October 25, 2020 – Reformation Sunday
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
OT – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
NT – Matthew 22:34-46
Sermon – “All the Law and the Prophets”
Jesus is again confronted in what is supposed to trap Him when a lawyer asks what is the greatest commandment. Jesus tells him we are to love God and love our neighbor, that all the other laws are obeyed if we faithfully obey these two!
November 1, 2020
OT – Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
NT – Matthew 23:1-12 “All Who Humble Themselves”
Jesus instructs the crowds and disciples to not pay attention to the scribes and Pharisees as they go about trying to make themselves more important than they are. Jesus reminds us it is those who humble themselves who are the greatest among us!
November 8, 2020
OT – Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
NT – Matthew 25:1-13 “Be Prepared”
Jesus tells the parable of the ten bridesmaids, five who are prepared with their oil lamps and extra oil to greet the bridegroom, and five who are not prepared. Because those who are not prepared have to purchase more oil, they miss the coming of the bridegroom. We must be ready when Jesus returns, or we will be left out in the cold.
November 15, 2020
OT – Psalm 123
NT – Matthew 25:14-30 “Extortion or Gifts?”
I think this is a tough scripture. A man entrusts some of his money to his slaves. Two of them increase his money, but the third buries it (for safekeeping). When the man returns, he praises the slaves who make him more money, but he chastises the one who buries it. That slave accuses him of gaining what he doesn’t deserve, and the man not only takes away the little he has given the slave, but he also banishes him. Tune in for some answers!
November 22, 2020 – Christ the King Sunday
OT – Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
NT – Matthew 25:31-46 “As You Did it to One of the Least of These…”
Jesus talks about what will happen when we are all gathered in the Kingdom of Heaven. On that day, there will be an accounting of how we served and helped others. We are called to reach out to help those who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and in prison. We cannot just walk on by—we are called to help all of “the least of these.”
November 29, 2020 – First Sunday in Advent
OT – Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
NT – Mark 13:24-37 “No One Knows”
No one knows when the Son of Man will return. It is like when the master of the house goes on a journey, the slaves don’t know when he will return, so they must be ready at any time, day or night. WE also must be ready for the return of the Son of Man!
December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
NT Mark 1:1-8
OT Isaiah 40:1-11 “Such Comfort”
“A voice cries out, ‘In the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord.’” The world continues in darkness and needs a Savior. It is time to prepare the way of the Lord, and that Savior will soon appear to comfort God’s people from the tragedies and darkness in which they live! There will be hope at last!
December 13, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent
OT Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11
NT John 1: 6-8, 19-28 “One Crying Out in the Wilderness”
The priests and Levites sent people to ask John who he really is, especially since he has a following and is baptizing people in the Jordan. John lets them know he is not the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet, but is the one who has come to prepare the way for the Messiah.
December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent
OT Psalm 89:1-4, 10-26
NT Luke 1:26-38 “The Lord is With You!”
This is the story of the Annunciation—when Mary learns that she will be the mother of the Messiah. The Angel assures her that God will be with her and tells her that miraculously, her elderly cousin Elizabeth is also expecting John, the cousin of Jesus, who will be the one to prepare the way for Jesus as the Messiah.
December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve
OT Isaiah 9: 2-7
NT Luke 2: 1-20 + other scriptures
We are hoping to have an in person (in the parking lot?) candlelight service if we can get the logistics taken care of. This will be a scripture and carols type of service that chronicles the prophecies and birth of the Messiah, born to bring light to a dark and hurting world.
December 27, 2020
OT Isaiah 61:10-62
NT Luke 2:22-40 “My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation”
Simeon and Anna spent a great deal of time at the temple in hopes of seeing the promised Messiah before their death. Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord and offer Simeon and Anna the long awaited opportunity of seeing the Messiah so that they can both have peace.