Sermons on Matthew
As we celebrate Epiphany, we encounter the curiosity, wonder, and mystery surrounding the Magi’s trip to Bethlehem. What does God give? What will you receive?
It’s Christ the King Sunday, but this king and this kingdom are marked by values that are altogether different.
Our scripture reading today is from the Parable of the Talents. What is it we’ve been given and what is the end result if all we do is keep it safe?
We’re always waiting on something. What does it mean to be prepared? How might Jesus’ words from this quirky and unsettling parable give us guidance, inspiration…perhaps light?
Today is a special day in the life of the Church as we will be celebrating All Saints Sunday! The United Methodist Church understands “saints” in the New Testament sense of the word which includes Christians of all places and times. We remember and honor the saints of our lives, specifically those who have died in this last year. We share the names of beloved church members, family members and friends whom we have lost. We give thanks for all they have shared with us and among us, remembering them with the refrain, “Absent from our midst…present with the Lord.”
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet presents several challenges about what it means to be invited. How do we get ready? What do we wear? Can we help our neighbors?
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.
How many times should we forgive? We all tend to carry baggage related to forgiveness, sometimes hauling it along with us all our lives until it becomes so heavy we just can’t carry it anymore.
As a faith community, we are bound together and address conflict in a different way, taking the initiative to seek genuine reconciliation.
What does it look like for you to “give your life away”? Join us as we reflect on suffering, salvation, and our faith journeys.