This Sunday, the third Sunday in Lent, we will look at Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Corinth was a fledgling church in a wealthy trading area, so these new Christians were influenced by many philosophies that contradicted the message of Christ; thus causing problems that permeated the young church. Were the people of the Corinthian church devoted to following Jesus, or more interested in the ideologies of their culture? This was the question and the challenge Paul offered his readers. 1st Corinthians is a popular book of the New Testament, perhaps because so many readers today (especially Americans) see ourselves and our churches in many of the struggles and controversies of this epistle. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 to prepare for this Sunday.
If you grew up going to Christian camps or youth groups, you may have sung: “Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning…” This Sunday in worship, we will hear Jesus’ parable of the ten bridesmaids, which is where this little song gets its theme. Join us as we reflect upon the meaning of this story, and see that keeping oil in our lamps isn’t just a message for kids, but for Christians of all ages and stages of life. Read Matthew 25:1-13 to prepare for this Sunday’s worship.
In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we will hear the Parable of the Sower, one of Jesus’ most well-known and beloved parables. Jesus often spoke in parables to help his listeners get a glimpse of what God’s kingdom looks like. So, how are we enlightened by a story about a farmer sowing seeds? What can we learn about ourselves; and most importantly, what can we learn about God? Read Matthew 13: 1-23 to prepare for this Sunday.
#57. The Second Sunday of Easter - Rev. Jim Humphries
From The Pulpit of DUMC
In our online worship service this weekend, we will look at how the disciples spent their time in the hours and days following Jesus’ emergence from the tomb. While Easter is a time of great joy and celebration for us today, those initial hours after Jesus’ resurrection brought fear and trepidation to his closest followers. We read in John’s gospel how Jesus returned to his friends to address their feelings of anxiety. How might Jesus reach us today in our own times of fear and uncertainty? Read John 20: 19-31 to prepare for this Sunday’s worship.
This Sunday in worship, we will continue our sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins, looking specifically at the sin of Wrath. Everyone gets angry; even Jesus, as we will hear more about on Sunday. But what is it that makes our anger a sin before God; and is it always? And what is the remedy for our anger? How do we live in a world that is so filled with anger, hatred and division? Read Matthew 5: 21-26 and Ephesians 4: 25-32 to see how Jesus and Paul address the topic of anger, and join us Sunday to hear how you might use this Lenten season to work on your own challenges.
When we hear the words “hospital” or “hospice,” we envision places that offer tremendous care, compassion, and healing for others. Chances are, we may not see “hospitality” in quite the same way, though all three words have the same origin. The Bible urges us to rethink our definition of hospitality beyond just offering a friendly smile or handshake to others. Biblical hospitality is rooted in genuine compassion (and even healing) for the stranger, for we see God’s image in their eyes.As we complete our sermon series this Sunday on “Biblical Hospitality,” we will see how Jesus himself addresses the issue. Jesus will help us see that the Old Testament commandment to be hospitable to the stranger is a personal invitation from God, with eternal consequences. To prepare for worship this Sunday, please read Matthew 25.
It is said that we only get one chance to make a first impression. This Sunday, as we finish up our sermon series on the subject of "Sabbath," we will see how Jesus chose to begin his public ministry in Nazareth, how his words give us a good first impression for the type of Lord he will be, and the radical kingdom he ushers upon the earth. Sabbath is a key component of this kingdom. Have you ever thought of Sabbath as radical? Read Leviticus 25 and Luke 4 to prepare for worship this Sunday