May 28 – Memorial Day Weekend – Pastor Rob will return to our pulpit with a message entitled “God Gives Us the Words,” based on Acts 1:6-14, and John 17:1-11. Just before his glorious ascension, the risen Christ called his followers “witnesses” and predicted that they should take his good news throughout the world. We continue to be witnesses to the reality and the fact of Jesus’ reign, first in Jerusalem, then in Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.
June 4 - Graduate Sunday – Pentecost Sunday
Pastor Rob’s sermon will be “Let’s Get Fired Up!” based on Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39. The Holy Spirit descends, disrupting our accustomed patterns and configurations, thrusting us into some wild, new, and uncharted territory. We are drunk with new possibilities of life in a world where God is active and the Holy Spirit empowers and dislocates us so that God might move us and our world toward God’s realm. We will celebrate Communion together, and recognize our 2017 graduates.
June 11 – Senior High Mission Trip Departs
Today’s texts are Matthew 28:16-20, and 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, and Pastor Rob’s message will be titled “Team Players!” In Matthew’s gospel, the risen Christ bids farewell to his disciples, promising to be with them until the end of the world, blessing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, sending them out into the whole world. The church is the people of God in motion. Disciples are lovers of God who are also obedient to God and who therefore are always willing to go where God commands.
June 18 – Receive New Members - Pastor Rob will offer a message entitled “Welcome to the Team!” as a new class of members joins our congregation. Our readings will be Romans 5:1-8 and Matthew 9:35-10:8. Jesus asks us to pray for more workers for the harvest, as he names his 12 disciples. Our Lord Jesus refuses to work alone. He calls ordinary people like us to assist him in his world-changing, kingdom inaugurating work. To be a Christian means to be someone who is willing to assist Jesus.
June 25 – Today we will welcome Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. Van Driel from Pittsburgh Presbytery as our guest preacher. His message will be based on Romans 6:1-11 and Matthew 10:24-39. Jesus gives warnings to his disciples of the difficulty and disruption that they will experience in working with him. Jesus disrupts our world. He disturbs our peace in order to bring us a new sort of peace. He intrudes into our settled arrangements in order to bring us something new. True, Jesus brings us a sense of peace, but not as the world gives. If we would be disciples of Jesus, we had better be prepared for disruption.