November Sermon Theme: “Celebration”
November 1st - Celebrate Abundance - All Souls Sunday (John 9:10-17)
All Souls is a celebration of life. It is the time when we gather to remember those among us who have passed on to life eternal. We remember them fondly. When Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish this was not just a miracle of food, Christ made a statement about the abundance of life when everyone thought things were scarce. This November in 2020 we will consider life’s abundance in a time when it might be tempting to feel things are scarce.
November 8th - Celebrate Generosity (Matthew 25:31-40)
We all know that we are supposed to be generous, because we think it will make a difference in the lives of those we help, but in our story Jesus teaches that being generous will change us, and improve our own lives. During the pandemic there have been many examples of people who have helped strangers, and who have led with generous impulses. Today we will talk about generosity - a fitting topic as we celebrate the 100th birthday of one of our most faithful members, and one of our most generous ones - Nancy Prindle.
November 15 Celebrate Scarcity (Matthew 19: 16-30)
This year it feels like most of us have given up a lot. We have changed our patterns for congregating, for planning recreation, for shopping, for partying. In many ways these changes feel like a loss, or a series of losses. But I would argue that there have been many benefits that can be found in this change of lifestyle.
Jesus’ conversation with the rich man brings us some new understanding of the benefits that come when we give up our excess and learn new ways to celebrate scarcity, learning again that “less is more."
November 22nd - Celebrate Gratitude - The Story of the Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
This will not be an easy Thanksgiving. Many families may be afraid to travel; others may
curtail their usual holiday routines for the sake of safety. It may even be a sad Thanksgiving for some people who find themselves alone. In the story about Jesus the lepers were not immediately grateful. They had been through so much that it was hard to give thanks. This story was created for times when Thanksgiving seems like a stretch. It may help us open our hearts to the blessings of this day.
November 29th - Celebrate Advent Hope
Hope is not something that is always easy. But it is most important when life is challenging. We will look at examples of hope today and in the Bible to understand how to find it now. We’ll light the Advent candle and share communion online.