Time after Pentecost Sermons (2006)
Date: November 26, 2006Liturgical Day: Christ the King Sunday (The Last Sunday after Pentecost) Sermon Title: King of kings; Lord of lords
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave describes Pontius Pilate as a man caught between two worlds: not wanting to be part of Jesus' death, and not wanting to anger the crowd. On Christ the King Sunday, we find ourselves in the same dilemma: torn by the two kingdoms in which we live. Will we choose to become entirely "at-one" with this world? Or will we choose Christ as our King?
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Date: November 22, 2006 Liturgical Day: National Day of Thanksgiving Sermon Title: Gratitude and Trust
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave gives thanks for the many ways God has blessed us, and contends that the true measure of our gratitude to God has a lot do with the nature of our generosity.
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Date: November 12, 2006 Liturgical Day: The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Discipleship Emphasis) Sermon Title: Committing Our Hearts
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave focuses on the "Five Habis of Discipleship" and how they can shape our grateful response for all that God has done on our behalf.
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Date: November 5, 2006 Liturgical Day: All Saints' Sunday Sermon Title: Partners for the Journey
Summary: In a world that is increasingly individualistic, the church calls us to gather together and be encouraged in faith, be challenged when we need it, be supported in difficult times, be cheered on when things go well... As we open ourselves up to one anther, we become stronger and more faithful, and more likely to become the people God needs us to be.
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Date: October 29, 2006 Liturgical Day: Reformation Sunday Sermon Title: Financial Generosity
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave speaks about the difference financial generosity has made in his life, and in his relationship with God, and encourages the listener to be open to the same experience. God calls us to give generously, and promises that it will allow us to experience blessings we may never before have imagined.
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Date: October 22, 2006 Liturgical Day: The 20th Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Monthly Time with God's World
Summary: Reaching out in service to God's world is a natural inclination for anyone who is in Christ. God has gifted us so richly, and we are invited to show our gratitude to God by caring for those with needs in this world. The Christian life is not all about what we can get (contrary to what is taught by proponents of the Prosperity Gospel). It is all about what God empowers us to give.
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Date: October 15, 2006 Liturgical Day: The 19th Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Weekly Time with God's People
Summary: Weekly worship is an essential element in the life of a Christian Disciple. But simply showing up is not enough. We are called to prepare ourselves for worship, in order to open up our hearts and minds for the movement of God's Spirit. In this sermon, Pastor Dave reflects on a recent liturgical experience he had, and encourages the listener to be as diligent in preparing for worship as that group was for their time together.
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Date: October 8, 2006 Liturgical Day: The 18th Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: Daily Time with God
Summary: Daily time with God is necessary if anyone wants to grow in faith and faithfulness. In this sermon, visiting preacher Dave Jarvis (Executive Director of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp) reflects on the daily times of prayer and Bible reading that people experience at camp, and the rich resource for faith that they are. He encourages us to strengthen our commitment to daily prayer and Bible reading here in town as well.
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Date: October 1, 2006 Liturgical Day: The 17th Sunday after Pentecost Sermon Title: A Place to Begin
Summary: The call to discipleship is a call to invest ourselves in what gives life: loving God with all of our heart, our soul, our mind and our strength. We may be tempted to think "we can't" -- but the truth is, we can (we just won't). Recognizing that it is a matter of adjusting our priorities is the first step in the journey from where we are to where we know we ought to be. Where we start (some of us have been practicing discipleship habits for years, others are just getting started) is not imporant. What is important, is that we open our hearts and lives to the movement of the Holy Spirit, and begin to grow as discples.
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