Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes

Nearly every week, Sermon Notes are provided to help us prepare for upcoming sermons.  Feel free to use these Sermon Notes in your personal study or in a group!

Laity Sunday

This year we have the privilege and joy of having Caryn Blanton, co-chair of Shoreline Community Services, share the message for Laity Sunday. For those of you who have met Caryn, you know that she has a keen sense of organizing, an unflappable commitment to helping those in our community who are most vulnerable and a deep faith that drives her work.  For those of you who don’t know Caryn, I’m glad you’ll get a chance to meet her.  She inspires me as I seek to answer my call with faithfulness and integrity.  I trust that she’ll be an inspiration to you as well.  

Generous Discipleship: Abundance

We’ll spend some time on Sunday contemplating what it means to think about scarcity and abundance in the midst of a pandemic.  How does COVID-19 affect our hopes and dreams, our vision and planning for ministry in 2021?  Will we have enough?  As individuals?  As a congregation?  What is God’s call in this unique time and will we be able to answer it?  

Who Let You In Here?

Our scripture this week can be jolting to those of us who are especially devoted to that which is “fair.” It invites us to ponder the nature of God’s grace.

Grumblers

Our scripture this week can be jolting to those of us who are especially devoted to that which is “fair.” It invites us to ponder the nature of God’s grace.

Peace with Justice: Association Without Assimilation

Our California-Pacific Annual Conference has developed and shared a worship service that centers our hearts, minds and spirits on the issues of systemic injustice and racism.  While racism is deeply rooted in the history of our country, our culture, our institutions, our churches and our communities, this year has stirred, troubled and, at times, shattered our hearts in unique ways. God calls us to seek what is right and just for all His children; He calls us to a place…

An Eye for An Eye

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?
taking the initiative

Taking The Initiative

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Finding Life

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Solid Enough?

“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks this of his disciples, Simon answers without hesitation, and Jesus names him Peter, his “rock.” In your spiritual journey, have you sensed a “change of name” or a change of identify?

Crossing Boundaries

Our scripture this week is about Jesus and the Canaanite woman, and the walls and boundaries that separated people in Jesus’ day and age.