Catch Up or Listen Again
Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Lent
Scriptures include: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “A Wilderness Path of Righteousness”
God’s mission for humankind was begun in the garden – to be in relationship to God and to do God’s work in this world. But we become distracted and lose sight of that focus, instead latching on to promises of power that harm our souls. Jesus in his temptations shows us another way – while we may never achieve the perfect reaction to temptation like Jesus, even in the midst of brokenness and temptation in this world, we can return to the path of righteousness. That’s what Lent calls us to do – open our souls to forgiveness for when we have failed and given in to temptation, then walk alongside Jesus in the wilderness, staying on the path of love, despite our surroundings.
Scriptures include: Psalm 51:1-17 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Dr. Grammer will offer a meditation on the season of Lent and how it has the ability to change our perspective so that we can live into the reality of a closer walk with God for the rest of the year.
Join us as we prepare our hearts to walk alongside Jesus in this season of growth, as we head toward the cross, and ultimately, to Easter morning.
Lenten 40 day prayer guides will be available to pick up in the Narthex on Sunday, February 23rd, and in the chapel entryway on Ash Wednesday.
Join Us for a Service of Worship
Scriptures include: 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9
Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus asks his disciples this question, and it takes quite some time before they begin to figure out the answer. Transfiguration of Christ Sunday is an opportunity to remember the very nature of the One we worship. As both a historical person of the first century and the transfigured Holy One on the mountain, we worship someone who is both Christ of history and Christ of faith. This both-and nature means that we can see our own humanity in the person of Jesus, even as we see our reflected image of God in the holiness of his divinity. As we end the season of Epiphany, we are enlightened once again to all Christ’s life, death, and resurrection mean. And, we ready ourselves as Christ did for what is to come as we face the season of Lent, the struggle and pain of Holy Week, and ultimately the power and hope of Easter morning.
Join Us for a Service of Worship
Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:00 AM
Scriptures include: Psalm 119:1-8 and Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Visiting Preacher Rev. Brian Harrington from Starling Avenue Baptist Church will preach a sermon entitled “Serving Other Gods?”
The writer of Deuteronomy tells us that God has set before us the possibility of life and prosperity or death and adversity, and to choose life we simply need to walk in the way of God. Simply? Of course, any of us who have more than a few years of life experience know that following in the way of God is no simple matter. We all have so many competing interests (gods?) in our lives that steal our attention away from what is most important, following God into the ways of justice and peace. Perhaps, if we continue to reorient ourselves to what matters most, then we can live into who God created and called us to be and experience for ourselves and our world the fullness of life that Jesus promised to us.
Rev. Brian Harrington and his wife Rev. Ashley Gill Harrington are the Co-Pastors of our sister church in Martinsville, Starling Avenue Baptist Church. Brian and Ashley began their ministry at SABC in April 2016. Brian grew up in North Carolina where he attended Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and Duke Divinity School (Durham, North Carolina). He is currently completing work on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served and supported churches in North Carolina and Florida as well as spent nearly a year serving in West Asia. Brian and Ashley have a three year-old daughter, Zoë, and a rescue dog named Gracie. He enjoys watching and attending sporting events, seeing plays and musicals, and traveling.