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The main commandment is not simply about rest. Sabbath is linked to creation, freedom from oppression, and above all God’s authority. In resting from our own work, we are reminded that we are not in control, but that GOD IS! Isn’t that a relief? What’s in your Sabbath?
Part 2 in our Lenten series. God doesn’t tolerate human created images or IDEAS that reduce God to less than God is.
This morning we are beginning a new sermon series I’ll call: “Lenten Take-On’s: The 10 Commandments.” Instead of thinking about what we might consider ‘giving up’ for Lent, how about we think about ‘taking on’ a study of this Biblical Top 10 List! This morning we will think together about the context of the commandments, a potential significance of the order, and the VERY important significance of having no other gods. This series will be dovetail with Sunday Seminar discussions on the 10 commandments as well, as per the request last Spring when we evaluated our programming…and will be an update to ‘upgrade’ our perceptions of those ancient tablets.
Lenten Take-Ons: The 10 Commandments
Part 1: No Other Gods
Introducing Pastor Karen Chamis
Have you ever had a very pressing matter to attend to or discuss with others but you instead find yourself engaged in a 45 minute conversation about what color to paint the bathroom door in the narthex? This in essence is displacement activity. How easy it is for us to get distracted from our central call – to love God with our whole being, and our neighbors as ourselves.
That little conjunction but negates everything that comes before it! When Jesus uses the word BUT here in the sermon on the mount, it is meant to FULFILL what comes before it…(see Matthew 5.17-18) WHICH MEANS…Jesus overturns our commonly held beliefs about what is right and what is wrong and calls us to a more demanding way, a way closer to the will of God
Our beloved member Ann Barnes passed away after 2-1/2 weeks from a diagnosis of cancer. How would you bring your Salt and Light to others if you were told you had 3 weeks to live? Hear our Pastor and congregation as they share their thoughts on this same question.
The way of the world is NOT the way to Christ or the way OF Christ. In the Kingdom of God nothing is really as it seems…and it certainly isn’t as the world likes to think it is!! God’s ways are not…cannot be our ways! The Way is a person and the person is NOT you or me!
It seems like EVERYONE is searching for something (or someone) in this day and time. Maybe it’s always been that way. We are a nation of seekers…groping in the darkness…lost, it seems, more often than not. But Jesus is a seeker too…there is in him this reaching…this seeking for…US! So maybe the long search can be over when we own the reality that here is a Messiah who will end our search when he finds us! Oh, and Messiah will! He just LOVES to seek and save the lost.
We like our worship neat and tidy…sanctuary clean. But from the beginning, when God gave instructions about worship it involved messiness. was messy. So, when John calls out: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” the disciples understood the power of the that image. We still rely on blood.
John 1.29-42 NRSV