Lent And Holy Week Sermons (2009)
Date: April 9, 2009 Liturgical Day: Maundy Thursday Sermon Title: Len Sweet Prayed for Me
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Dave uses the example of a well-known evangelist who prays for those who read his writings, and reminds us that in the world-view of Jeuss, those who are of a high stature are not to think of themselves as more important than others -- but every Christian is to consider himself or herself to be a servant of all. Jesus says, "I have set you an example, that you also shoud do as I have done to you."
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Date: April 5, 2009 Liturgical Day: Passion / Palm Sunday Sermon Title: See the Son of God
Summary: The Centurion stood by the foot of the cross, and saw that Jesus is the Son of God. We, like him, stand alongside our Lord through the days of Holy Week. As we worship and pray together, may we too see what God is doing in Jesus Christ for us.
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Date: March 29, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Heartfelt Faithfulness
Summary: Some 600 years before Christ, Jeremiah spoke of the day when God would transform those who believe. They would be shaped by God's forgiveness. God's ways would be written on their hearts. Thanks be to God, who has indeed accomplished this through Christ. May our hearts and lives be touched by this Good News today. May we too be changed.
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Date: March 22, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Believe In (not about) God
Summary: In this week's texts, both Ancient Israel and First Century religious leader Nicodemus learn the difference between believing certain truths about God, and believing in (or trusting in) God. This is a lesson that our texts would have us learn today.
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Date: March 15, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: From "Religious Rite" to "Right with God"
Summary: Jesus was offended that the focus of worshippers in the Temple was on cattle, sheep, doves and money instead of God. So he chased the moneychangers and merchants out of the Temple, and called them to focus on God, not on ritual behavior. At its best, the Season of Lent does the same today.
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Date: March 8, 2009 Liturgical Day: The Second Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: The Cross-Shaped Life
Summary: Jesus begins to teach his disciples about his approaching passion. He calls them -- and us! -- to pick up their cross and follow him. It is only when we are willing to lose our life for the sake of the Gospel that we will come to know the life he so desperately wants for us.
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Date: March 1, 2009 Liturgical Day: The First Sunday in Lent Sermon Title: Promise, Assurance, Hope
Summary: As God's war bow in the clouds was a promise that gave Noah assurance and hope, so too the waters of our baptism serve as a promise that give us assurance and hope. May God ground our living in this sign, and this promise, that we might live with faith and joy.
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Date: February 25, 2009 Liturgical Day: Ash Wednesday Sermon Title: Where Your Treasure Is
Summary: We participate in the season of Lent, and embrace the spiritual disciplines commended to us by the church, not to feather our own caps and to gain recognition among our peers, but to grow deeper into our relationship with God, and in our ability to place our trust in God's promises. May this year's Lent observances help us in our attempts to do just that.
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