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August 2nd- "Blessing the Bread"
Scripture: Matthew 26: 26-30
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this
is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he
gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood
of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of
sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from
now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s
kingdom.” 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of
July 26th- Was Jesus Racist?
Scripture: Mark 7: 24-30
24 Jesus left that
place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.[a] He entered a house and did
not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little
daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26
The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to
drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 “First let the children eat all
they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s
bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs
under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For
such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went
home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
July 19th "Loving God, Loving Others"
Scriptures for today-
2 Romans 13: 11-12,
do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for
you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now
than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
2 Chronicles 7: 14
(If my people,
who are called by my name, will humble
themselves and pray and
seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven, and I will forgive
their sin and will heal
John 4: 19 - 21
because he first loved us. Those
who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The
commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.)
Today's message is brought to you by Laura Levin and Margaret Pasholk, members of our church.
July 12th "Where Do We Go From Here?" based on Isaiah 25: 6 - 10.
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.
9 In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” 10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled in their land as straw is trampled down in the manure. 11 They will stretch out their hands in it, as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim. God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness[a] of their hands. 12 He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground,
to the very dust.
Our guest speaker is Corinne Quinn. She has been a lifelong (45 year) resident of Vallejo and
lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. She will be sharing
thoughts on what she hopes life will be like after the dual pandemics of
Covid-19 and social injustice are over.
June 21st- Fight, Flight, Freeze, Frustrate
Scripture: John 8: 2-11
New International Version (NIV)
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people
gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of
the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They
made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this
woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us
to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this
question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.But Jesus
bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When
they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let
any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at
her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At
this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones
first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no
one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said.“Then neither do I
condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Pastor Wendy references the following in her sermon on June 7th.
Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
Wendy found this podcast enlightening. It articulates five systems
that interweave together that prevent discipline and transparency for
officers who violate policies.
Pastor Wendy made reference to the following in 5-17-20 week's sermon:
the Honoring God in One Another Class, we shared this video of how to
respond to everyday racism. It is an example of how to be an advocate
and use your voice for justice and love.
Click here to view the You Tube video.