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January 27, 2019

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Generosity Campaign

God’s Love in Action through the years: PVUMC’s past, present and future 1. God’s Love Brought Us Here
Hebrews 11:1-3, 6-10, 29-34, 39-40; 12:1-2

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Hebrews 11:1-3, 6-10, 29-34, 39-40; 12:1-2

Hebrews 11:1-3, 6-10, 29-34, 39-40; 12:1-2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Meaning of Faith11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith[a] our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.The Faith of Abraham8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

The Faith of Other Israelite Heroes29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient,[a] because she had received the spies in peace.32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

The Example of Jesus12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

February 3, 2019

4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Generosity Campaign
God’s Love in Action through the years: PVUMC’s past, present and future 2. Present
Matthew 13:1-23, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 7: 24, Nehemiah: 2: 17-20, Matthew 25

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Matthew 13:1-23

Matthew 13:1-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Sower13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears[a] listen!”

The Purpose of the Parables10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets[b] of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 13 The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ 14 With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says:‘You will indeed listen, but never understand,and you will indeed look, but never perceive.15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,and their ears are hard of hearing,and they have shut their eyes;so that they might not look with their eyes,and listen with their ears,and understand with their heart and turn—and I would heal them.’16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.[c] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Matthew 5:14-16

Matthew 5:14-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 7: 24

Matthew 7: 24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Hearers and Doers24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.

Nehemiah: 2: 17-20

Nehemiah: 2: 17-20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Decision to Restore the Walls17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace.” 18 I told them that the hand of my God had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us start building!” So they committed themselves to the common good. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked and ridiculed us, saying, “What is this that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we his servants are going to start building; but you have no share or claim or historic right in Jerusalem.”

Matthew 25

Matthew 25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids[a] took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.[b] 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those bridesmaids[c] got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids[d] came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.[e]

The Parable of the Talents14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents,[f] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Judgment of the Nations31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[g] you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

February 10, 2019

5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Generosity Campaign
God’s Love in Action through the years: PVUMC’s past, present and future 3. Future
Matthew 25: 14-30, Matthew 28

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Matthew 25: 14-30

Matthew 25: 14-30 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Parable of the Talents14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents,[a] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 28

Matthew 28 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Resurrection of Jesus28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[b] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests[c] had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.

The Commissioning of the Disciples16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

February 17, 2019

6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Broken 1. Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
Job 1:1-3, 2:1-10

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Job 1:1-3

Job 1:1-3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Job and His Family1 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and very many servants; so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Job 2:1-10

Job 2:1-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Attack on Job’s Health2 One day the heavenly beings[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 The Lord said to Satan,[c] “Where have you come from?” Satan[d] answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3 The Lord said to Satan,[e] “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” 4 Then Satan[f] answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives.[g] 5 But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6 The Lord said to Satan,[h] “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.”7 So Satan[i] went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 Job[j] took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse[k] God, and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

February 24, 2019

7th Sunday after the Epiphany
Broken 2. Where Is God?
Job 8:1-7, 20-22

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Job 8:1-7

Job 8:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSv)

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:2 “How long will you say these things,and the words of your mouth be a great wind?3 Does God pervert justice?Or does the Almighty[a] pervert the right?4 If your children sinned against him,he delivered them into the power of their transgression.5 If you will seek Godand make supplication to the Almighty,[b]6 if you are pure and upright,surely then he will rouse himself for youand restore to you your rightful place.7 Though your beginning was small,your latter days will be very great.

Job 8:20-22

Job 8:20-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

20 “See, God will not reject a blameless person,nor take the hand of evildoers.21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,and your lips with shouts of joy.22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”

March 3, 2019

8th Sunday after the Epiphany
Broken 3. Overcoming
Job 38:2-7, 39:19-22, 40:6-9, 42:2, 5-6

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

Job 38:2-7

Job 38:2-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?3 Gird up your loins like a man,I will question you, and you shall declare to me.4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?Tell me, if you have understanding.5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!Or who stretched the line upon it?6 On what were its bases sunk,or who laid its cornerstone7 when the morning stars sang togetherand all the heavenly beings[a] shouted for joy?

Job 39:19-22

Job 39:19-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

19 “Do you give the horse its might?Do you clothe its neck with mane?20 Do you make it leap like the locust?Its majestic snorting is terrible.21 It paws[a] violently, exults mightily;it goes out to meet the weapons.22 It laughs at fear, and is not dismayed;it does not turn back from the sword.

Job 40:6-9

Job 40:6-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

God’s Challenge to Job6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:7 “Gird up your loins like a man;I will question you, and you declare to me.8 Will you even put me in the wrong?Will you condemn me that you may be justified?9 Have you an arm like God,and can you thunder with a voice like his?

Job 42:2

Job 42:2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

2 “I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Job 42:5-6

Job 42:5-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,but now my eye sees you;6 therefore I despise myself,and repent in dust and ashes.”

March 10, 2019

First Sunday of Lent
Lent: People at the Foot of the Cross

8:00 am Traditional Worship – Chapel

Dave Summers preaching

9:30 am Traditional Worship – Sanctuary

Dave Summers preaching

11 am Ignite-Contemporary Worship – Chapel

Christopher Wurpts preaching

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