(Scripture notes from Season of the Spirit and Pulpit Resource)
Sermon Series with Rev. Carolyn Roberts through September 24
The Stories We Tell: Re-visiting Our Narrative
Exodus 3:1–15 narrates Moses’ call. It also serves as the call to the people of Israel to hope in God’s promise of a secure future. In Matthew 16:21–28, Jesus teaches the importance of not holding on to the physical things in life and says, “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Christ helps us to release the things in life on which we place emphasis but are not that important.
This morning we will share in communion at the chancel rail. The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be leading worship today.
Exodus 12:1–14 related the story of the first Passover as the enslaved Hebrew community prepared for an epic journey. It was to be a political journey, from slavery to freedom. It also was to be a journey toward community culture and identity. In Matthew’s gospel in chapter 18, verses 15-20, Jesus offers that “true greatness” comes in the way we live with each other, especially in “reproving another who sins.” Holding each other accountable before the community and before God is a great and hard commandment.
The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be leading worship today. Spirit will be singing. Participants in this summer’s musical will be singing one of their songs. We will also be dedicating our Sunday School teachers for the coming year.
Exodus 14:19–31 continues the story of the Hebrews’ journey to freedom. In response to Peter’s question about forgiveness, Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18: 21-35.
The Senior Choir will be singing. The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be leading worship today.
Wandering in the wilderness, faced with difficulties of survival, the Israelites complain in Exodus 16: 2-15. Despite their complaint, God graciously gives them the food they need. Jesus tells the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, Matthew 20: 1-16, in which the master of the vineyard is shown to be incredibly gracious. The Senior Choir will be singing this morning.
The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be leading worship today.