Category Archives: Weekly Meditations

Contribute to the Needs of the Saints

One of the things that happens when preaching a series of sermons on an extended portion of scripture is that the topics and themes that emerge don’t always correspond exactly with other aspects of the church calendar.  This is such a time.  Normally we focus on stewardship and giving during the annual fall stewardship campaign, but we know that stewardship is a year-round commitment and that needs can and do emerge at any time.    This week our study of Living a Transformed Life according to Romans 12 admonishes us to “contribute to the needs of the saints.” (Romans 12:13a)  In 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Paul describes a specific situation of need and encourages the Corinthians to contribute as they are able.   Paul knows that mutual giving and sharing have a transformative effect, not only for those who receive, but for those who give.   May we experience the joy of giving!

peace, Ernie

Summer Sermon Series Schedule:

June 6 – Living a Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

June 13 – Humility and Giftedness (Romans 12:3-8)

June 20 – Genuine Love (Romans 12:9-10)

June 27 – Keep the Fire Burning (Romans 12:11)

July 4 – Tools for Tough Times (Romans 12:12)

July 11 – Contribute to the Needs of the Saints (Romans 12:13a)

July 18 – Welcoming Strangers (Romans 12:13b)

July 25 – Blessing our Enemies (Romans 12:14)

Aug 1 – Rejoicing and Weeping Together (Romans 12:15)

Aug 8 – Peace and Harmony, If Possible (Romans 12:16-18)

Aug 15 – Overcoming Evil with Good (Romans 12:19-21)

Tools for Tough Times

This Sunday we continue our summer sermon series Living a Transformed Life according to Romans 12 with v. 12.  Here the apostle highlights some essential Tools for Tough Times – hope, patience, and prayer.  These three work together to enable us to survive and even thrive during these challenging times in our life.

peace, Ernie

p.s. We will celebrate communion this Sunday in our sanctuary for the first time since March 2020.

Summer Sermon Series Schedule:

June 6 – Living a Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

June 13 – Humility and Giftedness (Romans 12:3-8)

June 20 – Genuine Love (Romans 12:9-10)

June 27 – Keep the Fire Burning (Romans 12:11)

July 4 – Tools for Tough Times (Romans 12:12)

July 11 – Contribute to the Needs of the Saints (Romans 12:13a)

July 18 – Welcoming Strangers (Romans 12:13b)

July 25 – Blessing our Enemies (Romans 12:14)

Aug 1 – Rejoicing and Weeping Together (Romans 12:15)

Aug 8 – Peace and Harmony, If Possible (Romans 12:16-18)

Aug 15 – Overcoming Evil with Good (Romans 12:19-21)

 

Keep The Fire Burning

This Sunday we continue our summer sermon series Living a Transformed Life according to Romans 12 with v. 11.  What is zeal and why do we need it?  What does it mean to “be ardent in Spirit”?  How do we serve the Lord?  My message is titled, Keep the Fire Burning.

peace, Ernie

Genuine Love

Let love be genuine;” the apostle Paul writes.  “Hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.”  (Romans 12:9-10)   At the heart of Living a Transformed Life is love, genuine love, the real deal.  This Sunday we will compare and contrast genuine love with various counterfeits.  May God grant us hearts overflowing with genuine love for one another.

peace, Ernie

Summer Sermon Series Schedule:

June 6 – Living a Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

June 13 – Humility and Giftedness (Romans 12:3-8)

June 20 – Genuine Love (Romans 12:9-10)

June 27 – Keep the Fire Burning (Romans 12:11)

July 4 – Tools for Tough Times (Romans 12:12)

July 11 – Contribute to the Needs of the Saints (Romans 12:13a)

July 18 – Welcoming Strangers (Romans 12:13b)

July 25 – Blessing our Enemies (Romans 12:14)

Aug 1 – Rejoicing and Weeping Together (Romans 12:15)

Aug 8 – Peace and Harmony, If Possible (Romans 12:16-18)

Aug 15 – Overcoming Evil with Good (Romans 12:19-21)

Humility and Giftedness

After entreating us in vv 1-2 to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices so that we may resist conformity and begin to live a transformed life, the apostle Paul tells us to think of ourselves with “sober judgment”, with humility.  This involves seeing ourselves from God’s perspective and as part of a larger whole, the Body of Christ in the world.  “Humility is not thinking less of yourself.  It is thinking of yourself less.”  With humility we are set free to use the particular gifts that God has given each of us in the service of Christ and God’s Kingdom.  May God grant each of us this empowering humility!

peace, Ernie

Summer Sermon Series Schedule:

June 6 – Living a Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

June 13 – Humility and Giftedness (Romans 12:3-8)

June 20 – Genuine Love (Romans 12:9-10)

June 27 – Keep the Fire Burning (Romans 12:11)

July 4 – Tools for Tough Times (Romans 12:12)

July 11 – Contribute to the Needs of the Saints (Romans 12:13a)

July 18 – Welcoming Strangers (Romans 12:13b)

July 25 – Blessing our Enemies (Romans 12:14)

Aug 1 – Rejoicing and Weeping Together (Romans 12:15)

Aug 8 – Peace and Harmony, If Possible (Romans 12:16-18)

Aug 15 – Overcoming Evil with Good (Romans 12:19-21)

Living a Transformed Life

 

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series titled Living a Transformed Life.  Over the next eleven weeks guided by Romans, chapter 12, we will explore both the means of transformation God offers us through Christ and what a transformed life looks like.  “Do not be conformed to this world,” the apostle Paul advises, but instead, offer yourselves to God to “be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2).  As we emerge from this time of pandemic, it is important to remind ourselves that God wants more for us than mere survival.  God wants us to thrive to serve as the living body of Christ in the world. Romans chapter 12 gives us some specific guidance on just how to do that.

peace, Ernie

 

Summer Sermon Series Schedule:

June 6 – Living a Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

June 13 – Humility and Giftedness (Romans 12:3-8)

June 20 – Genuine Love (Romans 12:9-10)

June 27 – Keep the Fire Burning (Romans 12:11)

July 4 – Tools for Tough Times (Romans 12:12)

July 11 – Contribute to the Needs of the Saints (Romans 12:13a)

July 18 – Welcoming Strangers (Romans 12:13b)

July 25 – Blessing our Enemies (Romans 12:14)

Aug 1 – Rejoicing and Weeping Together (Romans 12:15)

Aug 8 – Peace and Harmony, If Possible (Romans 12:16-18)

Aug 15 – Overcoming Evil with Good (Romans 12:19-21)

Trinity Sunday – Living Within the Love of God

This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday on the church’s liturgical calendar.  While there are people who don’t think the doctrine of the Trinity is very important, I don’t agree.   While a developed doctrine of the Trinity is not found in the Bible, passages such as John 14:8-21 speak of the special relationship between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This passage provides us a window into the inner life of God, which is love.  In my message, The Trinity – Living Within the Love of God, I will share with you where the doctrine of the Trinity comes from, and why it is important for our lives and world.  We come from love; we are made for love; and a life of love is our destiny.

peace, Ernie

The REIGNING CHRIST

This week we conclude our Easter sermon series on the resurrection appearances of Jesus with the Apostle Paul’s important discussion of the resurrection and why it matters in 1 Corinthians 15.   My message is titled, The Reigning Christ.  While you are welcome to read and ponder the whole chapter, we will focus on verses 1-14, 19-26, and 51-57.  What difference does the resurrection make in your life?

peace, Ernie

Called and Sent by the Risen Christ

This week we look at the dramatic appearance of the Risen Jesus to Saul on the road to Damascus.  As a result of that life-changing encounter, Saul the persecutor of the Christian church became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.  This story is so important that Luke recounts it three times in the book of Acts (Acts 9, Acts 22, and Acts 26).  We will focus on the version in Acts 22:1-21.  Even though Jesus is no longer with us in his physical body, he still appears as he chooses to guide us in his Way, and to help us live out our personal calling.

peace, Ernie

Jesus’ Final Instructions

This Sunday we continue our study of the resurrection appearances of Jesus with his final appearance and instructions to his disciples in Luke 24:36-53 before ascending into the heavens.  This passage emphasizes important themes that changed his disciples and empowered them to share his good news with the world.  May God grant us knowledge of the divine will for our lives and the power to live it.

peace, Ernie