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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 17, 2021

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

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Scripture includes: Mark 10:35-45

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “What Does Success Look Like?”

The “payoff” for discipleship / following Jesus doesn’t look like the successes we expect to see in a kingdom. In answering the question posed by James and John in our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus reminds us that success in the Kingdom of God isn’t determined by the kind of prestige we expect – it might even look like defeat to the rest of the world (think: the two on the right and left of Jesus were thieves hung on crosses). How can we adjust our own vision and expectations about success as modern-day disciples?

 

This is the season after Pentecost in the Christian year. Having celebrated the “birthday of the church” through the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, we enter the Season after Pentecost for 24 weeks, to celebrate the existence of the church and recall her mission in the world. The liturgical color for the season is green, symbolic of the church’s growth and mission. 

Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church in 2021, whether in-person or online here – or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to minister through in-person and virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 10, 2021

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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Scripture includes: Mark 10:17-31

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “The Wrong Question”

When we have all we need physically, it can be easy to get stuck on questions of our own place in God’s eternal future. But life in the Kingdom of God, as Jesus reminds us, is about transformation and character change, especially as it relates to the care and love of others. Jesus says we are asking the wrong question – We should not be asking with the rich man in our passage “how do I inherit eternal life?” But instead we should be asking, “how do I live in the Kingdom of God?”

 

This is the season after Pentecost in the Christian year. Having celebrated the “birthday of the church” through the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, we enter the Season after Pentecost for 24 weeks, to celebrate the existence of the church and recall her mission in the world. The liturgical color for the season is green, symbolic of the church’s growth and mission. 

Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church in 2021, whether in-person or online here – or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to minister through in-person and virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

World Communion Sunday, October 3, 2021

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

World Communion Sunday

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Cover Art for Today’s Bulletin is from Jan Richardson, an artist creating images for worship, contemplation, and education. See more of her work on her website at: https://janrichardsonimages.com

Scripture includes: Psalm 8 and Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “But First, Jesus

Our passage from the Book of Hebrews this week reminds us that whatever else might separate us, what draws us together is following Jesus. From many cultures and many backgrounds, we recognize together that this person, this human-yet-divine person, came to embody both “glory and humiliation, power and suffering, authority and servanthood, radical grace and radical obedience” for our sakes. A cosmic God has come to us to be one of us, to share in our lives – including the suffering. We can rejoice in a God who chooses to be with us – and learn to rejoice that all people are brought to this table of grace to meet this loving and powerful God incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Today is World Communion Sunday, which is observed annually on the first Sunday in October. In a time when fear and violence divide the people of God’s earth, World Communion Sunday reminds us of our unity through Christ. Christians in congregations around the world are participating in communion today, and First Baptist Church joins our brothers and sisters in all nations as we gather around the table to remember Christ’s sacrifice.

Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church in 2021, whether in-person or online here – or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to minister through in-person and virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2021

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Scripture includes: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

Rev. Dr. Libby Grammer will preach a sermon entitled, “Give Us Courage

It can be difficult to say what needs to be said, to stand up for the marginalized, to give voice to the voiceless. The story of Esther reminds us, though, that when the going gets tough, the faithful get going. Esther is a woman in a precarious position, but she’s a woman who takes on a challenge to save her people. Perhaps we have something to learn from her as we face our own challenges.

 

This is the season after Pentecost in the Christian year. Having celebrated the “birthday of the church” through the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, we enter the Season after Pentecost for 24 weeks, to celebrate the existence of the church and recall her mission in the world. The liturgical color for the season is green, symbolic of the church’s growth and mission. 

Giving of our Resources

Please continue to give generously to the ministries of our church in 2021, whether in-person or online here – or mail / drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office. Your gifts help us to continue to minister through in-person and virtual church services, Bible studies, ministry to the community, and more.

Thank you for providing for the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church!

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