Ordinary Time –  Summer 2018

Continuing our year in the Lectionary
July 1 – August 19, 2018

Between Pentecost and Advent, the Christian calendar observes “ordinary time”, a season of faithfully following Jesus in the everyday moments, the weeks and months between high holy days.

Message line-up:

7/1
Updates from Around the World
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Updates from Artisan’s missionaries in Asia and from our delegates to the ECC Annual Meeting

(Lamentations 3:22–33)
7/8
The Reluctant Leader
Carrie Starr
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A sermon about David being a leader before he ever had the title and our need to take initiative on the things God calls us to do, even when we doubt our human ability to do so. Struggling does not mean we aren’t effective or obedient!

7/15
Tender Twigs and Strong Cedars
Pastor Scott Austin
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The words of the prophet Ezekiel remind us that God can take that which is weak and vulnerable and turn it into something strong and mighty that will provide shelter for others. Take heart and be ready!

7/22
Christ our Peace
Kristen Brown
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In Mark 6 we see people gather around Jesus to experience the tangible manifestation of God’s kingdom. In our violent, divisive world, what would it mean to offer the tangible manifestation of God’s kingdom to the world? This week we’ll look at Eph. 2:11–22 and consider what it means to be a living representation of the peaceable kingdom of God.

7/29
What happens when there aren’t any sides?
Pete Strub
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Artisan member Pete Strub will share from the lectionary about King David, moving past the warfare mindset of Christianity and the struggle to maintain a passion for God/Jesus/faith when that happens.

8/5
Craving Proof
Pastor Scott Austin
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After Jesus’ miraculous feeding of 5,000 people, he goes away by himself. The crowd follows him, and when they find him, they question him, revealing their true motivations.

(John 6:24–35; Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15; Psalm 78:23–29; Ephesians 4:1–7)
8/12
Where God Was Not
Pastor Scott Austin
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Where we expect to find God, we often find God absent. Sometimes we are left alone in the silence. In times like these, can we do as the Psalmist says and “Bless God at all times?”

(1 Kings 19:4–13; Psalm 34:1–8; Ephesians 4:25–5:2)
8/19
Wisdom and Fear
Pastor Scott Austin

The words of scripture continuously call us to be wise. In fact, there is a whole category of books of the Bible called “wisdom” literature! The wisdom literature of the Bible also calls us to fear God. But what does this mean, and is it consistent with the message of Jesus? Answering these questions will require wisdom.

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