Using the Joseph story, Melisa shows that joining the dominant culture is not always a good idea.
Jeremiah named his enemies as his friends even while still proclaiming the violence and destruction around him. Jesus understood he had enemies who would call him and his followers names and plot against him.
But that’s the opportunity for transformation. To reflect about why we’re seen as the enemy to others.
Can we one day name our enemies as friends?
Melissa spoke from Psalm 100 and Romans 5:1-8. God doesn’t change God’s mind about you; you change your mind about God. Sin is pernicious because it warps this most central part of the Christian life – it warps our image of God. Sin turns God into a judge, standing in judgment over us, waiting to pounce on our wrong decisions. If you have rejected that God then you are exactly where God wants you to be.
You don’t come to confession to have your sins forgiven; you come to celebrate that your sins are forgiven. The grace we receive is unexpected and unearned.
The recording for this Sunday’s sermon had some noise issues, so we’re not able to post it. However, you can read Melissa’s transcript for her sermon based on the creation account. Before the message Hans read James Weldon Johnson’s poem The Creation and Angel read from Genesis 1:24-28. Melissa referred to Brian Doyle’s story, also an interesting read.
Prior to the message, Anali read St Teresa of Avila’s poem, Christ Has No Body. Melissa then spoke from John 14:1-21, where Jesus was preparing his disciples to physically be away from them, but promised to continue to show them the way. It confuses the disciples. Christ lived on through his disciples and he lives on today through us.
On this Covenant Sunday, we take time to share how we’ve seen Jesus in each other, how we’ve been the church, together. Part of the message included an opportunity for us to share stories of how this church has been the hands, feet, eyes and ears of Jesus for each other. Because some of stories shared were personal in nature, the full recording is not publicly available.
For regular attenders who would like to hear the stories, reach out to Stan and he can share the rest of the message with you.
Melissa provides the context for the Sunday after Easter being resurrected 😉 as a chance to celebrate–with jokes, humor and laughter–the wonderful, life changing news of Christ’s resurrection. Easter is a triumph of Jesus over sin and death; a trick on the devil. Colossians 2:8-15