Kingdom Treasure

Brookside Community Church July 30, 2017 Pentecost 8A – Matthew 13:44-52. “Just do something!” The real human question being ask of us is whether there is anything we care enough about that we would be willing to risk everything, even our very lives, in order to protect it. “Do something!” That was his wife’s plea….

The Image of a Child

“No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children.” –Rabbi Irving Greenberg This morning I need to prepare my sermon for Sunday, but I am paralyzed. I cannot write one word. It’s not because I don’t know what to say. There is too much to say,…

Prayers for Christ the King Sunday, Year A (November 23, 2014)

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 Call to Worship: Leader:         We come, for God gathers us here, with that community called faith: People:       where the hungry are served first,where the thirsty drink life’s water. Leader:         We come, for God welcomes us here into that home called grace: People:       where the naked are clothed in robes of hope; where…

Saints in the hands of a humble heaven

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on…

Prayers for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (October 26th, 2014)

Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Matthew 22:34–46 Call to Worship: Leader:         Beloved people of God: we are called to love with all our hearts! People:         Let us love with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds. Leader:         Lift up your hearts; let us walk together as…

Prayers for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 19th, 2014)

SCRIPTURE READINGS 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The text this week from Matthew illustrates the continued confrontation between Jesus and Jerusalem’s religious authorities. This text provides an opportunity for discussion about Christian stewardship and the relationship between Christian communities and systems of power. This text asks us to consider: What does…

Prayers for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 12th, 2014)

SCRIPTURE READINGS Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The text this week from Matthew illustrates the continued confrontation between Jesus and Jerusalem’s religious authorities. This text provides an opportunity for discussion about who is welcomed in our midst, and how we respond to our invitation to be among God’s “chosen few.” Rather than a text…

To hell with the bully god

Weekly Notes in Preparation for Preaching: Matthew 22:1-14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14) Have you ever felt left out? Been left out of the game by your peers because you weren’t good enough? Because you didn’t fit in somehow? It is a common image. Most of us know how the…

Vineyard Tales (Matthew 21:33-46)

  After being confronted by the chief priests and the elders–representatives of the Sanhedrin—and asked to justify his authority, Jesus continued his response with another parable. He reminded them of an ancient Israel tradition: the telling of Vineyard Tales.   “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around…