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June 19, 2022
Father’s Day
Lay Servant Judy Loukides
 
First Reading:  Luke 4:14-30 MSG
Second Reading:  Luke 9:51-62 NRSV
Sermon Title: “Counting the Cost”
 
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.” -John 13:35 NRSV

June 12, 2022
Trinity Sunday
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Job 1 NRSV
Second Reading:  Job 42 NRSV
Sermon Title: “The Promise of Presence”
 
This week’s Sermon by Requests poses the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Job could be the poster child for this question. However, in the midst of his trials Job asks the Lord, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” This week we will all be invited to discover how God is with us throughout the challenging times while being reminded that we are all in need of the Lord’s mercy, forgiveness and grace.

June 5, 2022
Pentecost Sunday
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  Genesis 11:1-9 NRSV
Second Reading:  Acts 2:1-13 NRSV
Sermon Title: “Filled with the Holy Spirit”
 
The difference between Babel (Genesis 11) and Pentecost (Acts 2) is the presence of the Holy Spirit. When we try to do things on our own, we encounter obstacles. However, when filled with the Holy Spirit the possibilities for effective ministry are endless.

May 29, 2022
Pastor Kent Jackson
 
First Reading:  1 Chronicles 4:1-12 NRSV
Second Reading:  John 14:1-4 NRSV
Sermon Title: “Sources of Inspiration”
 
This week’s Sermon by Request comes from a church member who shared scripture verse 1 Chronicles 4:10 which has inspired her.
 
We will spend time reflecting on that selection and then explore other verses which can inspire our ministry as we share the Good News of God’s love with those in our community.

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?”
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