Based on Genesis 27-33, the story of Jacob and Esau.
Pastor Kim talks about when we get stuck because of grief and strife, and how Genesis 13 helps us through the story of Abraham and Lot.
The message is based on Genesis 12:1-4, the call of Abram. It reviews who Abram/Abraham was, the central role he and his family play in Genesis, and explores the reasons why this story was told.
“God saw that human evil was out of control! People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night God was sorry that God had made the human race…it broke God’s heart.
God says, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep” people, animals, snakes and bugs and birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.” Genesis 6:5-7. The Message Version
#1. The Bible is blunt about human problems. This is the only way to save us!
“Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.” Genesis 6:22. The Message”
#2. Unlike the pagan version which celebrates human ingenuity in out maneuvering the gods. The Bible version takes a very dim view of human nature unless we are listening to the one and only good and loving God—the Bible is blunt we are prone to greed, arrogance, corruption and to taking good gifts and destroying them.
“never again will the flood destroy the earth. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, as a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth.” Genesis 9:11b and 13. The Message
#3. The pagan and the secular world say the world is out to get you, grab what you can. The Bible says put yourself first and you destroy not only yourself but all of creation. God is a good God of love. God is a God of the rainbow—bringing hope no matter how difficult the storm.
Based on Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.”
Pastor Kim explores the difficult, controversial and confusing parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16: 1-13
The youth and adults who went to Wethersfield, CT the week of Aug 4th to 10th share what they did during the mission trip, what they liked best about the week, and where they saw God.
The UM ARMY Team locally. Teens: Arielle Dumont, Vincent Cataloni, Samantha Hallock, Rhode Miguel (Vergennes Congregational), Wyatt Paine, Siobhan Potter, Erich Reitz, Josias Salomao (Vergennes Congregational), McKenna Smith (Bradford UMC), Jennifer Steadman, Lily Steadman, Ashka Whitney, Jonathan Willis Adults: From NFUMC: Pastor Kim, Rob McKay. From Faith South Burlington: Maggie Holt, Rod Williams, Joel Williams
Clare Conner, our congregation’s lay leader, led worship and gave the message on Sunday Aug 4th as Pastor Kim headed down that morning to Wethersfield, CT with 13 youth and 5 adults for the UMARMY Mission trip week. They will be back on Sat, Aug 10th.
A sermon on The Lord’s Prayer based on Luke 11: 1-4
This was the ending “ditty” Kim read:
There’s work to do, deadlines to meet, you’ve got no time to spare. But as you hurry and scurry, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. In the midst of family chaos, quality time is rare. Do your best; let God do the rest, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer. God knows how stressful life is; God wants to ease our cares. And God will respond to all your needs, ASAP: Always Say a Prayer.