Sermons

Feb 4 – Celebration of Holy Communion

I Chronicles 29: 1-13; Matthew 25: 14-29

Gifts: “The Joy of Giving”

 

Feb 11 – Transfiguration Sunday

We remember how Jesus was transfigured before some of his disciples on a mountain before he began the journey to Jerusalem and the Cross and we begin the journey of Lent.

II Kings 2: 1-18; Mark 9: 2-9

Presence: “Just Being There”

 

Feb 14 – Ash Wednesay, St. Valentine’s Day

 

Feb 18 – First Sunday in Lent

 

Mar 4 – 3rd Sun in Lent

Exodus 20: 1-17; I Corinthians 1: 18-25

“Serial Defaults”

Would you lend money to someone who defaulted on one loan after another?!

We break God’s Commandments and God doesn’t say it doesn’t matter but still loves us and gives us another chance. This is divine foolishness!

 

Mar 11 – 4th Sun in Lent; UMCOR Sunday; Girl Scout Sunday

Ephesians 2: 1-10; John 3: 14-17

“Unbreakable Love”

God, in Christ, lives the life we cannot. Faith in Christ is unbreakable because it depends not on us but on God’s perfect, unbreakable love. God brings us over from death to new life.

 

Mar 18 – 5th Sun in Lent

Jeremiah 31: 31-34; John 12: 20-32

“God is in Love!”

God is hopelessly in love with us! Nothing else can explain the fierce reaction of God to sin and the extent to which God goes to set things right. So the goal of our faith is not to make us fall in line but to fall in love.

 

Mar 25 – Palm-Passion Sunday

Mark 11: 1-11; Philippians 2: 5-11

“A Third Way”

The people saw Jesus as the ruler come to throw off the shackles of Rome and restore the Davidic kingdom. The Romans saw Jesus as an insurrectionist. Jesus came for neither purpose but a third way. He confronts the assumptions inherent in our expectations.

 

Mar 30 – Good Friday

--Way of the Cross – Noon at David Craig Park – sponsored by Susquehanna Minsterium; we process the Cross through the city stopping at key locations to meditate, pray and sing thereby taking our faith into the public arena

--Tenebrae (Service of Shadows) and The Lord’s Supper – 7 PM in the Sanctuary; we remember The Last Supper and the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion by hearing again the Passion of Christ.

 

April 1 – First Sunday of Easter: The Festival of the Resurrection

-Sunrise Service – 6:30 AM at Tydings Park

-Informal Worship – 8:15 AM*

-Praise Service – 9:45 AM*

-Traditional Worship – 11 AM*

-Worship at Citizens Care Nursing Center – 2:30 PM*

*Holy Communion will celebrated