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LCH Sermons—Time after Pentecost 2010 (May, June, and July)

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 17—July 25, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Genesis 18:20–32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6–19; Luke 11:1–13
Summary: Prayer is the primary way we relate with God, but Christians seem to be addicted to nice prayers. If we take our prayer lives seriously, there is no limit to what we can say. In the first lesson, Abraham questions and negotiates with God. In today’s Gospel, after teaching the Lord&rsquo's Prayer, Jesus tells a parable teaching that we should be bold in our prayers. May we all pray boldly.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 16—July 18, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Genesis 18:1–10a, Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15–28; Luke 10:38–42
Summary: In today’s familiar Gospel story of Mary and Martha, it is important to note that the problem with Martha was the fact that she was distracted from the main point in life. We can be distracted just as much by contemplation or activity. Paul tells us to be centered on Jesus Christ. Then we can proclaim Christ in our lives.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 15—July 11, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:9–14; Psalm 25:1–9; Colossians 1:1–14; Luke 10:25–37
Summary: In today’s story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus says that fulfilling the law is not a theoretical concept. He does not condemn the priest of Levite; he focuses on the grace that come from setting aside our fears so we can put our hands on those who need love. We have already been given this grace and the courage to love one another.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 14—July 4, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Isaiah 66:10–14; Psalm 66:1–8; Galatians 6:1–16; Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends out the 70 to prepare for him. His instructions are a model for evangelism. Like good surfers, we must see what is happening in the water and ride the waves that come. Gud builds waves, we cannot. We are the laborers who God sends out to bring hope, but mostly to breathe peace. So paddle out and surf the waves God has built.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 13—June 27, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13–25; Luke 9:51–62
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem. He calls people to follow, they say they will, and then they find excuses. It sounds like church. As Paul writes, we are called to life in the spirit where work, family, passions, and time are all wrapped up in the grace of God. There is no one but you to answer the call, so strive for that spiritual life.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 12—June 20, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Isaiah 65:1–9; Psalm 22:18–27; Galatians 3:23–29; Luke 8:26–39
Summary: In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a man with a demon and sends him back to his community to proclaim what God had done for him rather than letting him follow Jesus. Paul tells us in Galatians that we are free from everything that binds us. This radical freedom is disturbing, and many of us will give up freedom for the security of the familiar. God is calling us to go to our communities and proclaim the good news of this freedom.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 11—June 13, 2010

Preacher: Pastor J.P. Sabithi
Lessons: 2 Samuel 11:26—12:10, 13–15; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15–21; Luke 7:36—8:13
Summary: In the lesson from Samuel, David presents his brokenness and receives forgiveness from God, and in today’s Gospel, the women offers her brokenness as well. The good news is that each of us can bring our brokenness as an offering to God. Like a stained glass window in church, our stained and broken lives can be transformed through grace into something beautiful.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 10—June 6, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Diane Martinson-Koyama
Lessons: I Kings 17:17–24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1:11–24; Luke 7:11–17
Summary: It is not immediately clear how today’s Gospel lesson applies to our modern world were there are no miracle workers to raise people from the dead. In Luke-Acts the stories of resurrection point towards life in the Spirit. The active work of God’s spirit giving hope and eternal life are genuine miracles. And you are miracles in other people’s lives.

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Trinity Sunday—May 30, 2010

Preacher: Pastor Steve Jensen
Lessons: Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1–5; John 16:12–15
Summary: Trinity Sunday is the only time in the church year when we celebrate a doctrine. The idea of the Trinity can frustrate our desire to completely know (and thereby control) God. The real goal should be to accept the mystery and be conrolled by God. The Spriti leads us into new paths. Are we willing to be led by the Spirit into uncomfortable places?

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