experienced or witnessed the cliché “pride goes before the fall.”?

When have you been the receiver of mercy?

How have you experienced a change in circumstance from crying to joy? What caused the change?

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - "Barriers"

The second Sunday of Advent is centered on the theme of peace.

Scriptures

Malachi 3:1-4

Luke 3:1-6

Hymns and Other Music

Prepare the Way, O Zion

My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout

To Hear the Angels Sing

Noel

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Reflection Questions

Who do you listen if you want your life to change?

Have you wanted God to speak to you?

What are you willing to change in your life for peace?

What does peace mean to you?

What does it mean to live at peace with God?

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - "Hopeful Wonder"

Scriptures:

Jeremiah 33:14-16

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Psalm 25:1-2, 4-5, 8-10

Hymns and Other Music

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Wait! Watch!

Away in a Manger

My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Reflection Questions

What do you wish God would bring about in your life?

How do others help you to see God?

How does knowledge help you to have hope?

How might prayer impact you having hope?

What is your prayer for yourself and others?

What are the things you wonder about in life that inspire you?

What are the things that make you hopeful?

Sunday, November 25, 2018 - "Honest to God"

Scriptures

2 Samuel 23:1-7

John 18:33-37

Hymns and Other Music

Our God Is an Awesome God

Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Be Thou My Vision

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Reflection Questions

What words would you want to leave behind?

How has a good leader directly impacted your life?

What the things you feel that God has given you?

Has your life been turned upside down in a negative way because of the actions of another person?

What type of leader do we choose to follow?

Bible Challenge

Young Disciples

What city will live in safety? Clue: Jeremiah 33

Adults

What will God be called? Clue: Jeremiah 33

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - "When it All Falls Apart"

Scriptures:

Mark 13:1-8

Psalm 16:1-2, 5-7, 11

Hymns and Other Music

Great Are You, Lord

All Creatures of Our God and King

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

Thanksgiving Medley

Take My Life

Reflection Questions

What are the things that impress you? Why?

What would surprise you if it fell apart?

Have you ever wanted to know how something will turn out before it happens?

Have you ever felt hopeless? Why?

Where do you draw strength from when things are difficult?

Bible Challenge

Young Disciples

Who provides victories? Clue: 2 Samuel 23

Adults

Who joined David at Harvest time? Clue: 2 Samuel 23

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - "Justice: What we do"

How often do we think about acts of justice resulting in freedom, dignity, and peace for ourselves and others? How do we understand our day to day actions as be engaged in acts of justice?

Scriptures

Romans 5:1-11

Isaiah 32:16-17

Psalm 35:24, 145:17

Hymns and Other Music

Canticle of the Turning

Lord, Prepare Me

In Christ Alone

Horizon (A New Day)

Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

Reflection Questions

How does God impact the way you live day to day?

How have difficult situations or events changed you for the better?

How have you felt God’s love in your life?

What types of relationships do you think would be helpful for you in the future?

What does a restored relationship with God look like?

Bible Challenge

Young Disciples

Who will shepherd the sheep? Clue: Isaiah 61

Adults

Who will be the farmers and the vinedressers? Clue: Isaiah 61

 


Further Study

Isaiah 1:16b-17 – Remove your ugly deeds from my sight. Put an end to such evil; learn to do good. Seek justice: help the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow.

 

Romans 1:16-17–  I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is God’s own power for salvation to all who have faith in God, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. God’s righteousness is being revealed in the gospel, from faithfulness for faith, as it is written, The righteous person will live by faith.

 

Romans 3:21-26 – But now God’s righteousness has been revealed apart from the Law, which is confirmed by the Law and the Prophets. God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in him There’s no distinction. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus. Through his faithfulness, God displayed Jesus as the place of sacrifice where mercy is found by means of his blood. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness in passing over sins that happened before, during the time of God’s patient tolerance. He also did this to demonstrate that he is righteous in the present time, and to treat the one who has faith in Jesus as righteous.

 

Quote

“God calls all human beings to live in relationships with God and their neighbors, relationships that express love, justice, and peace. These qualities are called virtues, or admirable traits; they empower human beings to realize their highest potential. People arrive at this stage through the grace of God and by practicing the virtues-by being honest, kind, generous, forbearing, and just.  – Thomas L. Schubeck’s book “Love that does Justice”

 

Glossary of Terms

-Rightouesness (dikaiosyne) – is that quality of life in relationship with others in the community that gives rise to justice.

-Judgment/Justice (kima/krisis) – is the establishment of the right, and of the person in the right, through fair legal procedures.

-Righteous/Justified Ones(dikaios/dikaioi) 

-To justify - to set right

Music Playlist

Standby Sly and the Family Stone (1969)

What’s Going On? by Marvin Gaye (1971)

How Do You Like Me Nowby Toby Keith (1999)

Gloryby Common and John Legend (2014)

 

Further Conversations with Others

(This is a challenge to engage others in conversation over the next week. Here are a couple of questions to help discuss with others)

How do you think the relationships you currently have are impacting your perspective on justice and righteousness?

What new relationships do you need to cultivate to learn more about righteousness and justice?

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - "Justice: Jesus & Dignity"

Scriptures

Luke 18:1-8

Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 24:17

Hymns and Other Music

God Welcomes All!

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Goodness Is Stronger than Evil

Wonder

O for a World

Reflection Questions

What do you think it means to judge someone fairly?

Have you ever felt like you were denied justice? How did that make you feel?

How often has persistence been the deciding factor in your life?

How do you think God provides justice for you?

How do you extend justice to someone else?

Bible Challenge

Young Disciples

In what can we take pride? Clue: Romans 5

Adults

What does character produce? Clue: Romans 5

 

Further Study

Luke 10:25-37– A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’  What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?” Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” - CEB

 

Isaiah 42:1-4- But here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight. I’ve put my spirit upon him; he will bring justice to the nations. He won’t cry out or shout aloud or make his voice heard in public. He won’t break a bruised reed; he won’t extinguish a faint wick, but he will surely bring justice. He won’t be extinguished or broken until he has established justice in the land. The coastlands await his teaching.

Quote

“Justice in its most general sense is a virtue that empowers a person to give everyone what is due. What is due all persons includes respecting their personhood and giving them equal treatment precisely because they are human beings.” – Thomas L. Schubeck’s book “Love that does Justice”

 

Glossary of Terms

-Rightouesness (dikaiosyne) – ethical standard – right relationship, gift, requirement, duty

-Judgment/Justice (kima/krisis) – retributive justice, restorative justice – advocating/taking steps to seek out the vulnerable

-Righteous/Justified Ones(dikaios/dikaioi) 

-To justify - to set right

Music Playlist

Respect by Aretha Franklin (1967)

Who Has the Answersby Andy Kim (1972)

Heal the Worldby Michael Jackson (1992)

Roarby Katy Perry (2013)

 

Further Conversations with Others

(This is a challenge to engage others in conversation over the next week. Here are a couple of questions to help discuss with others)

Have you ever felt something was unjust? Why did you think it was unjust?

How do you think something can go from unjust to just or vice versa?

How do you generally handle an injustice? Do you think there are other ways to deal with injustices?

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - "The Healing Struggle"

Scripture

Mark 7:24-37

Hymns and Other Music

O Day of Rest and Gladness

God Is Calling through the Whisper

For the Beauty of the Earth with All Things Bright and Beautiful

Song of Hope

Reflection Questions

What has made you want to fall at Jesus’ feet?

How do you respond to other people’s needs?

How often do you try to be a healing presence to someone else?

How often is finding healing a pleasant process?

How often do you share good words or stories with others?

Bible Challenge

Young Disciples

What did Peter do to Jesus? Clue: Mark 8

Adults

What does complacency do? Clue Proverbs 1

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