Pastor Kim’s initial sermon on the series on forgiveness, based in part on “Forgiven and Forgiving” by L. William Countryman. Below are her sermon notes:
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and all Jerusalem with him; Matthew 2:3 NRSV
#1 The wise men remind us that: Jesus ______________________ and the good religious people and leaders of Jesus day _____________!
4 John the baptizer appeareda in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins….. 8 I have baptized you with[b] water; but he will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:4-5 and 8 NRSV
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[d] with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1: 9-11
#2 Our Savior identifies with_________________________________________.
#3 God forgives everyone to undercut the worst temptation of good people: __________________________________.
answers (listen to the sermon first)
#1 “came for everyone” and “missed it”
#2 “identifies with us rather than condemns us”
Pastor Kim’s sermon addressed when the excitement of Christmas wears off, or is mixed with disappointment, grief, or even anger. The scripture was from Paul’s rather angry letter to the church in Galatia (Galatians 4: 4-7). The congregation ended with this benediction that completed the sermon:
“When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.” Howard Thurman
Lloyd Dugger, our musician from 2011 to 2016, reprised his role on Sunday, Dec 31st while he and his family were in Vermont with Shannon’s parents and siblings. He sang Hymn 3066 “Still, Still, Still” for the offertory.
At the 7:30pm Candlelight service Christmas Eve, Pastor Kim completed her series based on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with a message about opening our true Christmas gifts of trust and faith.
Enjoy the video of this year’s Christmas Pageant, written by Joanne Weber, directed by Kendra Gratton (Joanne’s daughter) and starring our youth, with support by the congregation in the singing.
Pastor Kim continued the sermon series entitled “God Bless Us Everyone!” based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. We welcome our Savior. God’s presence was born anew into this world, that we too can be born anew, woken up and redeemed into renewed life, joy, passion, generosity, humility and love.
This sermon is based on: Isaiah 11:1-4a and Isaiah 61: 1-4
Pastor Kim’s text was Isaiah 9:2 and 6 and Luke 2: 8-14 The sermon notes she refers to are as follows:
Advent 2 Hope God Bless us Everyone! Dec 10, 2017
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:2 and 6 New International Version
#1 Real hope is in _______________________________________
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 8-12 New International Version
#2 Our hope is in ________________________________________
#3 Our hope is in ________________________________________
Pastor Kim’s sermon begins the Advent worship series “God Bless Us Everyone!” Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” provides a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge and turns him from his resentment, fear and isolation. This sermon – “Bah Humbug! Making Change” – is based on: Isaiah 9:6-7 Luke 1:46-47, 52-55
Pastor Kim’s sermon was based on Matthew 25:31-46 (sheep, goats, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty…?) She discusses how this teaching is like the preventive check-up or teeth cleaning we hardly look forward to.
And she talks about the difference between “grace” and “cheap grace” – forgiveness without transformation. She referenced Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The Cost of Discipleship“. Click the link if you would like to learn a bit more about this concept.
You can view Pastor Kim’s message on the video below. You will find the scripture and sermon prompt questions or phrases below that.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hils…Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments…When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of slavery….fed you in the wilderness with manna…But remember the Lord your God.
Sermon Prompts and Questions
Pilgrims and People of God teach us:
Real poverty is:
Both hardship and prosperity
Hospitality and giving are basic