Eastertide Theme: Envisioning the City of God (Learning from the Book of Revelation)


May 26: Lay Preachers share why they worship

(Michael Henderson, Joanne Murray,

& Gerry Flaten)

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

"...the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in [the city] and [Their] servants will worship..." 22:3



Envisioning the City of God: 

Learning from the Book of Revelation

May 19: The Establishment of the New

Revelation 21:1-6

"And the One who was seated on the throne said, 'See, I am making all things new.'" v.5

Unfortunately, this sermon did not get recorded.

May 12: God and The Great Ordeal

Revelation 7:9-17

"These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." v.14

 May 5: The Lamb Instead of the Lion

Revelation 5:11-14

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" v.12

April 28: The Coming Wholeness of God

Revelation 1: 4-8

"Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and on His account all the tribes of the earth will wail." v. 7 

June 2: The Necessity of Remaining Expectant

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

"The One who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" v.21

Our congregation has undertaken a risky thing during Eastertide- we are studying the Revelation to John. We are not studying it as a roadmap to the end of the world, nor as a moralistic allegory, but instead consider it an historical call for churches to stay loyal to Christ in the midst of Empire. We gather each week to unpack the symbols and the violence in the text, to reveal the way of our Loving God, hidden in plain sight.  

Lent & Easter

Bearing the Fruit of Discipleship
A Mash-up of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount 

April 21 (Easter): We Are Called By Name

John 20:1-18

"Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that He had said these things to her." v. 18 

Due to unfortunate circumstances, the last six minutes of this sermon were not recorded.

April 14: Waiting on the Stones

Luke 19:28-40

"Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, order Your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out." v. 39-40 

April 7: Pistis
Trusting God While Longing

Matthew 7:7-11

"If you then, who are evil [Gk. ponéros], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask!" v.11

March 31: Eiréné and Chara
Delighting in Wholeness Amidst Incompleteness
Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." v. 13

March 24: Makrothumia and Egkrateia

The Struggle Is Real
Matthew 7:13-14

"For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." v.14

March 17: Agathosune and Chréstotés
Moral Excellence without Judgment

Matthew 5:17-20

"For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." v.20

March 10: Agapé and Prautés

Aligning Ourselves with God
Matthew 5:43-48

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." v. 48 

This Lent, we examined the Sermon on the Mount, the great and diverse collection of teachings found in Matthew 5-7. In an experimental process, the congregation voted each week on the Scripture passages to be examined for the following week, grouped loosely into the nine "fruits of the Spirit" delineated by Paul in Galatians 5.

This allowed us to spend time on the selections from Jesus' sermon that most engage (or confound) our congregation.