This sermon preached by Dr. Mark Johnson speaks of God's calling of love for the world, to extend to all persons and to all of the creation. It remembers how we have failed each other by not being responsible to the earth, taking from it more than we need and too often hoarding its resources for our own selfish gain. Today, we are witnessing the toil this price is taking through the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, by the increased burden being placed upon the poor who live in vulnerable areas and with a growing problem of waste that continues to negatively impact local habitats. Building upon the doctrine of the incarnation, we will be considering a Christian response toward positive action as caregivers of God's beautiful creation. It's not too late for us to help heal our land and back-up our witness to lend guidance and compassion to our broken world.
Our Christian experience is nourished and maintained by abiding in Christ. He models by word and example how we might lead lives full of meaning and fulfillment. But it is not easy. We are pushed and pulled by competing demands and divided loyalties. Perhaps there is no place this struggle is more evident than our American experience between the love of our country and the higher hopes we have for our country. This Sunday we seek to enter into the deep end of the pool between religion and politics, between the calling of our faith and the challenges of our practice. Such careful discernment is a crucial part of our abiding journey with the LORD who calls to a life of balance, everlasting peace, and eternal joy. Join us as we seek the higher and better way.
Few people like traveling in the wilderness. We like our comforts and conveniences, especially in these days that over-values pleasure, privilege and being protected from any appearance of a struggle. Yet, a truer and deeper life is forged against and within the testing of harsh and vexing realities. What might we learn and what is the good news we will celebrate again this week through our worship, sharing the word and the communion table together? A profound truth: God inhabits our troubles and provides for us within the experiences of our great need. Join us as we gather with one another and lift up the Risen Lord of light and love who provides for us the bread of life.
A service of Light is based on the ancient practice of an Easter Vigil in which Christians gathered in the darkness of Saturday night to tell the story of God's work through Christ as they awaited the light of Easter morning. The service culminates with a celebration of the gift of Risen Jesus. We will share scripture and songs pointing to Jesus as the Light of the world. Children will help lead in worship during this service and Mark Johnson will be preaching, along with Crystal Shepherd offering a meditation.
We welcome Sara Herrington - Jones, our Minister to Children and a current student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky for this sermon on the surprising love and goodness of God.
Easter has come and gone and we now walk in the full light of Jesus' resurrection. The victory lap had been taken and we are filled with the joy of God's glad yes to our Lord's message of wholeness, healing, liberation, and justice. But the work must continue. Jesus promised his Spirit to accompany our continued ministry in his name. As we seek to apply his teachings, we leave the celebration and roll up our sleeves to get back to work. This Sunday, we will think about the challenge of building unity in a diverse culture. How can we help all feel valued and included without surrendering to the danger of everyone becoming their own source of authority? How can we hold all things in common? Join us as we open up these questions and seek to continue the mission of Jesus for our day and time.