Stories that Shape Us: A People of Hope – July 17, 2022

“Stories that Shape Us: A People of Hope”Text: Genesis 13 This week we begin a new sermon series focusing on the Old Testament, “Stories that Shape Us.” These stories just didn’t shape the scripture of the New Testament – they also shape who we are although we live in a far different culture and time.…

Luke 15:1-7 – July 10, 2022

Text: Luke 15:1-7We welcome Pastor Amanda Lawton as this week’s guest preacher. She serves the South Portland Church of the Nazarene as both children’s pastor and director of the Lighthouse School. We sometimes experience moments when we feel lost. However, as the Parable of the Lost Sheep reminds us, God is always searching for us…

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Galatians 6:1-18 – July 3, 2022

Text: Galatians 6:1-18This week, we finish reading the book of Galatians. During the last few weeks, we have seen how Paul lays the foundation for the Gospel to the church in Galatia as being a gospel of love and non-judgment. In the last chapter, Paul talks about how living out the Gospel might look like,…

Galatians 5:13-26 – June 26, 2022

Text: Galatians 5:13-26We continue our look at Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. In last week’s passage from chapter 3, Paul reminds us that there is no law that keeps us from the grace of God. This may tempt us to live our lives the way we want to or just do the minimum…

Galatians 3:23-29 – June 19, 2022

Text: Galatians 3:23-29One of the questions facing the early Christians, being Jewish and familiar with Jewish law and traditions, was “what does it mean that Jesus, who was reduced to nothing by being crucified on the cross, was raised from the dead?” The dead were considered unclean and cursed – and if God worked through…

Trinity Sunday – June 12, 2022

“Trinity Sunday”Text: John 16:12-15On Trinity Sunday, the church remembers that in worship, we celebrate God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. But what does the Trinity mean for us? In this passage, Jesus invites us into this same interconnected relationship; that everything about His character is shared as a blessing to us as well.…

Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Valley of Praise – June 5, 2022

“Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Valley of Praise”Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30On this Pentecost Sunday, we study a passage of scripture from the book of 2 Chronicles. The call to prayer is a call to pray during the ordinary moments and times of our lives, including through all of the struggles that go with it. While…

Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Jericho Walls – May 22, 2022

“Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Jericho Walls”Text: Joshua 6:1-20Today, we study a story familiar to most of us – the Israelites marching around and ultimately conquering the city of Jericho. However, this event in many ways seems less like a military march and more like a worship procession. Just like Jericho’s walls, which were a…

Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Faith Fail – May 15, 2022

“Praying Our Way to Pentecost: Faith Fail”Text: Luke 22:31-34It’s easy for us to think of failure as not having accomplished a task or met a goal. During this season of intentional prayer, we should not be discomforted or give up if we find that our prayers are not answered in the way we expected to…