Church to Go for September 10, 2017: Romans 12:1-21

Reading: Romans 12:1-21

Commentary:
– Paul reminds the Roman church how to be Christian community: “let love be genuine.”
– Paul uses the same “one body” metaphor as in 1 Corinthians 12:4-31.
– What do you think happens if we don’t live up to everything on Paul’s list?
– Sept 10 is our Day of Service. Come ready to work!
* Quilt tying
* Kitchen cleaning
* Garden weeding
* Trash pickup
* Chair cleaning
How does our work fulfill Paul’s list?

 

Bring your thoughts, questions, and work gloves this Sunday!
It’s our Day of Service!

 

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Church to Go for September 3, 2017: Romans 8:18-39

Reading: Romans 8:18-39

Commentary:
– Paul names the struggles of the early church and asks: what does our suffering say about God?
– Paul didn’t start this Roman church, but he has many friends there (Romans 16:1-16) and intends to visit soon.
– Have you faced suffering and still felt that God was with you? What happened?
– This letter is Paul’s longest and most dense theologically. Most Bibles list it first, but scholars think it was written last.
– If you wrote your “magnus opus,” what would it be about? Would you want it presented first, or at the end of everything you’ve done?
– When a reading is very dense, interpretation can help. Try reading The Message version of this passage (free online at biblegateway.com).

 

Hear Pastor Emmy’s “improv” sermon based on questions from the congregation:

 

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Church to Go for August 27, 2017: Ephesians 5:21-6:17

Reading: Ephesians 5:21-6:17

Commentary:
– After summarizing the message of the gospel and the importance of unity, Paul gives special instructions: “Wives, be subject to your husbands”; “Slaves, obey your earthly masters”; “Children, obey your parents”; “Put on the whole armor of God.”
– Why do you think Paul addressed these specific groups?
– Unlike in other letters, Paul does not address any specific individuals or local issues.
– These verses have been used in bad ways — like to support slavery or abuse. How do we listen to Bible stories that are hard to hear?
– When you imagine “the armor of God” what does it look like?

 

Hear Pastor Emmy’s “improv” sermon based on questions from the congregation:

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Church to Go for August 20, 2017: Philippians 2:1-11

Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Commentary:
– Paul offers the Philippians a vision of Christ: not powerful but humble.
– Paul is writing from prison (Philippians 1:12-14) to urge the church to be unified and to serve each other.
– Where do you see God at work (verse 13) in you? in others? in our church?
– What do you think Paul is trying to say about Jesus and about what that means for us?
– Many scholars think Philippians 2:6-11 is a quote from an existing hymn at that time.
– What are some of your favorite hymns? What do they say about Jesus?

 

Listen to Pastor Emmy’s improv sermon based on worship participants’ questions and favorite hymns:

 

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Church to Go for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Reading for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Commentary:

– Paul speaks with vehemence to the Galatian church: “WHY are you ABANDONING the GOSPEL?!”

– It seems Paul started a church and then other Christians came in to say “you must also be circumsized” — and Paul is furious.

– Paul is less concerned with the physical act of circumcision and more with how relying on the law undermines the gospel.

– When have you shared something important and found out that it was misunderstood or misused?

– In this letter Paul goes back and forth between anger and compassion.

– How do we know if or when anger is the “right” answer?

 

Listen to the improv sermon based on this story & the congregation’s questions:

Closing litany written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawling & Rev. Jennifer Chrien.

 

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