Tag Archives: Lent

Steps of Loving Others

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1–13

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. (Verses 4-7)

Loving Ourselves

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Alyce Keener, Vicar
Reading: Philippians 1:9-11

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. (Verse 9)

Lent 2022 Readings, Worship Schedule and Worship Topics

Lenten call to worship:

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Week 1: Loving God with passion, prayer and intelligence

  • Sermon 3/6: Pastor Paul preaching
  • Bible study 3/7
  • Old Testament reading: Exodus 20:1-11, The 10 Commandments
  • New Testament reading: I John 4:10-19
  • Sermon passage: John 14:8-14

Week 2: What it is to be mindful of God

  • Sermon 3/13: Vicar Alyce preaching
  • Bible study 3/14
  • Old Testament reading: Daniel 2:19-23
  • New Testament reading: Matthew 6:6-13
  • Sermon passage: Mark 12:29-34

Week 3: Loving ourselves

  • Sermon 3/20: Pastor Paul preaching
  • Bible study 3/21
  • Old Testament reading: Psalms 139
  • New Testament reading: Ephesians 5:1-12
  • Sermon passage: Matthew 5:1-12
  • Key verse: Matthew 5:5

Week 4: Loving ourselves

  • Sermon 3/27: Vicar Alyce preaching
  • Bible study 3/28
  • Old Testament reading: Psalm 149 or 150
  • New Testament reading: Ephesians 2:1-8
  • Sermon passage: Philippians 1:9-11

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! (Ephesians 2:1-8)

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

Week 5: How to love others

  • Sermon 4/3: Pastor Paul preaching
  • Bible study 4/4
  • Old Testament reading: Deuteronomy 10:19-21
  • New Testament reading: Matthew 18:21-22
  • Sermon passage: 1 Corinthians 13
  • Key verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Week 6: Loving others

  • Sermon 4/10: Pastor Paul preaching
  • Bible study 4/11
  • Old Testament reading: Psalms 31:9-16
  • New Testament reading: Romans 13:8-10
  • Sermon passage: John 15:11-17
  • Key verse: John 15:13-14

God of Process

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: John 12:20-33

But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal. (Verse 25)

No Condemnation

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: John 3:14-21

God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending the Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. Jesus came to help, to put the world right again. (Verse 17)