August 1, 2021
Continuing our VBS theme, “Rocky Railroad: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through”
Scriptures: Matthew 27:31-38; Matthew 28:1-10; Romans 8:11
Message: “The Old Rugged Cross”
Thread: This VBS lesson was about the power of the cross and Jesus’ power for us to live forever. Teaching the theology of the cross to kids is not easy. The images are difficult for them. Maybe difficult for us too. The message includes the backstory about the writing of the “Old Rugged” cross.
August 8, 2021
Message: “This Train is Bound for Glory”
Scriptures: Acts 2:42-47; John 15:12
Last of the VBS theme
Thread: The Transcontinental Railroad united our country east and west. The Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads completed in building the track, with the Central Pacific starting in Sacramento, California and the Union Pacific starting in Omaha, Nebraska. They met at Promontory, Utah and at the ceremony of completion, a golden spike was driven to commemorate the joining of east and west. But as followers of Christ, we have another kind of unity in mind, not connected with a golden spike, but with the golden thread of our great biblical teachings. The track that was laid for us is built by Christ. And our train is bound for glory!
August 15, 2021
Scriptures: Ephesians 5:15-20, Ephesians 5:15-20 and Psalm 111
August 18 is first day of school
Thread: Is it possible to have a thanksgiving without turkey? A thanksgiving worship that is not tethered to stewardship? Where we “sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,… making melody to the Lord in [our] hearts”? That is the goal for this Sunday, focused on the joy of worshipping our Lord.
August 22, 2021
Message: “Armored With Joy”
Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-20; Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-15 and Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12, John 6:56-69.
Thread: The “armor of G-d” has been preached many, many times and preachers wonder, “has the congregation heard enough of this?” But our focus will be about standing firm in the face of the world’s difficulties. When we announce that “we will serve the Lord”, maybe even our family questions if this is a hard thing to do. So, we put on that armor, but we also put on the joy we find in our faith. Our armor is incomplete unless we have joy.
“Doers of the Word” Preaching Series
August 29- September 26, 2021
This will be a five-part series based in the epistle of James. James, the brother of Jesus, was a practical sort. He wanted to see action, not words. The same likely goes for our own community. They need to see us at work as we continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
August 29, 2021
Scriptures: Mark 7:1-8, James 1:17-27
Thread: When we look in the mirror, do we like what we see? If we see an angry person, are we ashamed? If we see a hypocrite, are we driven to change our ways? James invites us to have a look in the mirror and assess what we see. To not forget that we see a child of G-d and a follower of Christ. And in holding that image firm in our hearts, we do G-d’s work. And in doing that work, we are perceived as being Christian in the community.