Boot Camp for the Soul
On this Fifth Sunday in Lent, we deal with themes of death and resurrection, an appropriate topic since the celebration of Resurrection Sunday is only 2 weeks away! Our scriptures are: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John 11:1-45. We joyfully welcomed Beverly Capps back to church following a long illness and we welcomed Liz Jones as a new member at McFarland by transfer of letter from Jones Memorial UMC in East Ridge. Holy Week services are as follows:Sunday,…
The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A:1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41 When we encounter God, we find our lives changed. The encounter redefines who we are in relation to whose we are.
Water is essential to our daily living. We can fast from food for some time, but we cannot fast from water for more than a day or two. On this third Sunday in Lent our theme is water. From the water that Moses provides to the stick-necked people of Israel to the living water that Jesus offer to the Samarian woman at the well.
This is the second sermon in our lectionary series for Lent, Boot Camp for the Soul. Looking at the text primarily from John 3:1-17, we see that transformation is at the heart of discipleship.
Change is everywhere. It is part of growth. It is foundational to life. However, we resist change. This sermon opens a second attempt at a sermon series, “Boot Camp for the Soul.” The first attempt was interrupted by the COVID-19 lockdowns. Lent is a time to examine who we are in light of whose we are. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter. Join us as we explore together.
Our Scriptures this morning from Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42 have to do with water. In Exodus, the water is necessary for life. In John, the water is necessary for living life abundantly. The water is living water that goes beyond the need for sustenance. This morning, we don’t offer a recording of the sermon. Because of the Coronavirus scare, we offer a video of the modified Morning Prayer and Praise service that we conducted this morning with no congregation.…
What does it mean to be “born again?” What does it mean to trust completely in God’s work in our life? How does this concept of being “born again” mean that we give up our control issues, let go and let God be in control? Join us as Pastor Wayne explores Nicodemus and his in the night encounter with Jesus found in John 3:1-17.
This morning we start a new sermon series for Lent that we are calling “Boot Camp for the Soul.” Boot camp devalues the “I” while emphasizing the “we.” Lent is like bootcamp in that it helps us to see the need for change in our life and our relationships. Join Pastor Wayne as he helps us understand the need for change as we explore Matthew 4:1-11.