Sunday Worship Services
During this challenging time of the Covid-19 virus we have changed our worship time to 9:30 a.m.
October 11, 2020
We are partners in ministry and creation with God. Whether Moses is pleading for the lives of the Hebrew people, or Paul is pleading with the Philippians to turn to God and tone another for fullness of ministry and joy, today’s scriptures illustrate the power of partnering with God. Jesus presents an image of a wedding banquet that can be truly joy-filled only when everyone participates, from the greatest to the least, in full partnership with God. Moses reminds God of the divine partnership with the Hebrew people and convinces God not to destroy them when they fall short of God’s expectation. We too are given chances to change God’s mind. Even if we’re not Moses, we are all in a partnership with God. Being created in God’s divine image gives us a unique role and a powerful call to participate fully with the Holy One.
Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 (The Message)
Message: Turn to God
October 18, 2020 Laity Sunday
God is holy, set apart, and beyond our comprehension. And yet, God is as close as our next breath, intimately connected with us and knowable to us. As people of faith, we sometimes have trouble holding these two truths in tension with each other. The texts for today speak both of God’s glory and majesty as well as God’s deep love and concern for us. Created by God, we bear God’s image. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become imitators of God--visible signs of God’s presence with us.
Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22
October 25, 2020
Rev. Joel Garrettt, preaching
Good works are no guarantee of good fortune. God takes Moses up a mountain to see the promised land--a land Moses will never reach. The psalmist pleads with God to grant the people a year of blessing and peace for every year they have suffered evil. Paul brings the gospel to the Thessalonians despite his terrible treatment at Philippi. Despite seeking to teach us the ways of life, Jesus suffers question and scorn from those who seek to discredit him. And still, we are called to remain faithful, to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46