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SERMONS

ADMIRAL
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Current Theme: Strength In Weakness

LATEST SERMON

June 3: Guest Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss
Mark 2:23-3:6


 "Then He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath". - Mark 2:27


SERMON ARCHIVE
This Month

Current Theme:
          Strength in Weakness

The Power of Failure for Spiritual Growth


June 10: Our Weakness Reveals God's Strength
2 Corinthians 4:5-12


“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us." - 2 Corinthians 4:7


June 17: Staying Connected to the Eternal
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1


“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day." - 2 Corinthians 4:16


June 24: Our Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:11-21


“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17


The Christian story is, in many ways, one of failure rather than success. When viewed through the lens of achievement and merit, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is dangerous non-sense, threatening our hard-fought identites, our sense of accomplishment and pride, and our status in a world that often seeks to tear us down. And that is exactly the point. Join us for a walk through Paul's thoughts on weakness and true strength from his second letter to the church in Corinth, a church struggling to make sense of the Gospel while steeped in a culture of "success".

SERMON ARCHIVE
Last Month

Previous Theme:
          Getting Back to Basics

Kernels of Wisdom from John's Gospel


May 27: Trusting God Enough
to Be a Newborn Again

John 3:1-17


“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." –John 3:8


May 20: Receiving from God
What the World Cannot Give

John 16:5-13a


“And when the Advocate comes, the world will be proven wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment…” –John 16:8


May 13: Becoming One
as a Divided People

John 17:11-16


“Holy Father, protect those You have given Me in Your name, so that they may be one, as We are one.” –John 17:11b


May 6: The Challenge of Abiding in God's Love
John 15:9-17


“As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; abide in My love.” –John 15:9


During May, we asked ourselves, what  is Jesus really asking of us? What are the "basics", and how can we get back to them? To focus our search, we spent time in the farewell discourse in John’s Gospel, where Jesus lays out His final thoughts before His betrayal and execution. We also considered the most frequently quoted piece of Christian Scripture (John 3:16) within its larger context, helping us come away with a renewed understanding of being "born again". I encourage you to read each passage and ask yourself, “how do these words of Jesus help me get back to basics when I’m lost in the weeds?”


UPCOMING

SERMON SERIES

July 15, 22, and 29th Admiral will be spending time during and after worship discussing another of the most taboo topics in our culture: death. Pastor Andrew's sermons will serve as a jumping off point for our Grave Talk café discussions after worship. 


July 15: How do we grieve AND stay healthy? And what about grieving the loss of a loved one BEFORE they die?


July 22: How can we choose both hospice and hope? On what basis do we make decisions about the end of life, for us and for others?


July 29: How do we want to be memorialized? What if we don't have an ancestral homeland or family cemetery? Who is the memorial or the monument for?


LENT 2018
ALL-CHURCH READ

Practical Resources for Real Freedom

"The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society."
                                                                               -from Google Books


Click Here to Read Excerpts from Breathing Underwater Used in Worship