Sermons from November 2012

Youth Service

Posted by: - November 25, 2012

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The Father and His Two Sons: The Joy of Being Received

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - November 25, 2012

This last parable is probably the best known. However, just because it is the known does not mean it is the easiest. Because it known, it becomes difficult to “hear” everything in the parable. Even for me! Who is the parable speaking to? So the questions once should ask at the beginning of each parable become very important for this one. Where is Jesus? What has just taken place? Who is listening? What connections can be made to the OT and culture? What characters do we find in the parable? Then we need to decide what decision or response is needed. Does the parable occur in another gospel? So how would you “label” this morning’s parable? How do you know it? Prodigal Son? Lost Son? Father and Two Sons? How Not to Spend Your Inheritance? The Story of Homecoming?

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The Audacity of Our Friends

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - November 18, 2012

“Ring! Ring! Ring!” Who would call at 2am!?! A friend. Your friend has unexpected guests and needs a loaf of bread, mayo, mustard, lunch meat, and dill pickles? my last jar at that! How do you respond to that? Do you respond? Have you ever wondered how God would respond to our “crazy” requests at all hours of the day and night? Yet, this is probably how God hears us as we pray. How does the parable end? How does God reply to our “crazy” requests?

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Lord's Day 46 - Our Father in Heaven

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - November 11, 2012

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"No...Yes...Yes...No...The Kingdom and Those Who Eventually Enter"

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - November 11, 2012

We’ve all know children and adults who say one thing and do the other. “Go and clean the garage.” “Not a chance!” But they go and do it. “Go and mop the laundry room floor.” “Sure, no problem.” They never get there. Change the picture to church people. Sure I believe? but every word and deed says otherwise! What can we do? What should we do?

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"Sharing, Caring, Remembering Our Neighbour..."

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - November 4, 2012

Theologian and preacher Frederick Buechner wrote, “If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in.” Today’s parable should cause us to open our eyes in order to find the poor and the needy AND to respond to their needs. It connects well with World Hunger Sunday as it urges us to remember the gap between rich and poor.

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