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February 5, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  John 4:1-38 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 4:39-42 NLT​​
Sermon Title: “One-on-One with Jesus”
 
Once again, Jesus is willing to spend time one-on-one with someone who is seeking deeper spiritual knowledge. In John chapter 3 Nicodemus, a Pharisee, approached Jesus with his questions. Now in John 4 Jesus initiates conversation with a woman giving her permission to ask questions and seek understanding of the Lord.

January 29, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  John 1:29-42 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 3:22-36 NLT​​
Sermon Title: “Pointing the Way”
 
Following the encounter with Nicodemus, John’s “loyalists” are concerned that people are beginning to follow Jesus and paying less attention to what John has to say. The way John handles their concerns is a good reminder for us that we are to point others to Jesus as we share his love with others.

January 22, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Numbers 21:4-9 KJV
Second Reading:  John 3:1-21 NLT​​
Sermon Title: “Seeking the Light”
 
John chapter 3 begins with a recounting of Nicodemus coming to see Jesus when it was dark. Perhaps he didn’t want to be seen by his fellow Pharisees. It is somewhat instructive that one who is seeking the light would begin in darkness. It is also a message of hope for us that when we find ourselves in darkness, we can trust Jesus to bring light into our lives as well.

January 15, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  John 12:1-11 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 1:19-28 NLT​​
Sermon Title: “What happens in Bethany…”
 
This week we will consider the following verse from the Gospel of John.
 
“This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River,
where John was baptizing.” – John 1:28
 
Reflecting on this verse, we will also investigate other “happenings” in Bethany. Join us as we discover how Jesus influenced the lives of those living in and around Bethany.

January 8, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Genesis 1:1-5 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 1:1-18 NLT​​
Sermon Title: “In a word…Light”
 
Some people have begun to choose a focus “Word” for the year. Recently I have been encouraged to choose a focus “Verse” from scripture. Bring your thoughts to worship this week. What “Word” or scripture “Verse” might provide a means of focusing your thoughts in 2023. Whether you join us in-person or online we will have an opportunity to share our thoughts.

January 1, 2023
Lay Speaker Judy Loukides
 
 First Sunday of Christmas 
 
First Reading:  1 John 3:1a, 2-3 MSG
​​Second Reading:  Hebrews 12:1-2 NRSV
Sermon Title: “New Beginnings”
 
Happy New Year!!

December 25, 2022
The Jackson Family

December 24, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 9:2-7 NRSV
Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:1-20 NRSV
​​Second Reading:  John 1:1-18 NRSV
Sermon Title: “Receiving the Light”
 
As those who have received the Light of Christ we have the responsibility to share the Light with others. The season of Christmas presents us with opportunities to share that Light with others. Let us prayerfully consider reaching out to those who need an extra dose of hope by sharing that which e have received.

December 18, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 Fourth Sunday of Advent 
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 7:10-16 NRSV
Second Reading:  Matthew 1:18-25 NRSV​​
Sermon Title: “Dreams”
 
When we dream, we picture things as different than our current reality. Sometimes this inspires fear, other times it is an opportunity for hope. How was Joseph able to move beyond his fear’s and receive hope from the Lord? The answer to this question might enable us to make the same move in our own lives allowing hope to replace fear.

December 11, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 Third Sunday of Advent 
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 35:1-10 KJV
Second Reading:  James 5:7-10 NRSV​​
Sermon Title: “The Coming of the Lord”
 
Patience is hard! In a world where we have fast food and instant messaging we sometimes need to be reminded that patience is a virtue. For centuries people have waited for the return of the Messiah. We’ve waited so long that perhaps we begin to doubt whether or not Christ’s return will be a reality. We want to do everything we possibly can to hasten the day and yet we are reminded to have patience.

December 4, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 Second Sunday of Advent 
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 11:1-10 NRSV
Second Reading:  Romans 15:4-13 NRSV​​
Sermon Title: “Roots & Shoots”
 
The season of Advent reminds us that we are in a period of waiting. The fruit is not yet on the trees, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Roots grow deeper and the shoots begin to grow, new life is coming, but the time of arrival is still in the future. This period of time calls for preparation and patience.

November 27, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 First Sunday of Advent 
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 2:1-5 NRSV
Second Reading:  Matthew 24:36-44 NRSV​​
Sermon Title: “Bake the Cake”
 
We prepare for Thanksgiving by shopping, cooking and cleaning. We prepare for Christmas by sending cards, making lists and hanging decorations. These holidays are marked by dates on the calendar. Preparing for the arrival of Lord’s Messiah is a different story. This week we will consider how and when to prepare for a celebration that is not marked by a date on the calendar.

November 20, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
 Christ the King Sunday 
 
First Reading:  Jeremiah 23:1-6 NRSV
Second Reading:  Luke 23:33-43 NRSV​​
Sermon Title: “From Golgotha to the Garden”
 
We have reached the end of the Christian Year as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday this week. The Gospel lesson from Luke acknowledges Jesus as the King of the Jews. Although it seems the story may end at Golgotha, we know that the narrative actually continues in a garden as we witness the resurrection! So now we celebrate that Jesus is also Lord of our lives as he reigns in Heaven.
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