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Sunday’s Sermon: December 9, 2018, Advent II

…from Worship at Good Sam on December 9, 2018/Advent II

Lessons: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6

Sermon: “Stir Up Our Hearts”

Prayer: Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: December 2, 2018, Advent I

…from Worship at Good Sam on December 2, 2018/Advent 1

Lessons: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36

Sermon: “Fulfillment of the Promise”

Prayer: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: November 25, 2018, Christ the King Sunday

…from Worship at Good Sam on November 25, 2018/Christ the King Sunday

Lessons: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:46-8, John 18:33-37

Sermon: “Knowing vs Understanding:  a Revelation”

Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: November 18, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on November 18, 2018

Lessons: Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8

Sermon: “Like a New Day, Dawning”

Prayer: Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Consecration Sunday Sermon: November 4, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on November 4, 2018, Consecration Sunday

Lessons: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, Psalm 24, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, Mark 4:30-32

Sermon: “Small is Big” Preacher: Rev. Phil Hirsch

Prayer: Almighty God, you have caused us to come to faith and have not failed to bring to light the risen life of Jesus through our lives. We rise to welcome your love, to  grow into its fullness and share its gifts to all whom our lives touch. Sustain us to these ends through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: November 11, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on November 11, 2018

Lessons: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44

Sermon: “Living in the Hand of God” 

Prayer: O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: October 28, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on October 28, 2018, Reformation Sunday

Lessons: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36

Sermon: “Faith and CHANGE”

Prayer: Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

October Highlights

Good Sam Happenings 

October 7  [Sunday Theme] Fall Focus:  Finding our Neighbors “Building a Conversation”

October 14 [Sunday Theme] Fall Focus:  Finding our Neighbors “What Will You Live For: Giving It Voice”

October 21 [Sunday Theme] Fall Focus:  Finding our Neighbors “What Will “Finding Our Neighbors” mean for Good Sam and You?”

October 28 [Sunday Theme] Reformation Sunday “Faith and CHANGE”

 

 

Fall Focus 2018: Finding Our Neighbors (Week 1)

Radical Hospitality for the Rest of Us

Scripture Readings:  Hebrews 13, Romans 12, Luke 14

The Good News is that the Gospel of Jesus is alive and coming to us from others – and coming from us to others! The life of Jesus is bridging us to paths of hope and life giving acceptance that happen when God’s hospitality opens our hearts and engages our lives.

Today we welcome just a few of the people who are finding life and hope among us.  They bring with them an invitation to see what God is doing in the world and to welcome it into our hearts and into our lives as well.  This is the heart of Radical Hospitality.  It is a primary by-product of being made new in Christ.

Finding our Neighbors is about opening our hearts and our lives to God’s Hospitality, where we learn to open our lives newly and creatively to people God’s bring to us along our Journey of Faith.  This is what we mean by “Finding our Neighbors.”   It is a work of God, opening our lives and the lives of others as the life of Christ is poured out into our lives and into our community life, through God’s love and mercy.

Today, I want to share with you a vision for and seven signs of Radical Hospitality as God opens us to God’s work right here were we live.  They are called:  Radical Hospitality for the Rest of Us.

When we practice Radical Hospitality, two things happen.   First, those we welcome begin to experience the radical “Welcome” of God among us.  And second, we each on our own experience a participation in what God is doing and a liberation from our self-preoccupation.  The liberation that learning to practice Radical Hospitality wherever we go, is a liberation for us and our lives.  Liberation is what happens for all of us as God’s Radical Hospitality is accepted and shared.    This is “Finding Our Neighbors.”

It is a powerful way to live.  It is God’s way with us.  It is life giving for those who practice it and for those who receive it.

 

Sunday’s Sermon: September 16, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on September 16, 2018, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9,Psalm 116:1-9, James 3:1-12,Mark 8:27-38 

Sermon: “Hold the Tongue, Reserve Judgement and Wait on the Lord”

Prayer: O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

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