Category Archives: Worship Services

The Learning Curve of Crumbs

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 15:10-28

She was quick: “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.” (Verse 27)

Courage, It Is Me. Don’t Be Afraid.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 14:22-33

But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” (Verse 27)

Filling the Empty Spaces

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 14:13-21

“All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said. (Verse 17)

Who’s on Your Side?

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Alyce Keener, Vicar
Reading: Romans 8:26-39

Absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Savior has embraced us. (Verse 39)

Getting Dirty

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

The field is the world, the pure seeds are subjects of the kingdom, the thistles are subjects of Evil, and the enemy who sows them is Evil. The harvest is the end of the age, the curtain of history. The harvest hands are angels. (Verse 38)

I Know You Hear Me, But Are You Listening? (Decisions, Decisions, Decisions)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Are you listening to this? Really listening? (Verse 9)

Learning To Live Freely and Lightly

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Verses 28-30)

It’s Best To Start Small

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Alyce Keener, Vicar
Reading: Matthew 10:40-42

We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.

Going All the Way

Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 10:24-39

If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. (Verses 38-39)

Compassionate Love

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:9

Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. (Verse 7)