SUNDAY'S sermon

September 26, 2021

Most of us don’t want to find ourselves weeping in the wake of our sin. Ruptured. Convicted. Knowing we are known - caught - found out - discovered in our sin. In this week's message by guest preacher, Adi Tilford, we read the story of David that shows how David let power go to his head. How he made really terrible choices. In his humanity, he found humility. In the right moment with the right approach - a person, a story, or even a commercial on the I-Pad, God can break open a heart. For David, God used the prophet Nathan touting a tale and the truth to break open the heart that so closely resembled God’s own. Conviction is not condemnation. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. To save all of us from sin. From the sin that separates us from His all-encompassing love. Conviction leads to truth, forgiveness and the possibility of repair. Repair can only come when we stop taking things out on others and we stop trying to take on all the healing ourselves and we finally step into the invitation of our God to take it all to Him.

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Children's Message: Janet Young, Executive Director of Church-wide & Children's Ministries

Scripture Readings:

 - 2 Samuel 11:1-5 (NRSV)

 - 2 Samuel 11:27-12:7a, 13 (NIV)


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Rupture and Repair Sermon Series

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rupture and repair

We turn away from God and each other. Relationships break apart. We injure one another. We turn our backs and walk away. Sin is the culprit but doesn't have the last word.

Our sermon series this fall will remind us that it is, ultimately, God who repairs and restores. God is constantly calling us back to Himself and to each other. The very oneness of God – as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is like a magnet, drawing us not only to the Three in One but to each other. Just because we see life and faith (and COVID) differently doesn’t mean we can’t live, worship and serve in a unified fashion. In fact, our greatest witness to who God is may be in our ability to love well across differences. 

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scripture readings for rupture & Repair

    • September 12 - Adam and Eve: Genesis 3:1-19
    • September 19 - Jacob and Esau: Genesis 25:19 - 28:5 and 32-33
    • September 26 - David and Nathan: 2 Samuel 11 and 12
    • October 3 - Leah and Rachel Genesis: 29-30
    • October 10 - Joseph and his brothers: Genesis 37, 39-50
    • October 17 - Freedom Sunday
    • October 24 - Father and Son(s): Luke 15:11-32
    • October 31 - Fully Repaired: Revelation 21:1-6

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