2nd Sunday after Pentecost
By Pastor DeWayne Teig
An excerpt from the sermon:
Galatians 1 – The introduction to our second reading today in the book of Galatians is a traditional greeting with which one would write a letter to someone else. Paul writes this letter to those he once spent time with – Gentiles and Jews among them.
I imagine the people listening to this letter with great excitement and anticipation when it is read for the first time. Paul first identifies himself, then addresses his audience – the church at Galatia, and then provides an extended “grace and peace to you” in his opening remarks.
The people had to have been thinking to themselves, “our beloved Paul writing to us to offer us encouragement and affirmation as a church serving Jesus Christ.” Hmm…
And then, wham! “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel…” Whoa! Exclamation point!
How could our dear pastor Paul be talking to us in this kind of tone? Did he just say that if one was to follow a different gospel than the one he preached, may that person, or even angel, be accursed? Paul is definitely upset with those who would preach Christ plus…
What do I mean by that? You know God’s salvation if you have Jesus plus circumcision, in this case related to the Galatians. But do we not have our own variations of this “Jesus plus” understanding in our own day.
You can know God’s salvation if you have Jesus plus this particular kind of morality, or Jesus plus adherence to this political party, or Jesus plus these works of righteousness, or Jesus plus this narrow form of patriotism, or Jesus plus membership in this specific church body.
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Saturday Worship Service
Sunday Worship Service
The Owls group normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30. Our next lunch will be on July 13th, 2016.
We enjoy a light lunch together, share a devotion, and relax with conversation. This group is for any woman who has lost a husband, recently or years ago. It is a time for sharing, fellowship, and support.
Men's Bible Study meets the third Saturday of the month to discuss the lectionary readings for the week. Our next meeting is on Saturday, July 16th at 8:00 a.m.
Men's Breakfast meets the last Saturday of the month. Though we take a little break for the next couple of months, please join us again later this summer/ early fall for our next Men's Breakfast!
Senior Fellowship Lunch meets on the third Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All "seniors" are welcome. Our next gathering will be July 15th . Please join us and bring a friend! Contact Jim Daack for more information at (563) 580-0860.
The Afternoon Women's Bible Study group meets once a month. Our next gathering is Thursday, July 28th at 1:30.
Kyle Barton Farewell Brunch
June 26th, following the 9:00 a.m. service
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