Sermons from September 2020

Living Out Extravagant Grace

Pentecost +16Living Out Extravagant GraceKatie WhitmireJonah 3:10–4:11, Psalm 145, Philippians 1:21-28a, Matthew 20:1-16 What a picture of the extravagant grace, unbound love, and mercy of God our readings today offer us, and how these characteristics mark the kingdom of heaven. How God imparts this generosity on a communal and corporate level as well as to…

Forgive Me

Pentecost +15 2020Forgive MeRev. Doug FloydSirach 27:30–28:7, Psalm 103, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 In our lessons today, we are encouraged to show mercy to one another, to refrain from judging each other’s faith, and to practice forgiveness. We continue to rehearse a pattern of loving one another in community even as we continue to cry…

Confrontation and Communion

Pentecost +14 2020Rev. Doug FloydEzekiel 33:1–11, Psalm 119:33-48, Romans 12:9–21, Matthew 18:15–20 As we reflect on our lessons this week, it might help to think about these in light of family. Ezekiel is warned by the Lord to deliver the words of judgment to the people, so that Ezekiel won’t be held liable. Who is Ezekiel addressing? His people. His covenantal family,…

Take Up Your Cross

Pentecost +13 2020Take Up Your CrossRev. Doug FloydJeremiah 15:15–21, Psalm 26, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:21–27 Jesus tells his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Earlier in Matthew 10, he says a similar thing, “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of…