Sermons

SERMON TITLES, SCRIPTURE REFERENCES AND SYNOPSIS
APRIL 19 THROUGH MAY 31

April 19
Sermon Title: An Invitation to Spiritual Transformation
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
Progress in the spiritual journey doesn’t just happen. We have to work at it. It is a journey, a process. Growing in faith is more something that is done to us rather than us making it happen. There is a divine flow and all we have to do is agree to begin in the flow.
Spiritual Practice: Using Imagination

April 26
Sermon Title: Solitude – Creating Space for God
Scripture: Luke 5:12-16
Being alone and being in solitude are different things. We are never truly alone for God is with us. Today we will look at Jesus’ habit of going off to deserted places to pray and commune with God.
Spiritual Practice: Finger Labyrinth
Notes: Native American Ministries Sunday

May 3
Sermon Title: Eat This Book
Scripture: Ezekiel 3: 1-3
Today we consider the importance of reading scripture. There are 2 general ways of reading. One is for knowledge. In this type of reading we are seeking information. The other is spiritual reading. In spiritual reading, we slow down and let the text speak to us. Today we will explore the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for sacred reading)
Spiritual Practice: Lectio Divina

May 10
Sermon Title: Deepening our Intimacy with God
Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
Today we look at prayer and the example of prayer given to us by Jesus at the request of his disciples.
Spiritual Practice: YHWH Breath Prayer
Notes: Mother’s Day

May 17
Sermon Title: Recognizing the Responding to God’s Presence
Scripture: 1 John 1-8, 20-21
Today we look at discernment. Discernment can be a confusing thing. How do we know what God is asking of us? How can we be certain that we are in the center of God’s will for us? We will look at how to recognize and respond to God’s presence in our lives.
Spiritual Practice: Discernment Process
Notes: Sr. Recognition Day

May 24
Sermon Title: Reclaiming Sabbath
Scripture: Mark 2:23-28
Sabbath is an ancient practice given to us by God. It is a time to rest from our labors and to enjoy life, with each other and with God. In our modern-day American workaholic culture, Sabbath is virtually nonexistent. Taking a day of rest might be one of the most counter cultural things we can do, but it is for our health and wellbeing.
Spiritual Practice: Sabbath
Notes: Heritage Sunday, Aldersgate Day. Annual Conference Offering

May 31
Sermon Title: A Rule of Life
Scripture: Luke 2:41-52
There is a saying that you should begin with the end in mind. The spiritual life is no different. Do you want to be closer to God, make a plan to do it! This ancient Benedictine practice is called, “The Rule of Life.” Write down what you want to accomplish and put it in a place where you can review it regularly. Today we will look at a Rule of Life and be challenged to write one for ourselves.
Spiritual Practice: Writing a Rule of Life
Notes: Pentecost

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