“How will they hear” – Jan 21, 2018

Week two of our ‘new gentiles in faith’ series from the book of Acts.
Readings and Scriptures from the service below the video.


Responsive Invocation
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city,
and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave,
and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island,
and the meadow where mention of God hath been made,
and His praise glorified.

Acts 8:25-40

25 So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.  29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 “In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will relate His generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.

Responsive Prayer
Awe-inspiring God, we gather together to praise you
for your tender compassion and care of needy people.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your prayers.
Listening God, we gather to revere and honour your
supportive concern for people who cry to you for help.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your praise.
People of every nation are called to gather together to
worship God, in thankfulness for God’s loving mercies.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your worship. Amen.
© 2012 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year B, used with permission.

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2018 Martin Luther King Weekend

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Or listen on youtube:

Using Acts 13:44:-52 (NET) Underscores added

44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming. 46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us,

‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles,
That You may bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.


The quote used from MLK at the end of this message:

Those of us who confess Jesus as the Christ find something at the center of our faith which forever reminds us that God is on the side of truth and justice. Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumph of Easter. Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross. But Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B.C. so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name.

The problem of race is American’s greatest moral dilemma. The churches are called upon to recognize the urgent necessity of taking a forthright stand on this crucial issue. If we are to remain true to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we cannot rest until segregation and discrimination are banished from every area of American life.

Many churches have taken a stand. Many individual ministers, even in the South, have stood up with dauntless courage. All of these things are admirable and deserve our highest praise.

But we must admit that these courageous stands from the church are still far too few. The statements of the denominations on the question of human relations move all too slowly to the local churches in actual practice. All too many ministers are still silent. It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people but the appalling silence of the so-called good people.”

Credit – original source

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Card Shower

Dear friends,

A beloved member of our Church, Kathy Jahn, is turning 39 this coming Tuesday, February 18th. Okay, she may be a year or two older than 39, but I’ve been told it’s impolite to mention such things.

In hopes of giving her spirits a nice little pick-me-up, we are requesting that everyone and their mother, and brother, and friend’s brother and mother, send her a Birthday card.

Send it late, that’s okay. Don’t know her? Sent one anyways. Noticing a theme?

Let’s have her get as many Birthday cards next week as we can possibly manage. Her address is in the directory, but Pastor Matt is happy to email it to you if you don’t have it.

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God is not watching you from a distance

“As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

so shall your God rejoice over you”

Music:  “Abandon” by Kindling

 “Abandon!  Hear God rejoicing over you”

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Missionality, the beginning of the conversation

This last week we started what will be an ongoing dialogue about missionality and how that can affect our view of Church. Check out this first video and listen to my only somewhat rambling message.


Click play for my message on combining the best parts of “attractional” Church with “missional” Church

[audio http://tindeck.com/download/pro/dpyz/%5Btindeck.com%5D+-+Matt%2BRittle%2B-%2BMissional%2Bv%2BAttractional.mp3]
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