July 7th, Tuesday, we will be meeting at the Church at 9:00 am to prepare the side dishes for the Fair. This will include the pasta salads and the cucumber & onion salads and others. It should take about two hours. All are welcome to come and help. You may call the office, 540-6161, and let us know if you will be able to come or sign up on the table in the fellowship hall.
Lem’s Sermon Notes
July 6 Pentecost 6B
The sermon for this first Sunday in July does not really coincide with the United States’ Independence Day celebration – at least not directly.
Some may think it a bit of a stretch, but I do see a correlation between the text and the holiday. To see this relationship, one must look very closely at the text – especially the last section.
But first, let’s look at the first section (Mark 6:1-5). This account can stand on its own in many ways. Jesus is found teaching in his ‘hometown’ Synagogue. It is obvious the people there are not particularly interested in what he has to say. Instead, they are more interested in the fact he is related to local people, and he seems to have stirred up several faith communities in the area. Also, Jesus finds he can do little in the way of healing the sick because of a lack faith among them.
Jesus quickly finds that if he is to complete his mission on earth, it cannot be done amongst the people he grew up with.
In the second section of this Sunday’s text, we find Jesus sending out his followers in twos. They are to travel as strangers. They are to go with just the clothes on their backs, and to take no money of provisions with them. In the culture of his day, such a traveler would be taken in and cared for for about 72 hours. During that time, they would be given a place to sleep, food and, perhaps, fresh clothing – that is if the hosts were respecters of the ancient Bedouin customs.
The correlation between these texts and United States Independence Day celebrations goes to the roots of who the people were that made up the new country who sought a new direction that day in 1776. These were a people who had, for the most part, been exiled from Europe. Others had left the ‘homelands’ because they were not comfortable with the old ways.
Independence Day for the United States marks the day a displaced people stopped being pushed around by powers who had no interest in their wellbeing. The text in Mark, marks (no pun intended) the time Jesus decided the message God had given him to give to the world could not be dictated by the ‘powers of his day,’ but had to be done by taking directly to the people on the streets. The Word had to be spread and carried by its own weight.
But, those are accounts of battles passed.
Is there anything in the text for us in our lives today?
We, the people of the United States are the fourth and fifth of those who fought the bloody battles. Even though the US’s history was not exactly peaceful and without conflict in the interceding years, the battle seems to have been won. So what is the message from the Revolution in 1776, and Jesus sending out God’s revolutionary Word say to us today?
Come Sunday and find out. (Maybe, through my research, I can find some of the answers.)
Sermons for the Next Four Weeks
July 12 Already Chosen Ephesians 1:1-14 Pentecost 7B
July 19 Youth Sunday? DOC General Assembly in Columbus, OH
July 26 Pastor on Vacation
Aug 2 Coming Together Ephesians 4:1-16 Pentecost 10B
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To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ; To provide opportunities for: worship, prayer and praise of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit - open communion with the community of believers - study of God's word and growth in Christian education for all ages - fellowship within the congregation to strengthen communication, friendship and unity of membership; To reach out to others through prayer, financial support, action and service within the church family, in the community of Cheney, and beyond the local church into the region and conference, nation and all of God's world; To continue witnessing a nurturing partnership between DOC and UCC within the local church and through support of and involvement in both denominations in all levels and areas of concern.