Many Christians in the West are using the metaphor of the Old Testament Exile to describe the present state of the Church. We have clearly lost our footing as a dominant cultural force (Christendom is over). Hence, our stance should be that of God’s exilic people who were to settle down in Babylon and to “Pray for the welfare of the city.” Within this historic setting, the exiles experienced periods of influence mixed with tolerance from those who dominated the culture as well as periods of influence mixed with intolerance from those who dominated the culture. As our culture rapidly changes, how are we to live as servants who neither hide nor assimilate regardless of whether we are tolerated or not?
Ruined things, broken stuff, hurt feelings, forgotten dreams; that we experience these things is perhaps the thing for which we have the most evidence within our faith. However, the miracle of the Christmas story is that it exists to heal and restore the ruined, broken, hurt and forgotten. Our faith becomes full in the Christmas story because it shows us that God’s ability to fix a hurting world through the life, death, resurrection and rule of his son, Jesus Christ. Join us for this sermon designed for the whole family and experience the joy of Christmas
Jay Slocum Preaching
The bible commends us to create and use technology from the making of musical instruments to the development of work implements that reduce human suffering. However, it also warns us of the consequences of making “bad tools” that harm others, anger God, and damage our souls. This sermon will help us to discern how to use our tools in ways that save our souls, serve others and satisfy God’s mandate for us to be fruitful, multiply, fill the whole earth and to subdue it.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
Join us this week as we hear from Rev. Joe Vitunic preach on the passage 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a . Pastor Joe was with us back in May and will be with us the next two weeks as the Slocum family begin their 6 week sabbatical. Be sure to join us this week and throughout July as we hear from a variety of guest preachers. Mr. Vitunic is a retired Anglican clergyman. He is the founding pastor and pastor emeritus of Church of the Savior in Ambridge. Valerie, his wife, is the founder of The Lazarus Center, also in Ambridge. They have three married children and eight surviving grandchildren. Mr. Vitunic is a graduate of Georgia Tech and the Univ. of Penna., majoring in civil engineering, and of Trinity School for Ministry.
The story of Achan in Joshua 7 is the story of a man who breaks a contract with the nation he represents by stealing during a battle with a neighboring nation. The result of his action causes the death of many innocent citizens. Moreover, the sin of Achan results in the death of Achan and his entire family. In the “single serving” world of America in the late modern age, this story can be a bit shocking to some readers. However, it teaches us deep truth about our interconnectedness within society and the need for each of us to partake in being citizens of our own country. Further, the story challenges us to apply the Gospel to those who fail to uphold the laws of our nation or the particularities of how we express our differences as citizens. Join us for this sermon as we seek to find ways that we can live peacefully as citizens of our nation in the midst of turbulent times.
John 16: 5-15
Using the Gospel reading from the Lectionary, Bishop Duncan will preach and celebrate at his annual visit, this Trinity Sunday. This will be the final visit of our beloved Bishop as he nears his retirement.
Given By: Archbishop Duncan
John 21: 20-25
This final passage of the Gospel of John will serve as a summary passage for the book which desires for all those who read it to believe and have everlasting life. In this touching final passage of John’s Gospel, we do see men and women who believe and who have and will endure through eternity. We join them in our belief and can learn from their lives what it means to belong to Christ and to love others in the way he commanded
There is real joy in getting a “Yes.” From a innocent note passed between friends stating, circle yes or no, to a college acceptance letter, getting a yes can be exhilarating. When Mary, mother of Jesus proclaimed, “Let it be to me as you have said,” she was saying yes to God. It must have been exhilarating for him to hear her give consent to his plan for her life. In this sermon designed for the whole family, we discover the beautiful relationship between Mary, mother of God and Jesus, Son of Mary.
Jay Slocum Preaching
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