NO ORDINARY TIMES!
JULY 29 - SEPTEMBER 2
6 weeks

 
The Season of Pentecost (24 weeks this year) is often referred to as Ordinary Time.  There are no Major Church festivals in this season. Rather, the liturgical color green hints at the season’s focus, which is growing in faith.  However, we live in anything but ordinary times, and it has seldom been more important to live counter-cultural lives than it is now.  In this series, we look at six ways in which we are called to live counter-culturally for Christ.
 

July 29, 2018
HOW BIG IS SOOO...BIG?

2 Kings 4:42-44;  Ephesians 3:14-21;  John 6:1-21

SUMMARY
Roots are that essential element of plants that allow them to be anchored and nourished.  Indeed the anchoring medium not only provides the surety of connection, but also nutrition that literally can define the plant’s growth and development.  Today we look at what it means to be rooted in Christ’s Love, and why this is essential to our growing in discipleship.

August 5, 2018
TIME TO GROW UP!

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15;  Ephesians 4:1-16;
John 6:24-35

SUMMARY
Our title is an admonition that many of us have given and, perhaps received.  In our person-centered society, it is easy to hear Paul calling us to personal accountability, but today his–and our-focus is on corporate maturity.  So, today we focus on what it means to grow up, to mature, as a congregation, joined together intentionally by Christ, and equipped for growing into Christ.

August 12, 2018
WHO ARE YOU?

1 Kings 19:4-8;  Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2;
John 6:35, 41-51

SUMMARY
Encounters with Jesus are Kairos moments.  They call into question our knowledge, priorities and our very assumptions about life.  We, like those around Jesus, are tempted to ask, “who ARE you”?  It is a legitimate question, and one He is willing to answer.  What would it be like if Jesus followed His answer with a question of His own – “Who are YOU”?  How would we answer?

August 19, 2018
LOOK AT ME!

Proverbs 9:1-6;  Ephesians 5:15-20;  John 6:51-58

SUMMARY
Many of us have shouted this phrase as we have shown off our new bike-riding skills, or other newly discovered ability.  Most adults, on the other hand, do not seek that same limelight.  As Christians, we are witnesses and examples, even if we aren’t shouting “look at me!”, and even if we would prefer otherwise.  The question we ask ourselves today is, “How shall I be a witness and example of Christian living?”

August 26, 2018
WHAT DO WE DO AFTER WE SAY, "I DO"?

Isaiah 29:11-19;  Ephesians 5:22-33;  Mark 7:1-13

SUMMARY
Today’s second reading is one of the more misunderstood and abused texts in scripture.  Simply reading it in public causes angst and discomfort.  Today we will explore God’s design for marriage and, in doing so, discover that, far from archaic or burdensome, God’s plan is liberating and life-giving.

September 2, 2018
WHAT ARE WE HOLDING ON TO?

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9;  James 1:17-27; 
Mark 7:1-8; 14-15, 21-23

SUMMARY
Traditions. They order our days and preserve our memories.  Like habits, they remind us of what is important – sometimes.  At other times, they allow us to go through the motions of living without thoughtfulness. In today’s Gospel reading the Pharisees were going through the motions of religiosity because it was what they did.  It was tradition.  God gives us parameters in which to live as a gracious act of love.  When we lose sight of the gift and the giver, we run the risk of turning our response into just another tradition.



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