Would that all the Lord's people would be prophets

Children’s Sermon (Come out with eye patch, hook, and hopping on one foot) OK, I am ready to read the gospel lesson today! What, is something wrong?? (kids respond to crazy get up) I am just following what Jesus says in our Gospel lesson today: “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. If you foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; If you eye causes you to sin, tear it out.” Well, I didn’t really do all that. And Jesus doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves. So what is he talking about?? This story really connects with the one we heard last week about Jesus. He had the little child on his lap, and said, “whoever welcomes this little one, welcomes me.” But today’s lesson shows that Jesus

Just do it.

Two weeks ago, a momentous thing happened in our family: my son, Joel, cut his hair. He had been growing it for three years, and it was as long as mine, with great curls. He got a short haircut, a little longer on top, shorter on the sides. The day after he got his haircut, Joel went to resident camp for a week. There aren’t many mirrors at Calumet, but every time Joel looked into one that week, he did a double take—who is that kid with the short hair?? He kept forgetting what he looked like. That’s the metaphor the apostle James uses in our second lesson today. He is describing the temptation to neglect backing up one’s words with action, as if you have forgotten what it was you just said y

Welcoming All God's Children

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Elaine was a church goer—her husband wasn’t. She had two active boys under the age of three, and she wanted them raised in the church. But Elaine was worried about their behavior—they were a handful. How would people accept them? Elaine finally took the plunge and visited a church nearby. Her boys were predictably squirrelly— the cheerios she had brought quickly disappeared for the older one and the younger one fussed because he wanted to nurse. They were esp noisy during the sermon, and Elaine got a few ‘looks’-- they had disturbed others around her. Red faced, Elaine

Black lives matter, all lives matter: The Phoenician mother and Jesus

The mother was in anguish. She was from the powerful Phoenician city of Tyre, a wealthy town on the sea, full of prosperous business and learned people. But no amount of learning or money had helped her. Her daughter was mentally and emotionally disturbed, tormented by demons she could not conquer. The woman wasn’t a Jew, but came to Jesus anyway. It was a long shot—Jesus was a Galilean peasant, from a laborer’s family, learned in Jewish scriptures but not much else. But she had heard he was a healer, and she knew she had to try. She forced her way into the house where he was staying, and bowed down before Jesus and begged him to heal her daughter. Jesus said, “Let the children be fed first,

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  

                

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