ENTER THE PASSION: Worship Series for Lent 2020
The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout the six weeks of Lent we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Inspired by Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, which is being studied in small group on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.
A sampling of Pastor Laurie’s sermons are found on this website. Contact the church office if you’d like a copy of a specific message not found here.
Message for March 29, 2020 Texts: John 13:3-16 and Luke 4:16-21 On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body, broken for you.” After the supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to his disciples, and said, […]
Message for March 22, 2020 Texts: Mark 14:3-9 and Psalm 23 The story of a woman coming into a dinner scene and anointing Jesus appears in each of the four gospels; however, each story varies so drastically in detail, one wonders if something like this happened to Jesus more than once, or if the differences […]
Message for March 15, 2020 Texts: Matthew 4:1-11 and Matthew 22:15-22 I’ve shared in this pulpit before that one of the senior pastors I worked with as an associate was fond of saying, “Where two or three are gathered, there is politics.” It’s my least favorite part of ministry, navigating the political waters, addressing “concerns” […]
Message for March 8, 2020 Texts: John 2:13-21 and Psalm 69:8-16 This past Wednesday our Bible study group engaged in a detailed “comparison and contrast” of the stories of Jesus’ disruption of Temple activities, looking at the account in Mark (a story which is largely the same in Matthew and Luke) and the account in […]
Message for March 1, 2020 Texts: Zechariah 9:9-10 and Matthew 21:1-11 In the book that inspired this worship series, Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University, shares the unique perspective of her Jewish faith, helping Christian readers to better understand how first-century Jews would have experienced the teachings and the person of Jesus. […]
In the first week of this series, we reminded ourselves of the “Greatest Commandments” — to love God and to love our neighbor. We considered not just “The Golden Rule,” but what my pastor friend calls “The Platinum Rule:” treat others the way they want to be treated, which requires listening and getting to know […]
Text: John 4:4-24 Our Wednesday Bible study group is in the middle of a book called Introduction to the New Testament — not a very sexy title, I know, but it is fascinating, accessible, and very informative. (In fact, with this course, we have a record number of participants!). In that study, we were reminded […]
Text: Galatians 6:1-10 Believe it or not, I selected this text weeks ago, without a clue about how national news stories were going to play out this week. But I can imagine, if this were a congregation of folks who regularly said “Amen” and “Mm-hmm” in church, there might have been much response — “My […]
Text: Mark 12:28-34 For those of you who have attended church and Bible studies for years, the messages of the next few weeks will not be any “big reveal.” You will find this to be pretty basic, “nuts and bolts of the Bible” stuff. For those who are not so familiar, however — and you […]
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a I wish to share a word of deepest appreciation for all of you who patiently filled out the Spiritual Gifts Inventory last week. I hope the exercise was not too tedious, and I hope those of you who have email addresses received, and took the time to read, your results. (I […]