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Grumbling and Gratitude

Exodus 16:2-15 and Matthew 20:1-16

Sunday, September 20th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Life is challenging. Often it does not go according to our desires. Frequently, it seems to us that others have an easier path than we do. We are tempted to grumble. When we are challenged, can we learn to practice gratitude?

 

Music: “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard.

Running on Empty

Philippians 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32

Sunday, September 27th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The pattern of Christ is one of emptying and letting go of privilege. We see such a pattern as foolishness. It is the pattern, however, which leads to true life.

The Seduction of Self

Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46

Sunday, October 4th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

In Jesus’ parable, we are no more than tenants of all that God has planted – the world and all that lies within it. We have been seduced by the idea that we are masters of the universe, that we answer to no one but ourselves and our desires. Such an illusion is unsustainable.

Majoring in Minors

Philippians 4:1-9 and Matthew 22:1-14

Sunday, October 11th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

This parable shows how blind we are to the true purpose of our lives, which is about soul work. We major in minors, relegating inner work to the fringes of our lives and spending our energies on things which do not truly count or last.

The Unbearable Weight of Presence

Exodus 33:12-23 and Matthew 22:15-22

Sunday, October 18th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

John Mark Green wrote, “Grief is love’s shadow. The presence of an absence. An unbearable weight of emptiness.” Perhaps we refuse to encounter life’s depths because we fear its ultimate emptiness. The story of Moses suggests that we might not be able to bear the depth of presence. Therefore, we get seduced by lesser gods like power and wealth.

Learning to See the Grandeur

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and Matthew 22:34-46

Sunday, October 25th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Moses caught a glimpse of what his work was leading to. Jesus saw the depths of accepted religious truths which most of us reduce to manageable size, making our lives small in the process.

What Are We Becoming?

1 John 3:1-3 and Matthew 5:1-12

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

These readings point to the nature of our ultimate identity in Christ. Do we find ourselves being led into the qualitied of being of Christlikeness? If not, what changes do we make to more fully embrace our destiny now?

Like Calls to Like

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 and Matthew 25:1-13

Sunday, November 8th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

We are made in the image of God and called to likeness with God. The image is a gift. The likeness is our work and decision and cannot be given without our striving. What stands in the way of our move to likeness with God? What may we need to get to find likeness? What may we need to give up?

Growing the God Gene

Judges 4:1-7 and Matthew 25:14-30

Sunday, November 15th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

If we think of the talents in this parable as our capacity for spiritual sight and wisdom, then it reads as a warning not to bury this capacity. It takes courage and fortitude to grow our spiritual capacity. How are we doing with this?

The Arc of the Moral Universe

Ezekiel 34:11-16 and Matthew 25:31-46

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Is this not what this parable tells us, what the prophet Ezekiel too?

The Cost of Being Called

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Mark 13:24-37

Sunday, November 29th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

We like to think of ourselves as part of those called into God’s fellowship, but the call comes with a cost. It demands a response, a readiness not to coast, not to be unconscious, but always vigilant and awake.

Preparing for God’s Deliverance

Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8

Sunday, December 6th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Both texts sparkle with good news, proclaiming comfort and deliverance from God for us. Now the call for us is to prepare our hearts for this new work of God within and among us.

Preparing for Transformation

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 and John 1:6-8, 19-28

Sunday, December 13th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Again, we hear of the call of John to prepare the way, to witness to the coming light. Paul drives home the implications for us – the transformation of our lives at their core.

God’s Promise and Our Yes

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 and Luke 1:26-38

Sunday, December 20th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

God’s promises are sure, but are fulfilled over a long stretch of time and in unexpected ways. God’s promise requires our trust and welcome and our willingness to give birth to the promise.

The Intimacy of God

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14

Thursday, December 24th, 2020 : 4:00 & 8:30 PM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

At Christmas, our eyes and hearts are opened to see the miracle of life and human birth as tied to the intimate presence of God among us.

The Light That Burns

Galatians 4:4-7 and Luke 2:22-40

Sunday, December 27th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Simeon glories in seeing the Christ child, yet foresees opposition to God’s sign, perhaps because as light he will reveal our hidden inner life. God’s intimate presence is joyous and intimidating.