Sunday Worship Services

During this challenging time of the Covid-19 virus we have changed our worship time to 9:30 a.m.

July 11, 2021   

 

What if every follower of God understood the opportunity we are given to be an honor to God’s glory? What if each of our words praised God’s glory? Ephesians 1:12 invites us to see ourselves this way, and the psalmist invites us to recognize that we belong to God alongside all of God’s creation. David sings and dances praise to God, but Michal resents him for doing so. Herod respects John the Baptist, but allows his daughter to turn her lovely dance into a demand for John’s death. Honoring God’s glory in our very being and praising God’s glory with every word and action prevents such misuse of our lives, even as it opens the door for praise, gratitude and discipleship--qualities we hope to guide our steps and define our lives.

 

 

2 Samuel 6:1-5; 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

 

 

July 18, 2021

 

God dwells in the people of God’s creation, not in buildings or houses. The way we live reveals the Spirit’s presence in our lives. The dynasties we build are valuable only in as much as they build God’s guidance in our lives. They dynasties we build are valuable only in as much as they build God’s realm on this earth. Each of today’s scriptures points to the power of God’s indwelling in the lives of people. 

 

2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

 

 

July 25, 2021

 

We can be thick as bricks sometimes. Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” And even King David succumbs to the worst version of himself as he commits adultery with Bathsheba and has her husband killed in battle. We are called to celebrate with Paul that all the families of the earth take their name in God, and that we discover God’s love in Christ. Finally, we are called to have an encounter with the one who feeds us and gathers up the fragments of our lives, that nothing may be lost.

 

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

August 1, 2021     Communion

 

How might we live as people worthy of God’s call in our lives? David faced a cruel reality when Nathan brought to light the error of his ways with Uriah and Bathsheba: Even the greatest of God’s followers can fall from grace if they lose sight of God’s call in their lives; even the wisest can stumble when they shirk the responsibility to live as people worthy of that call. Speaking truth in love, Nathan brings this reality to David’s attention and calls him back to living in a worthy manner. The letter to Ephesians, particularly these last three chapters, has much to teach us about how we can live in this worthy manner. Jesus reminds us throughout the sixth chapter of John that God offers us the spiritual nourishment we need in order to live this way. The nourishment and gifts we receive from God are blessings,as they were for David. But these are blessings meant to strengthen us as disciples, that we might bless and strengthen others. In this way, we can indeed live as people worthy of the call we receive.

 

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

 

August 8, 2021

 

The story of Absalom’s death reads like a Greek tragedy. David is left to weep over the loss of his son. The psalmist cries out to the Lord, noting that if God marked iniquities, none could stand. The author of Ephesians warns us to put away falsehood and anger, which lead to sin, and to replace evil talk and slander with acts of kindness and with practices that build up, rather than tear down. When Jesus describes himself as the bread of life and his hearers respond badly, he asks them not to complain among themselves, for no one can come to him unless drawn by God. Truly, nothing good comes from jealousy or complaining, anger, or resentment, plotting for scheming.

 

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

 

August 15, 2021

 

Three of today’s lections deal explicitly with wisdom and the benefits of wise behavior. In 1 Kings, Solomon inherits the throne of his father, David, and instead of asking God for riches, success in battle, or long life, Solomon asks God for the understanding and wisdom needed to lead God’s people. The psalmist warns that wisdom begins with proper awe and reverence for God: “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (v10 NRSV). The epistle advocates wisdom and filling our souls with the Holy Spirit, warning us against foolish behavior, drunkenness and depravity. And while the Gospel reading does not deal explicitly with wisdom, Jesus makes clear the wisdom of partaking of his body and blood to attain eternal life.

 

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

 

August 22, 2021

 

Today we hear about God’s dwelling place. In 1 Kings, we remember the story of King Solomon bringing the ark into the Temple. The Temple would become both a dwelling place for God and a place of prayer for the people. The psalmist longs for a place to dwell with God, to stand in the presence of the Lord. Turning to Ephesians and John, we are told that Christ is the dwelling place of God. Christ, the “Holy One of God”, becomes the one we follow. And by following Christ, by putting on the armor of God, we are able to boldly proclaim the truth and love of God.

 

1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

 

August 29, 2021

 

In luscious imagery and aromatic detail, the Song of Solomon and Psalm 45 depict the joy of union with our loving God. Delicious fruit and oils of gladness image of joyous world--the world as God intends. How quickly this world descends into the malicious gossip and sniping about eating with defiled hands. The Epistle warns us against hearing the word without living the word, and the Gospel warns us against against confusing human convention with divine instruction.

 

Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2,6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23