Worship Opportunities February-March 2015

February 1 – Epiphany 4
Theme: Keeping our lives focused on God
Scripture: Matthew 6:7-21 (Psalm 20:7 as a prayer thought?)
Sermon Title: “Heavenly Treasure”
A service of Holy Communion


February 8 – Epiphany 5
Theme: Being reconiled to God and one another is a life-affirming, dynamic relationship.
Scripture: Psalm 133; Galatians 3:19-29
Sermon Title: “One Community”


February 15 – Transfiguration/Epiphany 6
Theme: To follow Jesus is to give fully of ourselves trusting in the presence and guidance of Christ.
Scripture: Matthew 16:24-17:8
Sermon Title: “Taking Up the Cross”

During Lent we study  Jesus’ parables about the kin-dom of heaven.  Jesus’ teaching reveals that God’s Kingdom is full of forgiveness, grace, invitation and welcome, unexpected revelations, and ultimate judgment.


February 22 – Lent 1
Theme: Forgiveness strengthens the bonds of relationship. (The Kin-dom of Heaven is a place of forgiveness)
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35 (Psalm 32:1-2)
Sermon Title: “Forgiveness from the Heart”


March 1 – Lent 2
Theme: God’s grace is persistent and abundant. (The Kin-dom of Heaven is a place of grace)
Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16
Sermon Title: “Laboring in God’s Vineyard”
A Service of Holy Communion


March 8 – Lent 3
Theme: The kin-dom of heaven is a place of invitation and welcome.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Sermon Title: “Invited to the Banquet”


March 15 – Lent 4
Theme: The kin-dom of heaven will be fulfilled unexpectedly, so be prepared.
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 (Psalm 43)
Sermon Title: “Keep Your Lamps”


March 22 – Lent 5
Theme: The judgment of God
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-48 (Psalm 98:7-9)
Sermon Title: “When Did We See You?”


March 29 – Palm/Passion Sunday
Theme: Even as the crowds celebrated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the city was in turmoil, setting the stage for the crucifixion. Does the work of Jesus bring turmoil in our day?
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11
Meditation Title: “A City in Turmoil: Celebration and Questions”
Scripture: Matthew 21:12-17
Meditation Title: “A City in Turmoil: at the Temple”