May Sermon Titles and Scriptures
We return to the revised common lectionary for our Easter Season and as we stretch our Easter arms towards Pentecost. And some folks will scoff, “So What?” but the faithful will ask, What’s Next? So, for the first three Sundays, we will experience of faith in lessons “Believe in Me”, “Follow Me” and “Listen to Me”. Then we will continue with the lectionary scriptures with a study of what follows as we are “Marked by Love” and “Sent by a Loving G-d”.
28 April 2019
Second Sunday of Easter.
Eastern Orthodox Easter.
Sermon Title: “Believe In Me”
Scriptures: Acts 5:27-32 and John 20:19-31.
05 May 2019
Third Sunday of Easter
Sermon Title: “Follow Me”
Scriptures: Acts 9:1-6 and John 21:1-9
The post resurrection call to “Follow Me” has a different feel to it. It is a new phase in the disciple’s ministry. Here we have Simon Peter reinstated as the leader of the church and told by Jesus to act as a shepherd to the church. We have Paul being yanked out of his world of persecuting Christians and put on a different path. To live for Jesus is to follow Jesus. How are we called to follow?
12 May 2019
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sermon Title: “Listen to Me”
Scriptures: Acts 9:36-43 and John 10:22-30
To live for Jesus is to listen to Jesus. I have been thinking about the rebuilding of Norte Dame. Will the cathedral be rebuilt as a church or as a museum? How well do we listen for the voice of Jesus in an ever more secularized world? It is Mother’s Day and our worship will also have a bent to listening to our moms.
19 May 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sermon Title: “Marked By Love”
Scriptures: Acts 11:13-18 and John 13:31-35
The first three sermons were “Believe in Me”, “Follow Me” and “Listen to Me”. These are the answers to the scoffers “So What?”; or our “Now What?” Believe, follow and listen turn to our call to love others. This new covenant covers all sorts of people, even those who had once been excluded. So, our going forth bears the mark of love, not judgment or scorn.
26 May 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sermon Title: “Sent By a Loving God”
Scriptures: Acts 16:9-15 and John 14:23-29
We are each called by our baptism to go forth to serve in this world. “Down in the River to Pray” is a favorite old song and our going down in the river to pray allows the Spirit to bathe us, soak into us, so that when we emerge, we have God’s peace.