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Sermons on Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time 23 Service – What Do We Do With Abundant Gifts? (Matthew 24:14-30)

OPENING WORDS / CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 90:1-2)Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations; you have been our home throughout all the ages. You were there before the world was made and will be forever. From everlasting to everlasting you are God. PRAYER OF THE DAY (1 Thessalonians 5:5, Matthew 25:14-30)O God, the gift of your Son is the…

Ordinary Time 22 – Prepared to Wait: Don’t Let Your Lamp Go Out (Matthew 25:1-13)

Jesus tells a parable that is particularly relevant for us during this strange and unique time. He speaks of ten guests at a wedding where ALL were ready for a wonderful event, but only HALF were ready for the wait that preceded it. The “foolish” (according to Jesus) were prepared for a party, but the “wise” were prepared for unexpected and long…

Ordinary Time 21 – Abuses of Power: Leading Christ’s Way (Matthew 23:1-12)

Jesus warns of the “dark side” of leadership. Leaders who do not practice what they preach, are merciless toward others, flaunt their piety, and crave recognition, honor, and superior standing find themselves at odds with God’s kingdom. Like Jesus, the greatest leader shall be the humble servant. Opening Hymn: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Closing Doxology: Praise God from Whom All…

Ordinary Time 20 – The Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40)

This jam-packed service begins with a special word from our Wisconsin Conference Minister, Franz Rigert, followed by an update concerning the India Gala. In today’s message, Jesus reveals the two commands at the heart of his teaching: Love God supremely, and love others as we love ourselves. All other divine commands are simply a footnote to these two commandments. Opening Hymn: Sun…

Ordinary Time 18 – Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-14)

Days after entering into covenant with God, the people of God craft an idol while Moses is away on Mount Sinai. God threatens to destroy the people, but Moses intercedes on their behalf and God relents. This story has much to teach us about our proneness to idolatry and about what faithful and faithless leadership looks like. Opening Hymn: For the Beauty…

Ordinary Time 16 – Confirmation Bias (Matthew 21:23-32)

In today’s story, Jesus seeks to overcome the “confirmation bias” of his interlocutors who seek to trap him with their “gotcha question”. Confirmation bias is the tendency to take in only data that confirms a prior conviction and to discount information that does not conform to what we already believe. We are all guilty of this at times, and the danger is…