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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
John 9:1-17; John 9:24-41
A reading from the Gospel of John As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man …
UPC Summer Sermon Series
Trilogy of Prayer May 29-June 12
Practicing Sabbath June 26-August 14
This is the time of year in the liturgy when we find ourselves both remembering the past and looking into the future. In the journey from Advent through Easter, we have been formed around the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We look back on the joy of Christmastide, the discipline and prayerfulness of Lent, the anguish of the crucifixion, and the Hallelujahs of Easter and give thanks for this ancient story that provides meaning to our lives and for our world.
Now we move out of the festival seasons of Eastertide and Pentecost, and we, like those earliest disciples, turn our eyes from the past toward the future. Having heard the Good News proclaimed to us and been assured of the Holy Spirit’s presence with the church of Jesus Christ, we now embrace the future of living into this message of hope and love out into the world.
During Ordinary Time, we reflect on what God is calling us to do in this world. We take mission trips, grow through Vacation Bible School and Supper & Substance events, spend time with our families, and enjoy the world God has given us. This summer, we will also be reflecting on the ways Christians are called to participate in the re-creation of the world; bringing God’s love to all people and living with justice, kindness, and joy. In the act of recreation, we partner with God to bring the new creation into being; a world where the hungry are fed, the thirsty given water, the naked clothed, the downtrodden lifted up, the oppressed given voice and freedom. Sometimes, we are the hungry and thirsty ones, starving for re-creation. Sometimes, it is others in need of re-creation, and our hearts are moved to compassion. Re-creation is our way of living into the Gospel story.
Our summer sermon series focuses on three aspects of re-creation.
We begin with a trilogy of prayer, and how the discipline of listening and being in relationship with God has the ability to bring about re-creation. Next, we explore the practice of Sabbath and how making space for holy time with God, family, self, and community has the power of reshaping our lives. Finally, we envision a re-created world, and how our lives and our church are called to live into the future God has in store for us.
We hope you and your family (and friends!) will continue to join us in worship as we explore this theme of re-creation. There will also be several opportunities for recreation with your church family throughout the summer, including events in the courtyard, a family night at the ballpark, and more! So together, let us partner with God
as we work for the re-creation of the world, through Christ Jesus