Time after Pentecost Sermons (2005)

Date: October 9, 2005LIturgical Day: The 21st Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23A) Sermon Title: I Shall Not Want

Summary: Only when a believer follows God's lead in life, can he or she say, with King David: "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." Pastor Dave says in this sermon: What does it mean to invite God to lead us? It means to turn to the guidance of God's word when making decisions that are critical in our lives. When young people make decisions about sexuality, drugs, or alcohol; when adults are tempted to live beyond their means, rather than faithfully tithing to Christian ministry; when any of us are tempted to abandon the responsibility God has given us for the most vulnerable members of our society; we begin to experience God's leading when we turn to the guidance of God's word in making these kinds of critical decisions in our lives.

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Date: September 18, 2005 Liturgical Day: The 18th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20A) Sermon Title: Is God Too Gracious?

Summary: Reflecting on the story of Jonah the prophet, and "The Parable of the Landowner and the Vineyard" from Matthew 20, Pastor Dave makes the case that God welcomes all people into the family of faith -- and once welcomed, each family member is called to welcome others -- even those we might prefer to keep at a distance. As was clearly the case with Jonah, God can use even our most flawed efforts to make a difference in the lives of other people.

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Date: September 11, 2005 Liturgical Day: The 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19A) Title: Forgiveness

Summary: In the Gospel lesson, Jesus and Simon Peter talk with one another about forgiveness. Peter proposes that disciples should forgive a brother or sister as many as seven times, but Jesus envisions something far broader and far deeper. He commands his followers to be radical in their capacity to forgive -- envisioning a community of faith whose first instinct is to work towards forgiveness whenever an offense is committed. We are called to do the same.

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Date: August 28, 2005 Liturgical Day: The 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17A) Sermon Title: Hero to Zero

Summary: Peter called Jesus "The Messiah, the son of the living God." But in this text, Peter objects to Jesus' understanding of what it means to be Messiah. Peter has visions of glory and honor, but Jesus has visions of compassion and service. He calls us to live as he lived: willing to give of ourselves to meet the needs of others. Only in this way, can we experience the life he wants us to know.

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