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Pentecost 5
 

July 7, 2019

                                                                                                                              


The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
   49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
   52 At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
   54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
   57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
   58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. (John 8:48-59)
 

The Jews of Jerusalem: Scorn and Slander

 
          I had a very interesting conversation last week.  A professor from Wayne State University met with me to talk about the way conservative Christians view climate change.  We wound up talking for a couple of hours and hit on a lot of different topics.  He told me about an experience he had.  He was listening to a report on National Public Radio about a special meeting of the United Methodist Church that took place last February.  They were debating homosexuality and gay marriage.  They played recordings of two different speakers.  The professor said that one speaker argued that the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong, Then he asked, “Are we going to follow the Bible or not?”  The other speaker was gay and said, “I feel a lot of hatred in this room right now and it hurts me.”  What was interesting to me was that the professor – who is a liberal – said that he didn’t think that the first speaker showed any obvious hatred.  He merely spoke to his conviction that God’s Word is true.  But his words were immediately characterized as hateful.  That’s the world we live in.  And you know up?  It’s nothing new.  Today’s conversation with Christ shows us that for at least two thousand years, people have met the truth of the gospel with scorn and slander.
 

I.

          Today’s conversation with Christ is a little different from the other ones in this series.  It’s only a part of a much longer conversation.  And rather than talking to just one or two people, Jesus was apparently talking with a crowd that John calls “the Jews of Jerusalem.” It’s clear that they were pretty hostile to Jesus.  So, he experienced scorn and slander. It’s just easier than understanding Jesus’ message.
          When we come into the conversation, these people were saying to Jesus, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”  But where did that charge of demon possession come from?  All the demons Jesus had driven out.  Rather than seeing that as a tremendous example of God’s grace, they claimed it showed he was possessed by a chief demon.  And what about calling him a Samaritan?  Remember last week we talked about the very tense relationship between Jews and Samaritans.  Jews wouldn’t eat with Samaritans.  They wouldn’t even talk to them.  They considered them to have a twisted and false version of the faith.  But Jesus did talk to and eat with Samaritans.  He even stayed in their homes.
          So, in a sense, they chose charges that would stick.  But they were engaging in what we today call a soundbite.  Of course, the point of a soundbite isn’t whether it’s true.  It’s the fact that you can say it in an instant and then a person can talk until they’re blue in the face trying to explain it, but nobody’s listening anymore.  Why would these people do that?  Because they didn’t believe Jesus.  It was easier to dismiss him as a Samaritan or at least a Samaritan lover and as demon possessed than to think about what he was saying and doing.  Why was that?  Because Jesus’ words and actions challenged their beliefs and prejudices.  If treating Samaritans with love and reaching out to them with the gospel was the right way to deal with their doctrinal problems, then all those Jewish feelings of superiority were pure arrogance.  If Jesus really was driving out demons to rescue the children of God from the devil, then all the times they refused to listen to him must mean they were in error.  And they just didn’t want to consider the possibility that they had been sinning all this time.
          So, they slandered Jesus.  How did he answer?  He denied their charge and then he returned to the gospel. He said, “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  There is a very important lesson in this for us.  We will encounter soundbite tactics – like standing on God’s Word is hatred.  Guess what?  Not a new a charge.  People who want to sin often attack people who want to stand on God’s Word.  As frustrating as I find the media’s love affair with the LGTBQ community, a far greater issue in our congregation is heterosexual marriage – and people getting divorced.  If you get a divorce, I will want to sit down with you to talk about what’s happening.  I’m going to ask why you’re getting divorced.  God gives two acceptable reasons: your spouse has cheated on you or your spouse has left you.  While there is some wiggle room in what exactly constitutes leaving you, it does not include, “All we ever did was fight,” or “we just don’t love each other anymore,” or “it just wasn’t working.”  Those things hurt.  And they are sins.  But they don’t constitute a God pleasing reason for divorce.  And do you know what happens, almost always, when I say that?  People get mad at me.
          When you talk to people outside the church, it’s worse.  Homosexuality is probably the biggest stick that people hit us with today, but there are others and there always will be.  Unbelievers didn’t play fair with Jesus and they aren’t going to play fair with us.  So, what do we do?  What Jesus did.  We deny the lies.  And then we get back to the gospel.  Because that is how the Spirit works.  We challenge sin so that he convicts their hearts.  And we bring the promises that only Jesus can make, the promises of life and forgiveness and love.  And you know what?  God works.  He changes hearts.  We might not see it, because you can’t see what’s happening in someone’s heart.  But God’s power is real.  And we may very well meet people in heaven that we never thought were going to get there.  And when we talk to them, we might learn that our testimony had a lot more to do with that than we could see while we were talking to them here.
 

II.

          Of course, unbelievers don’t usually go down without a fight.  Every person is born an unbeliever and resisting the gospel is what the Old Adam inside us does.  That doesn’t mean we’ve lost.  It just means that we’re following Jesus who faced scorn and slander.  That’s just more natural than believing the truth.  
          Jesus said, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  You know what that means, right?  Jesus was not saying that all Christians will live until he comes back.  He was saying that when these bodies die, our souls will live with him in heaven until he returns and raises these bodies.  For us, death is just the doorway to eternal life.  Now, clearly, it requires some understanding of the gospel to get all that and Jesus would not have criticized these people if they would’ve asked him to explain what he meant.
          But that’s not what happened.  Instead, they mocked him: “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.  Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”   You know what’s sad about that last question?  It’s exactly what Jesus was getting at – who he was.  Jesus made the promise of beating death to get these people to ask who he really was.  But rather than ask it seriously, they asked it as an attack.  Abraham died.  The prophets died.  You don’t think you’re greater than they were, do you?
          Jesus refused to be drawn into a pointless debate.  He wasn’t here to glorify himself.  So, he merely testified to the truth.  He said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”  Now, that was the law.  Jesus was accusing them of not following in the faith of Abraham.  But how did Abraham see Jesus’ day?  God had revealed to him that one of his descendants would be the Savior of the world.  Abraham trusted that promise and he rejoiced in it, even though he had very limited knowledge about what Jesus life would be like.
          But these Jews missed the point because they were not thinking spiritually.  So they asked the question that comes naturally to everyone who doesn’t get what Jesus met: “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham!”  This is a pretty telling comment because they knew Abraham was looking forward to the Messiah and they should’ve understood that Jesus was saying that he was that Messiah.  But the sinner inside doesn’t like to think spiritually.  So Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!”  What did that mean?  Abraham had been dead for more than two thousand years when Jesus said this, and Jesus claims he existed before Abraham was born.  He was claiming to be eternal.  But it’s even deeper than that.  When God appeared to Moses at the burning bush, Moses asked God to tell him is name.  God said, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”  In Hebrew, “I Am” is the very name of God.  Jesus was claiming to be that God who appeared to Moses and who called Abraham to go to Canaan.  You can tell that they finally understood because they picked up stones to kill him.
          But there was no other response Jesus could give them.  He claimed to be God because he was claiming to be their Savior.  They denied and rejected him but Jesus continued to reach out to them in love with the truth.  He only left them when they turned violent.  And we may face the same kind of reaction.  All the claims Jesus made that day are unacceptable to people today.  Most people today reject the claim that Jesus really is the Son of God.  They think that if Jesus existed at all, then obviously, he was a human being.  But that’s all he was.  No one can seriously expect people today to believe that God entered the womb of a virgin and caused her to conceive and give birth to a man who was really God. Of course, that’s exactly what the Scriptures say.  We need to know that, because that God man is the one who came to save us. 
          So what do we do when we encounter heated opposition and mockery of the truth?  Exactly what Jesus did.  We hold to our confession.  We point those people to the gospel in every way that we can.  And we let the Holy Spirit work. Can we do that?  It’s hard because it just doesn’t seem to us like it’s going to work.  Over the years, I’ve had many conversations with many people who argued and seemed to reject the truth.  Not many ever became believers, as far as I know.  It’s tempting for us to think that we need some other way of bringing people in.  But only the gospel will change hearts.  We need to pay attention to the arguments of unbelievers so that we apply the law and the gospel to their lives and their hearts.  But we have to trust that God will work in that message.   There’s a voice in our heads that disagrees.  It points to all the people who didn’t beleive as proof that the gospel doesn’t get the job done.  That voice is the unbeliever inside us.  He is trying to lead us away from Jesus to our own ideas that God should listen to.  He’s trying to get us to worship our own smarts. 
          Sometimes, though, the problem is we’re just too afraid to try.  We don’t know enough.  We don’t want to be embarrassed. You know what?  That fear comes from that unbeliever, too.  Faith in Christ is fearless.  It does what Jesus calls us to do and trusts in the gospel he gave us.  But on this side of heaven, not one of us has a perfect faith.  Sin always gets in the way.
          But that’s why Jesus came.  To rescue us sinners from our failures and even from the unbelief that still infects our hearts and weakens our faith.  When Jesus confronted these people, he was being the perfect witness that we can never be.  Now God counts us as perfect.  Jesus died and he paid for our fear and for our pride that thinks we know better than God. Jesus wiped all that sin away with his blood.  He rose to tell us that we are forgiven.  He rose to promise us that all of us who keep his word – that is, all of us who trust his promises – will never die.  We will simply pass from this life to the next.  Death won’t even interrupt our existence.
          That promise gives us the strength and the wisdom we need to stand up for the truth, to answer arguments, and to witness for our Savior.  It comforts us when people engage use soundbites to lie about us.  It gives us courage when we are attacked.  It enables us to live Christ’s love, so that people like that professor, who is not a Christian, can see the truth that we speak as God’s witnesses, not out of hate.  And the Holy Spirit will work through our words.  He will reach into hearts. And he will make believers.  And when we get to heaven, we will finally see how we fit into his plan.  For now, it’s enough to know that we do fit into his plans. Trust in Jesus in the face of all scorn and slander. And share the good news.  Amen.

 
Previous Sermons:


July 7, 2019 ~ Pentecost 4

June 30, 2019 ~ Pentecost 3

June 23, 2019 ~ Pentecost 2

June 16, 2019 ~ Holy Trinity

June 9, 2019 ~ Festival of Pentecost

June 2, 2019 ~ Easter 7

May 26, 2019 ~ Easter 6


May 12, 2019 ~ Easter 4

May 5, 2019 ~ Easter 3 Confirmation

April 28, 2019 ~ Easter 2

April 21, 2019 ~ Easter Festival

April 14, 2019 ~ Palm Sunday

April 7, 2019 ~ Lent 5

March 31, 2019 ~ Lent 4

March 24, 2019 ~ Lent 3

March 17, 2019 ~ Lent 2

March 10, 2019 ~ Lent 1

March 3, 2019 ~ Transfiguration

February 17, 2019 ~ Epiphany 6

February 10, 2019 ~ Epiphany 5

February 3, 2019 ~ Epiphany 4

January 27, 2019 ~ Epiphany 3

January 20, 2019 ~ Epiphany 2

January 6, 2019 ~ Epiphany Festival

 
2018
 
December 31, 2018 ~ New Years Eve

December 30, 2018 ~ Christmas 1

December 25, 2018 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2018 ~ Christmas Eve


December 16, 2018 ~ Advent 3

December 9, 2018 ~ Advent 2


December 5, 2018 ~ Midweek Advent 1


December 2, 2018 ~ Advent 1

November 25, 2018 ~ Christ the King

November 21, 2018 ~ Thanksgiving

November 18, 2018 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 11, 2018 ~ Last Judgment

October 28, 2018 ~ Pentecost 23

October 21, 2018 ~ Mission and Ministry Sunday

October 14, 2018 ~ Pentecost 21

October 7, 2018 ~ Pentecost 20

September 16, 2018 ~ Pentecost 17

September 9, 2018 ~ Pentecost 16

September 2, 2018 ~ Pentecost 15

August 26, 2018 ~ Pentecost 14

August 19, 2018 ~ Pentecost 13

August 5, 2018 ~ Pentecost 11

July 29, 2018 ~ Pentecost 10

June 24, 2018 ~ Pentecost 5

June 17, 2018 ~ Pentacost 4

June 10, 2018 ~ Pentecost 3

June 3, 2018 ~ Pentecost 2 / Peace Graduation

May 27, 2018 ~ Holy Trinity

May 26, 2018 ~ MLS Graduation

May 20, 2018 ~ Pentecost Festival

May 13, 2018 ~ Easter 7

May 10, 2018 ~ Ascension

May 7, 2018 ~ Confirmation

April 29, 2018 ~ Easter 5

April 15, 2018 ~ Easter 3

April 8, 2018 ~ Easter 2

April 1, 2018 ~ Easter Festival

March 30, 2018 ~ Good Friday

March 29, 2018 ~ Maundy Thursday

March 25, 2018 ~ Palm Sunday

March 18, 2018 ~ Lent 5

March 11, 2018 ~ Lent 4

February 25, 2018 ~ Lent 2

February 18, 2018 ~ Lent 1

February 4, 2018 ~ Circuit Pastor Exchange

January 21, 2018 ~ Epiphany 3

January 14, 2018 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 7, 2018 ~ Epiphany Festival

 
2017

December 31, 2017 ~ Christmas 1

December 25, 2017 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2017 ~ Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017 ~ Advent 4

December 10, 2017 ~ Advent 2

December 3, 2017 ~ Advent 1

November 29, 2017 ~ Midweek Advent 1

November 26, 2017 ~ Christ the King

November 22, 2017 ~ Thanksgiving

November 19, 2017 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 12, 2017 ~ Last Judgment

November 5, 2017 ~ All Saints Day

October 29, 2017 ~ Reformation

October 22, 2017 ~ Pentecost 20

October 15, 2017 ~ Pentecost 19

October 8, 2017 ~ Pentecost 18

October 1, 2017 ~ Pentecost 17

September 24, 2017 ~ Pentecost 16

September 17, 2017 ~ Pentecost 15

September 10, 2017 ~ Pentecost 14

September 3, 2017 ~ Pentecost 13

August 13, 2017 ~ Pentecost 10

August 6, 2017 ~ Pentecost 9

July 30, 2017 ~ Pentecost 8

July 23, 2017 ~ Pentecost 7

July 16, 2017 ~ Pentecost 6

July 9, 2017 ~ Pentecost 4

July 2, 2017 ~ The Nation

June 25, 2017 ~ Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

June 18, 2017 ~ Pentecost 2

June 11, 2017 ~ Holy Trinity

June 4, 2017 ~ Pentecost Festival

May 28, 2017 ~ Easter 7

May 25, 2017 ~ Ascension

May 21, 2017 ~ Easter 6

May 14, 2017 ~ Easter 5

May 7, 2017 ~ Easter 4 / Confirmation

April 23, 2017 ~ Easter 2

April 16, 2017 ~ Easter Festival

April 9, 2017 ~ Palm Sunday

April 2, 2017 ~ Lent 5

March 26, 2017 ~ Lent 4

March 19, 2017 ~ Feast of St. Joseph

March 12, 2017 ~ Lent 2

March 5, 2017 ~ Lent 1

February 26, 2017 ~ Transfiguration

February 19, 2017 ~ Epiphany 6

February 12, 2017 ~ Epiphany 5

February 5, 2017 ~ Epiphany 4

January 29, 2017 ~ Epiphany 3

January 22, 2017 ~ Epiphany 2

January 15, 2017 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 8, 2017 ~ Epiphany Festival

January 1, 2017 ~ Name of Jesus

2016

December 25, 2016 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2016 ~ Christmas Eve

December 11, 2016 ~ Advent 3

December 4, 2016 ~ Advent 2

November 23, 2016 ~ Thanksgiving

November 20, 2016 ~ Christ the King

November 6, 2016 ~ Last Judgment

October 30, 2016 ~ Area Joint Reformation

October 30, 2016 ~ Reformation

October 23, 2016 ~ Pentecost 23

October 16, 2016 ~ Pentecost 22

October 2, 2016 ~ Pentecost 20

September 25, 2016 ~ Pentecost 19

September 18, 2016 ~ Pentecost 18

September 11, 2016 ~ Pentecost 17

August 28, 2016 ~ Christian Education Sunday

August 21, 2016 ~ Pentecost 14

August 14, 2016 ~ Pentecost 13

August 7, 2016 ~ Pentecost 12

July 31, 2016 ~ Pentecost 11

July 24, 2016 ~ Pentecost 10

July 3, 2016 ~ Pentecost 7

June 26, 2016 ~ Pentecost 6

June 5, 2016 ~ Pentecost 3

May 29, 2016 ~ Pentecost 2

May 22, 2016 ~ Holy Trinity

May 15, 2016 ~ Festival of Pentecost

May 8, 2016 ~ Easter 7

May 5, 2016 ~ Ascension


May 1, 2016 ~ Confirmation

April 24, 2016 ~ Easter 5

April 10, 2016 ~ Easter 3

April 3, 2016 ~ Easter 2

March 27, 2016 ~ Easter

March 25, 2016 ~ Good Friday

March 24, 2016 ~ Maundy Thursday

March 20, 2016 ~ Palm Sunday

March 6, 2016 ~ Lent 4

March 2, 2016 ~ Midweek 2

February 28, 2016 ~ Lent 3

February 21, 2016 ~ Lent 2

February 14, 2016 ~ Lent 1

February 10, 2016 ~ Ash Wednesday

February 7, 2016 ~ Transfiguration

January 31, 2016 ~ Epiphany 4

January 24, 2016 ~ Epiphany 3

January 17, 2016 ~ Epiphany 2

January 3, 2016 ~ Epiphany

2015

December 31, 2015 ~ New Year's Eve

December 27, 2015 ~ Christmas 1

December 25, 2015 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2015 ~ Christmas Eve

December 13, 2015 ~ Advent 3 

December 2, 2015 ~ Midweek Advent

November 29, 2015 ~ Advent 1

November 25, 2015 ~ Thanksgiving

November 22, 2015 ~ Christ the King

November 15, 2015 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 8, 2015 ~ Last Judgment

November 1, 2015 ~ All Saints

October 25, 2015 ~ Reformation

October 18, 2015 ~ St. Luke, Evangelist

October 11, 2015 ~ Pentecost 20

September 27, 2015 ~ Pentecost 18

September 13, 2015 ~ Pentecost 16

September 6, 2015 ~ Pentecost 15

August 30, 2015 ~ Pentecost 14

August 16, 2015 ~ Pentecost 12

August 7, 2015 ~ Pentecost 11

August 2, 2015 ~ Pentecost 10

July 5, 2015 ~ Pentecost 6 / Topical Sermon: Gay Marriage

June 28, 2015 ~ Pentecost 5

June 21, 2015 ~ Pentecost 4

June 14, 2015 ~ Pentecost 3

June 7, 2015 ~ Pentecost 2

May 31, 2015 ~ Holy Trinity

May 24, 2015 ~ Festival of Pentecost

May 17, 2015 ~ Easter 7

May 14, 2015 ~ Ascension

May 10, 2015 ~ Easter 6

May 3, 2015 ~ Confirmation

April 26, 2015 ~ Easter 4

April 14, 2015 ~ Spring Pastors Conference

April 12, 2015 ~ Easter 2

April 5, 2015 ~ Easter Festival

March 29, 2015 ~ Palm Sunday

March 22, 2015 ~ Lent 5

March 15, 2015 ~ Lent 4

March 8, 2015 ~ Lent 3

February 15, 2015 ~ Transfiguration

February 8, 2015 ~ Epiphany 5

February 1, 2015 ~ Epiphany 4

January 25, 2015 ~ Epiphany 3

January 18, 2015 ~ Epiphany 2

January 4, 2015 ~ Epiphany Festival

2014

December 31, 2014 ~ New Year's Eve

December 28, 2014 ~ Christmas I

December 25, 2014 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2014 ~ Christmas Eve

December 14, 2014 ~ Advent 3

December 7, 2014 ~ Advent 2

December 3, 2014 ~ Advent Midweek

November 30, 2014 ~ Advent 1

November 26, 2014 ~ Thanksgiving

November 9, 2014 ~ Last Judgment

November 2, 2014 ~ Reformation

October 24, 2014 ~ Pentecost 20

October 12, 2014 ~ Pentecost 18

October 5, 2014 ~ Pentecost 17

September 28, 2014 ~ Pentecost 16

September 21, 2014 ~ Pentecost 15

September 14, 2014 ~ Pentecost 14

August 31, 2014 ~ Pentecost 12

August 24, 2014 ~ Pentecost 11

August 17, 2014 ~ Pentecost 10

August 10, 2014 ~ Pentecost 9

August 3, 2014 ~ Pentecost 8

July 27, 2014 ~ Pentecost 7

July 6, 2014 ~ Pentecost 4

June 22, 2014 ~ Pentecost 2

June 15, 2014 ~ Holy Trinity

June 8, 2014 ~ Pentecost Festival

June 1, 2014 ~ Eaaster 7

May 29, 2014 ~ Ascension

May 25, 2014 ~ Easter 6

May 18, 2014 ~ Easter 5

May 10, 2014 ~ Easter 4

May 4, 2014 ~ Confirmation

April 27, 2014 ~ Stewardship

April 20, 2014 ~ Easter

April 18, 2014 ~ Good Friday

April 17, 2014 ~ Maundy Thursday

April 13, 2014 ~ Palm Sunday

April 6, 2014 ~ Lent 5

March 30, 2014 ~ Lent 4

March 23, 2014 ~ Lent 3

March 16, 2014 ~ Lent 2

March 9, 2014 ~ Lent 1

March 2, 2014 ~ Transfiguration

February 23, 2014 ~ Epiphany 7

February 16, 2014 ~ Christian Education Sunday

February 9, 2014 ~ Epiphany 5

February 2, 2014 ~ Presentation of our Lord

January 26, 2014 ~ St. Titus

January 19, 2014 ~ Epiphany 2

January 12, 2014 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 5, 2014 ~ Epiphany Festival

2013

December 31, 2013 ~ New Years Eve

December 29, 2013 ~ Christmas 1

December 25, 2013 ~ Christmas

December 24, 2013 ~ Christmas Eve

December 15, 2013 ~ Advent 3 

December 8, 2013 ~ Advent 2

December 3, 2013 ~ Midweek Advent

December 1, 2013 ~ Advent 1

November 27, 2013 ~ Thanksgiving

November 24, 2013 ~ Christ the King

November 17, 2013 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 10, 2013 ~ Last Judgment

November 3, 2013 ~ Reformation

October 27, 2013 ~ Pentecost 23

October 20, 2013 ~ Love Takes Time 2

October 13, 2013 ~ Pentecost 21

October 6, 2013 ~ Pentecost 20

September 29, 2013 ~ Pentecost 19

September 22, 2013 ~ Pentecost 18

September 15, 2013 ~ Love Takes Time 1

September 8, 2013 ~ Christian Education Sunday

September 1, 2013 ~ Pentecost 15

August 25, 2013 ~ Pentecost 14

August 18, 2013 ~ Pentecost 13

July 21, 2013 ~ Pentecost 9

July 14, 2013 ~ Pentecost 8

July 5, 2013 ~ Pentecost 7

June 30, 2013 ~ Pentecost 6

June 16, 2013 ~ Pentecost 4

June 7, 2013 ~ Pentecost 3

June 2, 2013 ~ Pentecost 2

May 19, 2013 ~ Festival of Pentecost/Church Anniversary

May 12, 2013 ~ Easter 7

May 9, 2013 ~ Ascension

May 5, 2013 ~ Confirmation

April 28, 2013 ~ Easter 5

April 19, 2013 ~ Easter 4

April 14, 2013 ~ Easter 3

March 31, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion -Easter

March 29, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion -Good Friday

March 28, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion -Maundy Thursday

March 24, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion -Palm Sunday

March 13, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion Week 5

March 10, 2013 ~ Lent 4

March 6, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion Week 4

March 3, 2013 ~ Lent 3

February 27, 2013 ~ Ironies of the Passion Week 3 

February 24, 2013 ~ Lent 2

February 20, 2013 - Ironies of the Passion Week 2

February 13, 2013 - Ironies of the Passion, Ash Wednesday

February 10, 2013 ~ Transfiguration

February 3, 2013 ~ Epiphany 4

January 27, 2013 ~ Epiphany 3

January 20, 2013 ~ Epiphany 2

January 13, 2013 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 6, 2013 ~ Feast of Epiphany

 
2012
 
December 31, 2012 ~ New Years Eve 

December 30, 2012 ~ Christmas 1

December 25, 2012 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2012 ~ Christmas Eve

December 23, 2012 ~ Advent 4

December 9, 2012 ~ Advent 2

December 5, 2012 ~ Advent Midweek 1

December 2, 2012 ~ Advent 1

November 25, 2012 ~ Christ the King

November 21, 2012 ~ Thanksgiving

November 18, 2012 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 11, 2012 ~ Last Judgment

November 4, 2012 ~ Walking Together Sunday

October 28, 2012 ~ Reformation

October 21, 2012 ~ Pentecost 21

October 14, 2012 ~ Pentecost 20

October 7, 2012 ~ Pentecost 19

September 30, 2012 ~ Pentecost 18

September 23, 2012 ~ Pentecost 17

September 16, 2012 ~ Pentecost 16

September 9, 2012 ~ Christian Education Sunday

September 2, 2012 ~ Pentecost 14

August 26, 2012 ~ Pentecost 13

August 19, 2012 ~ Pentecost 12

July 29, 2012 ~ Pentecost 9

July 15, 2012 ~ Pentecost 7

July 1, 2012 ~ Pentecost 5

June 24, 2012 ~ Pentecost 4

June 17, 2012 ~ Pentecost 3

June 10, 2012 ~ Pentecost 2   


June 3, 2012 ~ Holy Trinity

May 20, 2012 ~ Easter 7

May 17, 2012 ~ Ascension


May 13, 2012 ~ Easter 6

May 6, 2012 ~ Confirmation

April 29, 2012 ~ Easter 4


April 22, 2012 ~ Easter 3

April 8, 2012 ~ Easter

April 1, 2012 ~ Palm Sunday


March 25, 2012 ~ Lent 5

March 18, 2012 ~ Lent 4

March 11, 2012 ~ Lent 3

March 4, 2012 ~ Lent 2


February 19, 2012 ~ Transfiguration

February 12, 2012 ~ Epiphany 6

February 5, 2012 ~ Epiphany 5


January 29, 2012 ~ Epiphany 4

January 22, 2012 ~ Epiphany 3

January 15, 2012 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 1, 2012 ~ Name of Jesus

 
2011


September 18, 2011 ~ Pentecost 14
 
September 11, 2011 ~ Pentecost 13

September 4, 2011 ~ Pentecost 12

August 27, 2011 ~ Education Sunday

August 21, 2011 ~ Pentecost 10

August 14, 2011 ~ Pentecost 9

August 7, 2011 ~ Pentecost 8

June 26, 2011 ~ Pentecost 2

June 19, 2011 ~ Trinity

June 12, 2011 ~ Pentecost

June 5, 2011 ~ Easter 7

June 2, 2011 ~ Ascension

May 29, 2011 ~ Easter 6

May 22, 2011 ~ Easter 5 / Mrs. Olson's Retirement

May 15, 2011 ~ Easter 4

May 8, 2011 ~ Confirmation Sunday

May 1, 2011 ~ Easter 2 

April 24, 2011 ~ Easter

April 17, 2011 ~ Palm Sunday

April 10, 2011 ~ Lent 5

March 27, 2011 ~ Lent 3

March 20, 2011 ~ Lent 2

March 13, 2011 ~ Lent 1

February 27, 2011 ~ Epiphany 8

February 20, 2011 ~ Epiphany 7

February 13, 2011 ~ Epiphany 6

February 6, 2011 ~ Epiphany 5

January 30, 2011 ~ Epiphany 4

January 23, 2011 ~ Epiphany 3

January 9, 2011 ~ Epiphany 

January 16, 2011 ~ Baptism of Our Lord

January 2, 2011 ~ Christmas 2

 

2010

December 31, 2010 ~ New Year's Eve

December 26, 2010 ~ Christmas 1 

December 25, 2010 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2010 ~ Christmas Eve

December 12, 2010 ~ Advent 3

December 5, 2010 ~ Advent 2

November 28, 2010 ~ Advent 1 

November 24, 2010 ~ Thanksgiving

November 21, 2010 ~ Christ the King

November 14, 2010 ~ Saints Triumphant 

November 7, 2010 ~ Last Judgement

October 31, 2010 ~ Reformation 

October 24, 2010 ~ Pentecost 22

October 17, 2010 ~ Friendship Sunday

October 3, 2010 ~ Pentecost 19

September 26, 2010 ~ Pentecost 18

September 19,2010 ~ Evangelism Sunday

September 12, 2010 ~ Pentecost 16

September 5, 2010 ~ Pentecost 15

August 29, 2010 ~ Christian Education Sunday 

August 22, 2010 ~ Pentecost 13

August 15, 2010 ~ St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord

August 1, 2010 ~ Pentecost 10

July 25, 2010 ~ Pentecost 9

July 18, 2010 ~ Pentecost 8

June 20, 2010 ~ Pentecost 4

June 13, 2010 ~ Pentecost 3

June 6, 2010 ~ Pentecost 2

May 30, 2010 ~ Holy Trinity

May 23, 2010 ~ Pentecost

May 16, 2010 ~ Easter 7

May 13, 2010 ~ Ascension

May 9, 2010 ~ Easter 6

May 2, 2010 ~ Confirmation

April 25, 2010 ~ Easter 4

April 16, 2010 ~ Easter 3

April 11, 2010 ~ Easter 2

April 4, 2010 ~ Easter

March 28, 2010 ~ Palm Sunday

March 21, 2010 ~ Lent 5

March 7, 2010 ~ Lent 3

February 28, 2010 ~ Lent 2

February 21, 2010 ~ Lent 1

February 7, 2010 ~ Epiphany 5

January 31, 2010 ~ Epiphany 4

January 23, 2010 ~ Feast of Saint Timothy

January 10, 2010 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 3, 2010 ~ Christmas 2

 

2009


December 31, 2009 ~ New Year's Eve

December 27, 2009 ~ Feast of St. John the Evengelist

December 25, 2009 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2009 ~ Christmas Eve

December 13, 2009 ~ Advent 3

November 29, 2009 ~ Advent 1

November 25, 2009 ~ Thanksgiving

November 22, 2009 ~ Christ the King

November 15, 2009 ~ Saints Triumphant


November 8, 2009 ~ Last Judgment

November 1, 2009 ~ All Saints

October 25, 2009 ~ Reformation


October 18, 2009 ~ Feast of St. Luke

October 11, 2009 ~ Pentecost 19

October 4, 2009 ~ Pentecost 18

September 27, 2009 ~ Pentecost 17

September 20, 2009 ~ Pentecost 16

September 6, 2009 ~ Pentecost 14

August 30, 2009 ~ Pentecost 13

August 23, 2009 ~ Pentecost 12

August 16, 2009 ~ Pentecost 11

August 10, 2009 ~ Pentecost 10 

July 19, 2009 ~ Pentecost 7

June 21, 2009 ~ Pentecost 3

June 14, 2009 ~ Pentecost 2

June 7, 2009 ~ Holy Trinity

May 31, 2009 ~ Pentecost

May 24, 2009 ~ Easter 7

May 17, 2009 ~ Easter 6

May 10, 2009 ~ Easter 5 

May 3, 2009 ~ Confirmation

April 26, 2009 ~ Easter 3

April 19, 2009 ~ Easter 2

April 5, 2009 ~ Palm Sunday

March 29, 2009 ~ Lent 5

March 22, 2009 ~ Lent 4 

March 15, 2009 ~ Lent 3

March 8, 2009 ~ Lent 2

March 1, 2009 ~ Lent 1

February 8, 2009 ~ Epiphany 5

February 1, 2009 ~ Epiphany 4

January 18, 2009 ~ Confession of St. Peter 

January 11, 2009 ~ Baptism of the Lord

January 4, 2009 ~ Second Sunday After Christmas

 

2008


December 31, 2008 ~ New Years Eve 

December 28, 2008 ~ Holy Innocents

December 25, 2008 ~ Christmas Day

December 24, 2008 ~ Christmas Eve

December 21, 2008 ~ Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

December 07, 2008 ~ Advent 2

November 30, 2008 ~ Feast of St. Andrew

November 26, 2008 ~Thanksgiving

November 23, 2008 ~ Christ the King

November 16, 2008 ~ Saints Triumphant

November 9, 2008 ~  Last Judgment

November 2, 2008 ~ Reformation

October 26, 2008  ~ Pentecost 24

October 19, 2008 ~ Pentecost 23

October 12, 2008 ~ Pentecost 22 

October 5, 2008 ~ Pentecost 21

September 28, 2008 ~ Pentecost 20

September 21, 2008 ~ St. Matthew


September 14, 2008 ~ Pentecost 18

September 7, 2008 ~ Pentecost 17  

August 31, 2008  ~  Pentecost 16

August 24, 2008  ~  St. Bartholomew

July 27, 2008  ~  Pentecost 11

July 20, 2008  ~  Pentecost 10

July 13, 2008 ~ Pentecost 9

June 29, 2008 ~ Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 22, 2008 ~ Pentecost 6


June 15, 2008 ~ Pentecost 5

June 1, 2008 ~ Pentecost 4

May 18, 2008 ~ Pentecost 2

May 11, 2008 ~ Pentecost 1

May 1, 2008 ~ Ascension

April 27, 2008 ~ Easter 6

April 20, 2008 ~ Easter 5

April 13, 2008 ~ Easter 4

April 6, 2008 ~ Easter 3

March 30, 2008 ~ Easter 2

March 23, 2008 ~ Easter

March 21, 2008 ~ Good Friday

March 20, 2008 ~ Maundy Thursday

March 16, 2008 ~ Palm Sunday

March 9, 2008 ~ Lent 5

March 2, 2008 ~ Lent 4

February 24, 2008 ~ Lent 3

February 17, 2008 ~ Lent 2

February 10, 2008 ~ St. John's Anniversary

February 3, 2008 ~ Transfiguration

January 27, 2008 ~ Epiphany 3

January 20, 2008 ~ Epiphany 2

January 13, 2008 ~ Baptism of Our Lord

January 6, 2008 ~ Epiphany

 

2007


December 31, 2007 ~ New Year's Eve

December 25, 2007 ~ Christmas Day 

December 24, 2007 ~ Christmas Eve

December 23, 2007 ~ Advent 4