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May 22, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
Sermon Title: “Why 4 Gospels?”
 
This week’s “Sermon by Request” asks the questions:
“Why 4 Gospels that each tell the same story of Jesus’ life?”
 
As we reflect upon the fact that each Gospel writer was addressing a unique audience, we will take time to hear a couple of passages that are included in all four Gospels listening for the differences in how the stories are told.

May 15, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Hebrews 13:9-16 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 4:19-26 NRSV
 
Sermon Title: “Faith’s”
 
This week we continue the Sermon Series called “Sermons by Request”.
 
A member of the congregation asked the following…
 
“Faiths? Why is there such diversity? There is only one God that I know of. All of us pray to the same God. Years ago, in my younger years, churches would visit other churches. We were like Christian families. All that l hear now is, “come to their church because theirs is better.” I like UMC because we are reaching out to the community.”
 
Pastor Kent uses a passage from John chapter 4 to reflect upon this.

May 8, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Matthew 4:1-11 NRSV
Second Reading:  Psalm 91:1-16 NRSV
 
Sermon Title: “Psalm 91: A Word for Today and for Eternity”
 
This week begins the Sermon Series designed by you called “Sermons by Request”.
 
“Pastor Kent, I feel that Psalm 91 speaks not only of God’s protection here on earth but at the end time, the second coming. What are your thoughts?”

May 1, 2022
Lay Servant David Wells
 
First Reading:  Isaiah 40: 28-31 NIV
Second Reading:  Matthew 5:13-16 NIV
 
Sermon Title: “Drafted on to God’s Team”

April 24, 2022
Lay Servant Linda Noe
 
First Reading:  Luke 6:27-36 NKJV
Second Reading:  Romans 12:9-21 NKJV
 
Sermon Title: “Wait, What?”
 
Sometimes God tells you to do things you don’t want to.
But following his instructions could make a difference in people’s lives.

April 17, 2022
Easter Sunday
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
Easter Gospel:  John 20:1-18 NRSV
Scripture Reading:  John 19:30 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Accomplished”

April 15, 2022
 
 Good Friday 

April 14, 2022
Maundy Thursday
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
Scripture Reading:  John 13:1-17 NRSV
 
Sermon Title: “Telephone: Moving from Words to Actions”

April 10, 2022
Palm Sunday
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  John 12:12-19 NRSV
Second Reading:  Luke 23:44-49 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Hands”
 
As Jesus placed his Spirit in God’s hands, what is he inviting me to place in his hands? There are certain burdens which I need to release to the Lord.
Rather than struggling to maintain control, I need to release the burdens of my heart and life into the hands of my Savior.

April 3, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Matthew 11:28-30 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 19:28-29 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Thirst”
 
Jesus 5th “Word” from the cross, “I thirst” is only voiced in John’s Gospel, but all four accounts of the crucifixion make reference to Jesus being offered something to drink. Sour wine seems like a cruel drink to offer a dying man, yet in response Jesus, the Living Water (John 4) will offer eternal life to all.

March 27, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Psalm 22:1-31 NRSV
Second Reading:  Mark 15:33-41 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Forsaken”
 
This week we will focus on the 4th “Word” that Jesus spoke from the cross as he cried out, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” This is the only “Word” found in more than one Gospel and the only one found in both Mark and Matthew (the accounts are virtually identical). All of the other “Words” are in Luke and John.

March 20, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Matthew 12:46-50 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 19:23-27 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Family”
 
Woman here is your son, Son here is your mother.” With the 3rd “word” spoken from the cross Jesus gives us the example of caring for each other. Mary & John are not blood relatives, but by the blood of Jesus we are all family in Christ and are therefore charged with the ministry of caring for each other.

March 13, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
Scripture Reading: Luke 23:39-43 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Paradise”
 
As we continue our journey through Lent, we move to the second “Word” which Jesus spoke from the cross, “Today you shall be with me in Paradise”. Last week’s offer of forgiveness leads to this week’s opportunity for reconciliation. That same possibility is open to each of us today when we choose to accept Jesus’s gift of eternal life.

March 6, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
Scripture Reading: Luke 23:33-37 RSV
 
Sermon Title: “7 Words for Today: Forgiveness”
 
As we begin our Lenten journey to the cross, we will take time each Sunday to consider one of the 7 Last Words of Jesus. Traditionally speaking, the Gospels recorded seven phrases that Jesus spoke while hanging on the cross. This week we will meditate upon the words, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” and consider ways that we can also be motivated to offer forgiveness to others.
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