Velda Rose United Methodist Church
5540 East Main Street Mesa AZ 85205
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Rev. Daniel Gomez, Preaching
Scripture: * Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 13:10-14
Sermon Title: “You Don’t Understand . . . You Can’t”
It is nice when people speak well of us and marvel at the wisdom we seem to possess. But how quickly the initial acceptance turns to suspicion when they hear utterances with which they do not agree. Likewise with Jesus, they thought he was marvelous, but when they understood the implications of his message, they became angry and sought to destroy him. Jesus laid his hands on a woman and enabled her to stand upright. When some took offense at his having healed on the Sabbath, we hear the familiar argument – You Can’t!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Scripture: * Jeremiah 17:5-10; Matthew 20:1-16; Ephesians 3:16-17
Sermon Title: "How Deep Are Our Roots?"
Today we think about the meaning of a powerful metaphor from Jeremiah. The imagery describes the soul of a healthy Israel but also a healthy church. We are thinking about the roots of a shrub or tree. The prophet Jeremiah looks over Israel and concluded that they are like a dying shrub, a nation that has lost its sense of identity and purpose. This reminds us of Kizzie, when she turned down Sam for marriage in the memorable mini-series, “Roots.” She said, “Sam, you don’t know where you’ve come from, so you don’t know where you’re going.” In the New Testament, Paul, in his letters, continually reminds us to check out the health of our spiritual roots. Like a vital, healthy tree, what kind of nutrients are we absorbing into the life of Velda Rose? Great spirituality is fundamentally about core values that are rooted in God’s power and radical grace!
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Rev. Pamela Wagner, Preaching
Scriptures: Psalm 62:5-12 & Jonah 1:1-17
Sermon Title: Jonah, the Hapless Prophet
In a world where most people know little about the one true God who has been revealed to Israel over the course of time, God decides reveal himself to the people of Ninevah through the prophet Jonah. There are only two problems: Ninevah is an enemy of Israel and Jonah doesn’t want to go. How do we react when God calls us into His mission field?
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Scripture: * Esther 7:1-6; 9-10; 9:20-22; Mark 9:38-50
Sermon Title: “Who Knows?”
One of the most discussed topics in religion is the relationship of divine providence and free will. How much of what happens in our lives is the result of God’s action, and how much is the consequence of human choices? The story of Esther in the Old Testament is a poignant reflection on this controversial issue. It is a tale that tells of the deliverance of the Jews from the Persians, a victory secured by the beauty, patriotism and wisdom of Esther. Although the story cannot be verified in the historical record, it nonetheless became so beloved that it was foundational in creating the institution of Purim. The message in Esther, however, is profound. It is a complex narrative that weaves together human choice, chance, and providence, without once mentioning the name of God in the story. The story is a challenge to live life in radical faith and trust in God.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 World Communion Sunday
Scripture: * Isaiah 6:1-13; Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Sermon Title: “Can We Begin Again?”
There are times when our soul can grow quiet. Life deals a blow that leads us into a quiet time of the spirit. We may end up confused and bewildered and wonder, “Why is this happening to me?” One of the great prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah, went through such an experience. He learns that his people, his beloved Israel, will pay the price for their spiritual apathy and inattention to issues of justice. God confronts Isaiah in a vision in which he comes to grips with the sin of humanity and the holiness of God.
He comes face to face with God’s power of forgiveness as well as the call that is placed upon his life. He learns two great lessons: even when things are at their worse, God is never out of the picture, and God desires that we rise from the ashes, and begin anew! A powerful lesson to be learned is that God not only walks with us today, but also before us into the future.