Sermons from July 2013

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Ekklesia: Our Place of Worship

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John 4:16-26
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Faith the Moves

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Rev. Scott Lumsden
Genesis 12:1-9
The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

God Has a Plan

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GOD HAS A PLAN AND IN IT ALL OF LIFE IS INTERIM – Ecclesiastes 1:1
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:…”
“During the interim journey, as the congregation and its intentional interim pastor work together with integrity, the ultimate goal is to bring a congregation to a point of knowing and accepting where it has been, of being able to define where it is and where it wants to go, and of having the ability to commit itself to a new vision and new leadership as it moves into the future.” Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry by Roger Nicholson, © 1998, The Alban Institute
The five developmental tasks of intentional interim ministry: 1.Coming to terms with history; 2. Discovering a new identity; 3. Implementing necessary leadership changes; 4. Renewing denominational connections; 5. Commitment to new directions in ministry.

Sermon in Song

Praise Him With All Your Heart (from Psalm 9) #24
The God of Abraham Praise #23
To God Be the Glory #56
Be Assured (from Romans 8) #587
Blessed Assurance #572
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms #575
Present Your Requests to God (from Philippians 4) #646
What a Friend We Have in Jesus #630
The Trumpet Call of God (from I Thessalonians 4) #782
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder #774
For All the Saints #767