Sunday Worship Services

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

July 3, 2022 with Communion and we will provide Deaf Ministry Service

 

God is there to save us, but works in mysterious ways. In 2 Kings, a Hebrew captive entreats her master, Naaman, to travel to Israel so that he might be healed of leprosy. Another foreign servant convinces Naaman to do as the prophet Elisha bids, that Naaman may indeed be made clean. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus sends seventy followers out to share God’s blessings and peace, knowing he is sending them out, “like lambs into the midst of wolves” (10:3 NRSV). Galatians urges us to correct transgressors in a spirit of gentleness. True power, godly power, seems to come from those who have every reason to withhold it.

 

2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

July 10, 2022     

Divine and human judgment focus these readings. In Amos, God uses a plumb line to judge Israel, finding it wanting. The psalmist calls God to take up the roll of judge once again, wondering how long the sins of the judge once again, wondering how long the sins of the wicked and the powerful will be tolerated to the detriment of the weak and the orphan. Having heard of the faith of the Colossians, Paul judges them worthy of their calling. Faithfulness leads to growth in grace, love, truth, and life. Asked by a lawyer, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan and asks the man to judge for himself who his neighbor is. Although we often react negatively to the idea of judging, these passages make clear that sound judgment can be a righteous enterprise. We are called to righteous judgment, without being judgmental.

 

Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

 

 

July 17, 2022

 

At first glance, these scriptures are tied together because God is not pleased with the people: neglecting the poor, greedy attitudes, dishonesty, and being hospitable, but not in the way we are to be. It doesn’t feel very uplifting for a Sunday in July. But maybe people do need to “sweat it out”--recognizing how we too often please ourselves, feel self-righteous, and try to do what the world says is right. But in the midst of God’s displeasure, God’s love remains—offering forgiveness and right relationship. Still we need to change our ways to walk in the way of God.

 

 

Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

July 24, 2022

 

Although it can seem that God has turned away from us, or that we are being rejected for our failings, the truth is much different: God’s love is always with us. No matter what we have done or how long we have turned away, we are always beloved children of the living God. Like a good parent, God gives us the bread of life, so that we have what we need to feed the world with love.

 

Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

 

July 31, 2022    Pastor Dawn at Chatauqua

Today’s scriptures portray God’s faithfulness, even in the face of radical disobedience and unrighteous behavior. In Hosea, God laments that Israel and Ephraim, whom God suckled like a nursing mother, has turned to serve other gods. Yet God’s wrath is stilled, and hope is offered, that the people may return from exile. The psalmist praises God’s steadfast goodness. Colossians warns us that our true lives are hidden with Christ in God, we we should avoid reveling in earthly pleasures and unrighteous behavior. Treat everyone with equal respect, for we are one in Christ Jesus. In Luke, Jesus warns against the powers of greed, teaching us to store up treasures for ourselves in heaven, not on earth.

Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

August 7, 2022    Communion and Deaf Services

Eschatology focuses this week’s readings, as we contemplate the coming of God’s reign. Isaiah warns that God is not pleased with hollow worship and sacrifice. One must be cleansed by ceasing to do evil and by seeking justice. Likewise, the psalmist proclaims that salvation will be given to those whose sacrifice is praise and thanksgiving. In Hebrews, we are reminded of our ancestors’ faith in things unseen, and of their hope in that which is yet to come. Luke tells us that God takes pleasure in opening God’s realm to use. We must be alert, therefore, and ready to take action. God’s reign is both here already, and not yet fully realized. Such is the challenge of faith.

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

August 14, 2022

 

Today’s readings highlight the unexpected truth of lives of faith: Destruction happens. Division happens. Faith does not always yield happy endings. Whichever passage we focus on today, we discover that faith does not yield a predictable or “happily ever after” ending. But it does require perseverance, we move forward with God–even when moving forward with God divides us from those who are on different journeys, endangers our lives along the path, or even leaves us in a barren wilderness awaiting life and salvation. Perhaps this is why resurrection is such an important aspect of the Christian journey. The reality is this: Death comes. Destruction comes. Division comes. Hope arises in the miracle that life goes on anyway. New life emerges. Resurrection calls us to start again every time death comes to call.

Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56

August 21, 2022

 

In today’s scriptures, God dignifies the very lives we tend to undervalue. Jesus heals a crippled woman, showing that God is not content to wait while someone suffers, even if it is the sabbath. Young Jeremiah, who doubts his own qualifications, learns that God has called and equipped him for great things. The psalmist feels assured of God’s blessing, even from the beginning of life. We are all worthy of God’s affections. May we treat ourselves and our neighbors accordingly.

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17

 

August 28, 2022  

 

Hospitality, and the call to offer hospitality to strangers and neighbors, flow through both Hebrews 13 and Luke 14. Even Jeremiah’s judgment against the Israelites heralds back to the lost value of being God’s people, caring for the least, and welcoming the outcast. These transgressions lead to the Israelites becoming outcast in exile. Until we remember and pursue these values, we run the risk of being both lost and least. But when we embrace these values, we become the hosts and community of mutual love–the community of love Jesus envisions his followers to be. Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14