Beyond the Shadows – September 8, 2019

Andrew Colby Preaching

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12-13.

The Work Has Just Begun – September 1, 2019

Scripture: Hebrews 13: 1-8; 15-16

So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices. (Hebrews 13:15-16)

A wonderful quote from the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end. Resurrection reminds us that nothing truly good can die, so we continue to do the work God calls us to do, to be the incarnation of Christ for the world today…for that is the way to life.

It Can’t Be Carried Alone – August 25, 2019

It Can’t Be Carried Alone – August 25, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 4: 2-17

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person. (Colossians 4: 5-6)

When our Christian walk is shared with others, when we find a shared meaning for something, especially if it allows us to love God and others in the same action, God can get us through it. Paul surrounded himself with workers in the kingdom, and we need to do the same.

The Great Comma – August 18, 2019

Rev. Sandra McNary Preaching

Scripture: Colossians 3: 12-17

Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3: 13-14)

In the Apostle’s Creed, there is a comma between “born of the Virgin Mary” and “suffered under Pontius Pilate”, a comma that delineates everything Jesus said and did between his birth and his death. This part of Colossians gives advice for daily, practical behavior for Christ-followers…what we do is far more important than what we merely believe!

 

Going Somewhere Good – August 11, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 3: 1-11

Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Colossians 3: 1-4)

If Christ is “in us”, what is the end goal for the cosmos in its entirety?  Where are we going with all this?The first public word of record out of Jesus’ mouth was the Greek imperative verb metabolite, which literally translates as “change your mind” or “go beyond your mind.” Changing our worldview is the point of the gospel, and going somewhere good teams having to go through and with the bad, and being unable to hold ourselves above it or apart from it. We never stop growing toward a more inclusive love when we are following Christ.

Revealed in Us—as Us – August 4, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 2: 6-19

So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ. All the fullness of deity lives in Christ’s body. And you have been filled by him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. (Colossians 2: 6-10)

Paul knew that the Christ must first of all be acknowledged within before he can be recognized without as Lord and Master. God must reveal Godself in you before God can fully reveal Godself to you. We are participating members of the universal body of Christ and Christ is in us!

Another Name for Everything – July 28, 2019

Another Name for Everything – July 28, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 1: 15-28

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation. Because all things were created by him: both in the heavens and on the earth, the things that are visible and the things that are invisible. Whether they are thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him.  (Colossians 1: 15-16)

This understanding of the nature of Jesus Christ is Christianity’s unique contribution among the world’s religions: that everything visible, without exception, is the outpouring of God. Christ, Logos, the blueprint for being fully human is the Christ-mystery we are called to live into as human beings. When Christ is everything, how I walk through the world changes.

What We Already Know – July 21, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 1: 1-14 

You have this faith and love because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You previously heard about this hope through the true message, the good news, which has come to you. This message has been bearing fruit and growing among you since the day you heard and truly understood God’s grace, in the same way that it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world. (Colossians 1: 5-6)

The opening to the letter to the Colossians expresses gratitude for the faith, love, and hope possessed by the followers of Jesus there. We will look at the way they, and we, have participated in the Christ story in the past, and what our continuing growth along that trajectory looks like.

The Traveler – July 14, 2019

Scripture: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

“‘Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.’” (Luke 10:3-6)

The traveler is always an outsider, visiting new places and adjusting to customs and cultures outside their own experience. Jesus warns the disciples that not everyone will welcome them on their journey. We too, will suffer rejection on our journey as Jesus’ followers. Jesus wants us to make the most of the places we are welcomed and not worry so much about the places that turn us away. It is the places of welcome where an outsider becomes an insider. Embrace them, find them and create them for others.

The Homeless – July 7, 2019

Scripture: Luke 9:51-62

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’” (Luke 9:58)

There are homeless people all around us, some are without a physical home and others without a spiritual home. This passage reminds us that even Jesus was homeless. Even Jesus was cast out and turned away. Whether we are welcoming those without a physical home or confronting our own need to find a spiritual home in Christ, this week we claim the reality of a new home as followers of Jesus. To claim our home in the Kingdom requires us to let go of our former home and look toward our home with God.