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Listen to the entire service online, including Rev. Lois Annich’s sermon For Capri (and all God’s children!) on Philippians 4: 1-9 and Luke 3: 21-22.
Listen to the entire service online, including Rev. Dr. John C. Lentz Jr.’s sermon House Rules on Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and Philippians 3: 4b-14.
Listen to the entire worship service online. The sermon by Rev. Dr. John C. Lentz, “Is the Lord Among Us Or Not?” begins around 20 minutes in.
I need to start this sermon by making a confession. I did not come up with the title. My dear husband did. It’s one of the perks of being a clergy couple–we frequently talk about sermons and other aspects of our ministries over morning coffee. A few weeks ago as we were contemplating the lectionary texts for today Richard said, “I think a good title for a sermon on this text would be “Bread and Whine.” (And not the kind of wine you drink…)
I have always loved these great stories of the Hebrew Bible. They are stories of redemption and liberation from oppression, in which God finally hears and frees and saves. That is the narrative arc of the Bible we read and the God we serve.
Even though I love summertime and summer services at 10:00 and the summer choirs and quartets – and actually it feels funny putting this robe back on – I love Kick Off Sunday. The festival, the beginning of Adult Ed, seeing the children in the choirs…and it’s good to see you all! Welcome back.
In May of this year I began a new job at Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) where I serve as the coordinator of community partnerships. On my second day on the job I was given the opportunity to start a new program called the Mayor’s Neighborhood Corps.
With all that is going on in our world, our nation, and right here at church, it is good to remember what binds us together: Jesus Christ–“the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” as Peter declares to Jesus as they come into the district of Caesarea Philippi.
There is no audio recording for today’s outdoor worship service.
Remember the classic story of the Spanish gentleman La Mancha Alonso Quijano who, in states of dementia would take on an alter ego, Don Quixote, and chase imaginary windmills, fight dragons and save maidens in distress?
The recording begins with a special one-minute arrangement of We Shall Overcome sung by the Women’s Ensemble of Patty Console, Shelly Jesberger, Elizabeth Shaw and Beth Zych.
Earlier in the week as I was meditating on today’s Gospel story I was reminded of the old introduction to a comedy routine that goes something like this– “I’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news…” This is one of those stories with a happy ending we all yearn for, but I was drawn first to the bad news, to the earlier part of the story where the disciples are far from land, battered by the waves and tossed about by fierce winds.