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The Great Invitation: And Now Your Reward

Blessings are a gift of God in God’s kingdom. Rewards are the result of living more fully into the ways of God’s kingdom, or as we might say, “growing in holiness of heart and life.” Jesus reminds us of ways we can stay on or stray from the trail God’s kingdom blazes for us in this life. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
  • Psalm 119:33:40 (UMH 841-842)
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
  • Matthew 5:38-48

The Great Invitation: Shine!

Today we exult in the vision of God’s exaltation of Jesus and in anticipation of our own transfiguration now and in the age to come. That hope, that vision, drives us not to stay where we are on the mountaintop, but to get into the valley of sin and suffering and be a healing and formative presence for all who seek God’s salvation with us in the weeks of Lent that lie ahead. View the After-Epiphany Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Exodus 24:12-18
  • Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
  • 2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Matthew 17:1-9

Living Our Baptismal Calling: Remember, You Are Dust

We gather to acknowledge our mortality and our sinfulness, and to seek God’s mercy and guidance for the season of intensive formation and re-formation in the way of Jesus that lies ahead. View the Lent Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
  • Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Living Our Baptismal Calling: Renounce

We walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. View the Lent Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
  • Psalm 32 (UMH 766)
  • Romans 5:12-19
  • Matthew 4:1-11

Living Our Baptismal Calling: Accept

We walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. View the Lent Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Genesis 12:1-4a
  • Psalm 121 (UMH 844)
  • Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
  • John 3:1-17

Living Our Baptismal Calling: Confess

In an encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, Jesus confesses he is the Messiah, and she not only embraces this, but leads others to make the same confession. View the Lent Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Exodus 17:1-7
  • Psalm 85 (UMH 814)
  • Romans 5:1-11
  • John 4:5-42