2022 - 2023 Narrative Lectionary Year 1

9/11/2022 - 3/16/2023

The goal of the Narrative Lectionary is to provide a way to hear the story of God’s redeeming work in Christ through the Old and New Testament and to help the worshipers to live in that story. Year one of the narrative lectionary typically includes readings from the Old Testament, such as Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, and portions of the historical books. The gospel of Matthew is the focus for the year during the gospel portion of the year, followed by Romans as the primary epistle.

In This Series

  1. Learning to Follow: Week 2 The Lord's Prayer - 01/29/2023

    In this message, Pastor Kevin continues his series called "Learning to Follow."  Jesus was teaching his disciples what it meant to follow him and the implications that had on everyday living.  By looking at the Lord's prayer and what Jesus taught his disciples to pray, we find out how to pray and live.

  2. Learning to Follow: Week 1 The Beatitudes - 01/22/2023

    In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches his disciples how to live a righteous and fulfilled life by emphasizing humility, meekness, peacemaking, and compassion. He encourages them to seek God's kingdom above all else, and to live a life of love and service to others. By following these teachings, Jesus's disciples can learn to become more like him and to follow him more closely.In this service, there was an abbreviated sermon and a presentation from Gideon's International and their work in sharing the Word of God around the world.

  3. Learning to Follow: Week 3 Build on the Rock - 02/05/2023

    This week, Pastor Kevin preached on the passage from Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29

  4. The Kingdom of God is Like... - 02/12/2023

    Join us this Sunday as we delve into two of the most well-known parables of Jesus, found in Matthew 13:24-43. In this passage, Jesus tells the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, teaching us about the growth and transformative power of the kingdom of God.Through our exploration of these parables, we will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a part of the kingdom of God, and how we can cultivate a life filled with faith, hope, and love. We will also reflect on the challenges and obstacles that can hinder the growth of the kingdom, and learn how to overcome them through the strength and guidance of the Lord.

  5. The Transfiguration - 02/19/2023

    In this message, Pastor Kevin looks at the mountaintop experience that the Disciples had with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.  The disciples wanted to stay on the mountain so much that Peter offered to build 3 houses, on for each of the three religious figures there.How many of us have experiened those mountain top faith moments and wanted to stay there, to bottle it up, to never let them end.  But even as the disciples heard the voice of God himself, Jesus taps them on the shoulder and tells them it is time to return to the work ahead of them. We too must go about our part of God's Kingdom building work leaning on those mountain top experiences when things get difficult and our own faith shakes. 

  6. The Unforgiving Servant - 02/26/2023

    This week begins our sermon series entitled "The Ways of the Kingdom," and our focus for this first week is on the passage found in Matthew 18:15-35 traditionally known as the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. In this passage, Jesus teaches about forgiveness and reconciliation in the Kingdom of God. Jesus begins by emphasizing the importance of addressing conflicts within the community of believers. He teaches us that when someone has sinned against us, we should first go and speak to them directly, seeking to resolve the issue. If that doesn't work, we should bring one or two others with us to help in the reconciliation process.

  7. Laborers in the Vineyard - 03/05/2023

    In this second week of our sermon series, "The Ways of the Kingdom," we turn our attention to the parable found in Matthew 20:1-16. This parable, traditionally known as the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, tells the story of a landowner who hires workers for his vineyard throughout the day, and then pays them all the same amount at the end of the day, regardless of how long they had worked.This parable challenges our ideas of fairness and justice. We may be tempted to think that those who worked longer hours should be paid more, but in the Kingdom of God, it is not about what we deserve or earn. It is about the generosity and grace of God.

  8. The Wedding Banquet - 03/12/2023

    As we continue our sermon series, "The Ways of the Kingdom," we come to the passage in Matthew 22:1-14, which tells the parable of the wedding feast. In this parable, a king invites guests to his son's wedding feast, but the invited guests refuse to come. The king then sends out his servants to invite anyone they can find, both good and bad, to come to the feast. This parable reminds us that the Kingdom of God is open to all, regardless of their background, status, or history. God's invitation is for all people, and no one is excluded from the opportunity to enter into a relationship with Him. However, it is also important to note that not all who are invited will accept the invitation. There is one part of this parable that can sound strange to us. That is the impromptu guest who is kicked out for not being dressed properly. As we explore this parable and what it teaches about how the kingdom of God works, we'll also be sure to look at this guest.

  9. The Parable of the Bridesmaids - 03/19/2023

    The parable of the ten bridesmaids, also known as the parable of the ten virgins, is found in Matthew 25:1-13. It tells the story of ten bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom's arrival at a wedding feast. They all had lamps, but only five of them brought extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, all ten bridesmaids fell asleep. When the bridegroom finally arrived, the five bridesmaids who had brought extra oil could keep their lamps burning and were welcomed into the feast, but the other five who did not have enough oil were shut out.In this week's sermon, we will take an in-depth look at what Jesus might be teaching in this parable, how it challenges how we live in this world, and how we use the "talents" God gives each of us.