This sermon looks at another strange Advent text about John the Baptist preaching repentance. Again we ask, what does this have to do with Christmas. Read on for more.
In this first week of Advent, we explore the strange teachings of Jesus about what sounds like the end of the world—what could this have to do with Christmas? How can we get more out of this season instead of trying to make it picture perfect?
This week we continue our Stewardship Campaign “Connecting the Dots….From Faith to Action”, each week presenting some of our church’s dreams for faithfulness and community engagement. Our speakers this Sunday focused on our Mission Committee’s new focus on mental health/addiction issues in our community—something we believe more churches should “count” as mission.
In this second week of stewardship, we continue to present our faith community’s dreams for the future: the result of much discernment, discussion and prayer. This Sunday, in particular, lay leaders presented the dream of adding a part-time Christian Educator to COA staff and why we believe that would help us be more faithful to God’s calling for us.
This morning our sermon time focuses on the Parable of the Talents—in what ways do we bury our gifts in the ground rather than taking a risk, trying something new or putting ourselves out there? This marks Week 1 of our annual stewardship campaign with the theme “Connecting the Dots….from Faith to Action”.