This fall our eight-week sermon series will feature water as a theme.
Week 1: September 8 – Approach
On this first Sunday of the series, we approach the “deep well” that holds the renewing waters of our baptism. What will we find if we allow ourselves to come near? To approach is to respond to the hand that is always held out to us, inviting us to profound journeys of life and love.
Scripture: Isaiah 55
Week 2: September 15 - Enter
It takes courage to “jump in!” To enter the water - whether it is slowly or with a big jump - is a willingness to be up to our necks in our questions, our fears, our doubts, our longings. But it is the water that’s over our heads that is the water that holds what we’re looking for.
Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33
Week 3: September 22 – Soak
Sometimes there’s too much water. Sometimes we find ourselves in a torrential downpour, in a tiny boat in a big sea, waiting for the end of the storm. The stories of Jesus’ actions in the midst of literal storms assures us that we are not alone.
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Week 4: September 29 – Immerse
Whether or not we were sprinkled or dunked, baptism holds images of being immersed in community through death and resurrection with Jesus. We remember Jesus’ baptism and our own and ask ourselves what we’ve immersed our everyday lives in–messages of death and fear?
Scripture: Romans 6:1-4
Week 5: October 6 – Connection / Flowing together
Communion Sunday – Many parts, one body
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26
Week 6: October 13 - Cleansing
Story of water as healing - Namaan - and Jesus healing. How does water heal? How does community heal?
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Week 7: October 20 – Persistence
Water continues to flow, to break down barriers, to form canyons - to erode. Can we be persistent even when progress is so slow?
Scripture: Luke 18:1-8
Week 8: October 27 – Breathe
In this last Sunday of the series, we emerge and take a big, deep breath. As necessary as our regular breathing, we need the regularity of spiritual renewal. We rededicate ourselves to the renewal of our spirits, the renewal of the earth, the renewal of our communities.
Scripture: Romans 12:1-??