In the month of November Pastor Scott gave the following sermons:
On November 3rd our sermon title was “An Unlikely Host” based primarily on the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19:1-10 with the Epistle lesson coming from 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11&12. In this sermon we learned that by dining at Zacchaeus’ house, Jesus practiced radical social inclusion, even of outcasts. It is hoped that we respond to this good news by practicing radical social inclusion ourselves!
On November 10th our Old Testament Lesson was from the book of the prophet Haggai 1:15b-2:9 and the Epistle reading came from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17. The sermon title was “Mine! All Mine!” This sermon endeavored to show that Haggai’s prophecy calls us to look backwards, not with nostalgia for what is gone, but with hope that God who has been faithful in the past will just as faithfully create a new future for us. As a result, may we have hope that God will create a new future for us and our church!
On November 17th our focus was primarily on our Old Testament reading from the book of Isaiah 65:17-25 with the gospel reading being Luke 21:5-19. In this sermon we learned that we have hope for a radiant future because of the power and compassion of God. This was emphasized so that the we will look forward to that future restoration with great anticipation.
On November 24th was Christ the King Sunday; the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. Our readings came from Colossians 1:11-20 and Luke 23:33-43. Our sermon was “Crowned on the Skull” which showed that Jesus chose to be the kind of King that suffered humiliation and death in order to offer mercy and life to others. A fitting response to the kind of King we serve is to be the same kind of church as Jesus was a King – the kind willing to endure suffering and humiliation to offer life and mercy to others.
On November 25th we had our annual Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in the Sanctuary for the first time in recent memory! Pastor Scott preached a sermon titled “Having Jesus for Thanksgiving Dinner?” In this sermon Pastor Scott proclaimed that Thanksgiving isn’t about what food is on the table, it is about gratefully acknowledging God’s providence! In response, may we acknowledge God as the source of all we need for life.