Sermons from September 2020

Sermons from September 2020

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The Power of Love – Unity

Philippians 2:1-13   September 27, 2020   Matthew 21:23-32 I want you to picture Lucy van Pelt and her little brother, Linus, from the comic strip Peanuts.  Lucy and Linus are having a “disagreement,” but it comes to a sudden halt when Lucy gives a simple demonstration of UNITY.  She says, “See these fingers?  By themselves, they are nothing special, but when they combine into a single unit, they become a force that is TERRIBLE TO BEHOLD!!”  Admittedly, it’s not a very positive example of unity,…
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The Power of Love – Generosity

The Power of Love: Generosity                 16th Pentecost Philippians 1:21-30   September 20, 2020   Matthew 20:1-16 Think for a minute about what a generator does.  It takes some kind of power, like a gas engine or a windmill or a water-powered turbine, and converts that power into electricity.  A generator. I thought about generators when I was studying Developmental Psychology in seminary, where we learned about the concept of “generativity.”  Erik Erikson, the psychologist who developed the term “Identity Crisis”, coined the word “Generativity” to describe a stage…
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The Power of Love – Forgiveness

15th Pentecost The Power of Love: Forgiveness Romans 14:1-12     Sept. 13, 2020       Matthew 18:21-35 Part of what it means to be HUMAN is to be vulnerable—to live with the possibility of being hurt by other people. I don’t need to ask if you have ever been hurt, because our vulnerability means that, occasionally, WE WILL BE HURT. It’s part of the human condition. And the antidote to that hurt is simple (and, at the same time, often very…
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The Power of Love – Speaking the Truth

The Power of Love: Speaking the Truth           14th Pentecost Romans 13:8-14   September 6, 2020   Matthew 18:15-20 You all know what a scalpel is, right?  It’s a small, very sharp cutting tool that is used by surgeons all around the world.  In the hands of a skilled surgeon, a scalpel can be the instrument of healing and hope.  But, in the wrong hands, a scalpel can be an instrument of destruction and mayhem! Did you know that our words also carry this dual possibility?  When we…