Flip the To Do List

2015.06.28 - Kevin Makins - The Church Calendar

Flip the To Do List

Exodus 16

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So this weeks sermon question: do you have a “to do” list?

Maybe it’s physical, maybe it’s mental, but a list of all the things you need to get done, should get done, or would love to do? And how long is your list? Because honestly, many of us now have MULTIPLE lists that are full with good and important things that just HAVE to get done. And it can be sort of crippling sometimes…

Well there is this story in scripture about food that fell from heaven, and it has a lot to teach us about God and about our lists.

And don’t worry, the sermon gets mega practical.

MacNab Presbyterian is Not Our Home

2015.06.07 - Kevin Makins - The Church Calendar

MacNab Presbyterian is Not Our Home

1 Peter 2

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Eucharist Church has moved locations five times in five years… which is sort of crazy! What have we learned in that wandering, and what can we learn about wandering from the story of scripture?

These are the questions we ask as we settle into our (hopefully longer term!) new building: MacNab Presbyterian!

A quick tour of our time together on Sunday! We started in the garden outside before the gathering eating popsicles. JP came out and started leading us in music, singing “come into this place, meet us with your grace…”

We then entered into the hall where we will be gathering, and continued to worship and learn and communion together.

Finally we moved into the Sanctuary and got a tour by one of MacNab’s elders. He shared the history of the building, the stained glass windows, and the congregation… and it was super inspiring and gorgeous. We closed with a hymn and a benediction from the mega-pulpit.

Seeing God Down the Mountain

2015.02.15 - Leshia Knopf - The Church Calendar

Seeing God Down the Mountain

Mark 9:2-9

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In the ancient world people were used to meeting the god(s) on top of mountains. That was where you expected to find a god!

Jesus also reveals his divinity on a mountain, but what happens before and after this epiphany reveals even more.

The text:

Mark 9:2-9

2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Imaginarium: The Most Resilient Parasite

2011.06.26 - Kevin Makins - Imaginarium: The Most Resilient Parasite

Exodus 2 & 4, Isaiah 52, Luke 10

The second sermon in our three week series on the theological imagination examines the power of ideas to shape, form, and change us. 

How has God used ideas to create new worlds? Why did Jesus, throughout his life, choose to teach through stories and parables? 

And what is so “theological” about the theological imagination?

Music led by Joel Cumby and Alex Drumm - starts 52 min in.

Kevin Makins - Setting the Table: Law, or, Put Flesh And Blood On It

Exodus 19-20, Matthew 5 & Galatians 3

The sixth sermon of our 23 week series “Setting the Table” - exploring the narrative of Scripture.

Rescued from slavery, God’s chosen people are led to a mountain where they receive a law they are to live by. 

The idea of “the law” tends to bring to mind lists of rules and regulations; ways we can do “good things” to earn God’s acceptance, and avoid the “bad things” that would make him angry.

But what if this totally misses the point? What if the law is actually far more good and true and beautiful than we think? 

What does the law tell us about humanity, and perhaps more importantly, the God who created us?

Richard Saunders - Setting the Table: Exodus

Exodus; Matthew 13

The first sermon in our 23 week series Setting the Table - exploring the narrative of Scripture.

Our first week: Exodus.

Exodus? The first book?

Well, yes, and no. No; because there are stories to tell that pre-date the exodus, but yes; because in many ways this is where the story really starts.

The story begins with a people in slavery, a whole nation of people being treated as machines. The story begins with a people who have lost all hope, who are desperately crying out for rescue; the story begins in Egypt.

But Egypt isn’t the whole story, because when all seems lost, when it seems most hopeless; God enters the story. And everything changes.

God declares: “I have heard the cry” - a God who hears the cry of the oppressed. 

Kevin Makins - Fear

Exodus 20: 18-20

A sermon from the week Kevin announced the planting of Eucharist Church to FreeChurch. It’s a sermon about the fear that comes with anything that will stretch and grow us, and asks the question: how do we, as God’s people, respond to that fear?