Sunday Schedules

(Scripture notes from Season of the Spirit and Pulpit Resource)


June 2

In Acts 16:16–34 worship and prayer punctuate this story of liberation and freedom. It begins with Paul and Silas once again on their way to a place of worship and prayer. The story concludes in worship with the baptism of the jailer and his family, now set free from the fear imposed on their lives by empire’s domination, exploitation, and brutality. The power of Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–21 is not in the drama but in the invitation given to follow in this way of new life and freedom with the One who is the beginning and the end. We are offered the daring invitation to participate in the Spirit’s new realm by drinking the water of life, offered as a gift. In John 17:20–26, Jesus’ prayer for the community defines this new freedom as a life in relationship with God.

The Senior Choir will be singing. The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be preaching and leading worship this morning. Communion will be served at the chancel rail.

June 9                                 Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday is a day to celebrate the breath and fire of the Spirit that lives and moves and acts among God’s people. This Spirit of liberation and freedom poses an inevitable challenge to a spirit of domination so present in the world. The Spirit gives us a new identity, one infused by God’s desire for the world. Our scripture lessons for today are Isaiah 6:1-9a, 1 Corinthians 12:1-6, and Acts 2:1-21.

The Rev. Michele Beadle will be preaching and leading worship this morning. The title of her sermon is, “The Language of Fire.” Spirit will be singing.

June 16                             Trinity Sunday
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This Trinity Sunday, we celebrate the faith and hope that the Creator’s love pours into our lives by Christ and the Holy Spirit. Psalm 8 also proclaims that God is an artist and creator of all that is. Paul writes in Romans 5:1–15 about how God is present and active in the world through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Paul reminds the early Christians in Rome that God, through Christ, has brought peace and reconciliation to creation, and encourages them to hang on to their belief in God’s loving care. A promise of an advocate, not bound by space and time, and who will teach, guide, and lead Jesus’ followers is recorded in John 16:12–15.

The Senior Choir will be singing. During worship today, we will be honoring the 50th wedding anniversary of Terry and Donna Logee.

June 23
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This week’s readings invite us to turn our whole selves – body, mind, and spirit – toward God, who envelops us in grace. 1 Kings 19:1–4, (5–7), 8–15a . This week introduces the prophet Elijah who is in conflict with the prophets of the rain god, Baal. As in the Elijah story, the gospel reading shows God as having power over nature and human life. In Luke 8:26–39, Jesus visits a gentile region and meets a person overcome by demons. On the way there, Jesus has calmed the lake storm. Now he calms this troubled one. Paul is responding to challenging questions in Galatians 3:23–39. Paul argues that, by baptism, we are all children of God. There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile. All are one in Christ.

The Rev. Richard Leslie will be preaching and leading worship this morning. The Senior Choir will be singing.

June 30
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In Luke 9:51–62, Jesus and the disciples are on the journey to Jerusalem. The disciples, angry when a village does not welcome them, want to call down fire from heaven. Jesus shows them a new way, teaching them, and us, to love our enemies. Paul in Galatians 5:1, 13–25 spells out what it means to pick up the mantle of discipleship. We are called to live by the Spirit, giving up “the works of the flesh” and letting God’s love speak through us in our care for our neighbors.

This morning we will have the pleasure of celebrating the marriage of Stephanie Pain and Missy Sites.