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LCH Sermons—Lent 2010

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Palm Sunday—March 28, 2010

The recording of today’s sermon is not available for technical reasons.

Lent V—March 21, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Isaiah 43:16–21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b–14; John 12:1–8
Summary: Most people in the church do not like change, but in today’s lesson, Isaiah says God is about to do a new thing. That new thing will look a lot like Paul who was radically changed in his encounter with Jesus. It will look like Jesus gathering all manner of people together or Mary anointing Jesus’ feet. The problem is that we look at new things, see them as alien, and hold them at a distance. But God’s grace continues to draw us into this new creation.

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Lent IV—March 14, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Joshua 5:9–12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16–21; Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
Summary: Today’s familiar Gospel story of the Prodigal Son includes three examples of grace. The father receives the grace of being able to give his son the inheritance he asks for. The Prodigal receives the grace of his father’s forgiveness. And the older son experiences the grace of having access to everything his father has, but he doesn’t recognize that grace because it has always been there. The story shows how God responds to us with grace upon grace.

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Lent III—March 7, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Isaiah 55:1–9; Psalm 63:1–8; 1 Corinthians 10:1–13; Luke 13:1–9
Summary: Today’s Gospel can seem harsh as Jesus calls his hearers on their self-righteousness and tells them to repent. But it is followed by the story of the fig tree, with its words of grace. Like the gardener, God shovels grace on our lives so we can grow and bear fruit.

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Lent II—February 28, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Genesis 15:1–12, 17–18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17—4:1; Luke 13:31–35
Summary: During yesterday’s tsunami, I was anxious and had trouble figuring out what to do. I finally did something, but in the end, it didn’t really matter. In the lesson from the Hebrew scriptures, God tells Abram not to be afraid; and in the Gospel, Jesus ignores Herod’s threats and continues with his work. In our lives, we have many troubles, but God assures us, “I will be with you” and urges us to be hens sheltering the world.

(Webmaster’s Note: During the sermon, Pastor Jeff referred to one of the pew cushions with a design referencing the Gospel lesson.)

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Lent I—February 21, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Deuteronomy 26:1–11; Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16; Romans 10:8b–13; Luke 4:1–13
Summary: Today’s Gospel depends on Jesus’ humanity. We prefer a powerful God who is more like Rambo than Barney Fife. The devil tempts Jesus to be a certain kind of Messiah, but chooses a Messiahship of love and the cross. Because Jesus passes this test and others, we do not have to. In our moments of failure, God’s grace and love are with us.

The recording of today’s sermon is not available for technical reasons.

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