Wisdom Strange and Wonderful
Sermons by Rev. Stephen M. Wellman July-September 2011
“Riches With Eternal Returns” (Matthew 5:29-30) “Cast away the hand that offends from you” Visual: Stones released into reaffirmation of baptism waters.
“Adorned Like a Bride” (Matthew 7:6) “Do not Cast Pearls to Swine” Visual: Pearls displayed in a treasure trove/prayer box where names of difficult relations were placed.
“Refusing to Accept Less” (Mark 11:12-14) “Cursing of the Fig Tree” Visual: A potted fig tree. (To be planted on church property following sermon series. A second tree planted at Parsonage.)
“Light Uncontainable” (Luke 11:29-30) “No Sign Will Be Given to You” Visual: Advent Candles and candle light service at conclusion of service (Christmas in July celebration)
“Where Dreams Come From” (Matthew 15:21-28) “Not Right to Give Bread to the Dogs” Visual: Hand painted dogs placed on communion table/Healing Shafur for anointing service that followed (Youth Sunday)
“Measure Every Moment” (Luke 12:4-12) “The Unpardonable Sin” Visual: The Discipleship that calls us forth from the chair (New Year’s in August celebration, Covenant Service at Conclusion)
“Passionate Vision” (Mark 4:11-12) “They May be Seeing but Never Perceiving” Visual: Valentine Hearts Capturing Eyes of the Heart (Valentine’s Day in August celebration)
“Locked in Arms as One” (Luke 16:16, 22:36) “Taking the Kingdom with Force” Visual: Love’s Strong Cord
“Until” (Matthew 26:23-25, John 6:70) “The Character of Judas” Visual: Burlap sack filled with coins
“A Way Made Near” (Luke 13:22-30) “Narrow is the Way/Many are Called, Few are Chosen” Visual: Garland/Tinsel signifying celebration