Today, we begin a 3-week series called “The Fight.” It’s about the struggle to become the person God created, and then saved, you to be. We start today with discovering who we really are. You say you know who you are? Well, the “you” that you are now isn’t the real you. We are both more broken, and more potentially glorious, than we are aware of. How can you discover the real you? You might be surprised. Listen, and discover!
The Book of James is full of instructions for living the Christian life, including the call to be “doers of the word, and not merely hearers…” Pastor Paige shares a story about an unexpected experience when someone was a “doer of the word” on her behalf. But there’s more to being a doer of the word than performing random acts of kindness. It starts with knowing who we are, who we belong to, and what kind of God we have. Only then can we truly live out our faith in ways that bless others and glorify the God who gives us life.
Reformation was pleased to welcome The Rev. Bettye Wolinski (Assistant to the Bishop) as our guest preacher on August 26th. She preached on John 6:56-59, exploring one of the faith’s deepest mysteries.
On this Sunday, Reformation celebrates the 40th ordination anniversary of our Pastor Emeritus, The Rev. John Ranney. You will hear some reference to this in Pastor Eric’s sermon on John 6:24-35, where we explore the question, “how do we align our lives with the purposes of God?” The message includes what it looks like to live our our faith in our daily routines, Jesus as the bread of life, saying no to “empty spiritual calories,” and, of course, plate tectonics. Because why shouldn’t science help us understand faith?
A large crowd of people is following Jesus, and there is no food for them to eat. Jesus poses a tough question to his disciples, “where will we find bread for these people to eat?” For the disciples, the situation seems impossible. But Jesus knows what he is going to do. In this sermon on the feeding of the 5,000 from John 6:1-21, Pastor Paige asks listeners to consider what they are hungry for, and how Jesus can surprise us with his power to create an abundance when all we see is scarcity.