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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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Sunday, January 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Second Sunday after Epiphany

Scriptures include: Psalm 40:1-11 and John 1:29-42

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Come and See”

In our Gospel lesson, we read that the disciples, recognizing Christ for who he was after his baptism, are overwhelmed by the Good News that the Messiah has come. The message spreads through relationships between people who have been following John as a prophet that this Jesus has been named and commissioned in his baptism – the savior is here!

Sharing our faith isn’t always easy like it was then. Perhaps that’s because “evangelism” has become a dirty word in some circles. It just feels…inauthentic. But maybe we’ve just been doing it wrong and need to reclaim *relationship* as our primary mode of sharing this Good News. After all, Jesus said, “come and see,” inviting others to his place of abode. He didn’t intimidate or litter their car with tracts. He invited them to come and see the place where Christ abides – the place of hope and grace that will forever change our very being.  

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:00 AM
Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Scriptures include: Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-17

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Baptismal Grace”

Baptists get their name from John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, the prophet who foretold Christ’s coming, and the one who baptized Jesus at the start of his ministry. Baptism is one of two holy ordinances we observe, alongside Holy Communion. We believe baptism to be central to the life of Christians everywhere. What I think we lose in our practice of baptism sometimes is God’s grace that we receive through the watery commissioning we accept through this rite. It is not simply our *decision* that God blesses through our baptism, it is our very *nature* as a child of God. Christ became one of us, was baptized, and we too now follow in his footsteps. And God says to Jesus – and to us – that we are beloved. What a gift of grace – and what an opportunity to live into that grace and share it as we embody the name Baptist through our living as if our baptism matters, each and every day!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:00 AM
Epiphany Sunday

Scriptures include: Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “A Tale of Fear and Wonder”

From the East, magi came to see this small child promised to bring a new kind of kingdom. Strangers entered the land where those in power were afraid of this prophetic moment. But the strangers, the foreigners, were not afraid. They brought a wisdom we all can learn from: they came to pay homage, to bow down. They knew what so many didn’t – that despite how different this king was, this new era, this small child, was someone to whom we should be paying homage. In an age of terror and tension, there is wonder and worship here. Perhaps we can take our cues from the magi and find wonder and worship in our time, too.

Our art for this Sunday was created by Baptist Minister Suzanne L. Vinson. You can find more of her work at Silver Tree Art.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

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Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:00 AM
First Sunday after Christmas

Scriptures include: Psalm 148 and Isaiah 63:7-9

Rev. Dr. Dennis Knight will preach a sermon entitled “Living on this Side of Christmas”

Our art for this Sunday was created by Baptist Minister Suzanne L. Vinson. You can find more of her work at Silver Tree Art.

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