Pastor Kim uses the multiplication of the loaves and fishes in the Gospel of John (John 6:1-14) as a parallel to some of the experiences she saw at the UMARMY week.
The youth and adults who went to Claremont NH from July 15th to July 21st talk about what work they did, what they thought about the experience, and God sightings.
Paul says that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a down payment on our inheritance in Christ. What is it like to live trusting God? Based on selections from Ephesians 1:3-14
Here are the blessings that Pastor Kim named and that were up on the slides that you cannot see in the video:
I am: Accepted by God / Beloved by God / Chosen by God / Delivered by God / Enlightened by God / Forgiven by God
I have: Grace of God / Hope for the future / Inheritance in heaven / Justification / Knowledge of God / Love / Mercy of God / Nearness to God / Oneness with God / Peace / Quickening of the Spirit
I am: Redeemed / Sealed with the Holy Spirit / Treasured by God / United with other believers / Validated as an authentic child of God
I have: God’s Wisdom. And one day I will be: / Exalted with Him!
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to believe that living a new way is possible, and to share that good news with others.
Based on Mark 6:6b-12
Are we willing to move confidently toward Jesus, knowing his very presence in our lives can end the pain that we’ve carried around for a long time? Based on: Mark 5:24b-34
Pastor Kim’s sermon asks the question, “How does the knowledge of God’s grace – God’s unconditional love – change how you think about yourself?” Based on Paul and his 2nd letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Pastor Kim’s sermon continues the theme of New Creation. She talks about planting with care. Every little thing we do with compassion is a small seed that can sprout into good things beyond our imagining. The scripture is Mark 4:26-34, the parable of the sower.
Pastor Kim reviews Matthew 18:15-17 that outlines Jesus’ guide to us about difficulties with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
For the season after Pentecost starting June 3rd, Pastor Kim is exploring the theme of “Tending the New Creation”
“And if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” – 2 Corinthians 5: 17
Guest preacher this morning was our own Roger Marum. His text was the story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus, John 3:1–17 as paraphrased in The Message.