S14-2014-Contemp-Sermon

September 2015

Living Sacrifices

Christ sacrificed his life so we can become living sacrifices, saved by God’s mercy, transformed by God’s truth, and serving with God’s gifts to make a difference in the world. We’ll celebrate God’s love, reflect on our lives, and proclaim Christ’s death through Communion together.




August 2015

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one aspect of our lives which we all desire, yet many of us find it difficult to afford others such opportunity. Jesus charged His listeners to “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31). Also, when asked how many times one could forgive the other person, Jesus answered “…Seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:22). We will look at the place of forgiveness in our lives as Christians, by briefly going through some of teachings about forgiveness in the Old and New Testament.




Campus Ministry Sunday

We’re blessed to have five of the campus ministers among our church community leading worship this Sunday. Elizabeth Booher serves with InterVarsity at Smith College and UMass. Rachel Dean ministers to athletes at Mt. Holyoke and Smith College. Nate Daman and Mary Campbell guide The Navigators ministry at UMass. Alison Raskin serves with FOCUS on prep school campuses around New England.




God’s Wisdom for Relationships

We have explored themes from the Book of Proverbs throughout the summer. This Sunday we will walk through Proverbs 25 to receive God’s wisdom about relationships: relating to authority, relating to our neighbors, having boundaries & balance, and handling conflict.




Conquering Challenges

During “Everest” VBS this week, children and volunteers have been learning about conquering challenges with God’s mighty power, through the experiences of people in the Bible. Sometimes our own challenges feel like Mt. Everest in front of us! Medical illness. Loneliness. Depression. Job stress. Feelings of failure. Sinful temptations. We’ll explore how God ministered to Elijah when he felt overwhelmed and gave up on life.




God’s Wisdom about Youngin’s

When we look at the Proverbs, we find wisdom on innumerable topics – but to what end? Interestingly, one of the big reasons for Proverbs’ existence is providing guidance to younger generations. How are we called, as the church, to invest in young people? What unique challenges do children and youth face, and what does God envision for our faithful response?




July 2015

God’s Wisdom about Justice

Our world is filled with injustice that breaks our hearts like chronic poverty, human trafficking, racial discrimination, religious violence, environmental pollution, and more. What does God have to say about injustice? Imagine if God’s people around the world took action and generously sacrificed resources to advance God’s justice! We’ll explore God’s heart for the poor and God’s wisdom to make a difference. Proverbs 29:1-7




Decisions

For thousands of years people have received wisdom from Proverbs to form more godly character and guide their lives. This summer we will explore practical themes from Proverbs to seek God’s wisdom about discerning God’s will, making wise decisions, managing finances, protecting against temptation, repairing broken relationships, addressing anger, developing discipline, advancing social justice, etc. Come grow spiritually through the ancient wisdom of Proverbs that has stood the test of time.




God’s Wisdom for Families

This Sunday is our 29th wedding anniversary. Carolyn and I share Christian faith at the center of our relationship, but differences in just about everything else like family of origin, personality traits, communication styles, decision-making processes, etc. So we’ve worked diligently to grow in our marriage and establish our family. This Sunday we’ll explore God’s wisdom in Proverbs about families that also applies to every relationship in our lives.




God’s Wisdom for Anger

Uncontrolled anger can tragically damage people, destroy relationships, and define our character. We’ll explore the wisdom of Proverbs to discern why we get angry and how we can resolve anger issues in our lives. We can prepare for the message by reading Proverbs 12:18, 14:17, 15:1, 24:29, 29:22, 30:33.