SERMON SCHEDULE January 3: “On Numbering Our Days”: Psalm 90; 2 Peter 3:1-13: The changing of the year calls us to reflect on the passing of time, and what that means for us. Though we carry eternity in us if we are of Christ, still we are subject to the vicissitudes of times. Yet, God holds all our times in his hand. 30 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past 598 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah 600 He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought!
January 10: “Suffered Under Pontius Pilate”: Matthew 27:1-2, 11-23; Psalm 53 (Trinity Hymnal, p. 805). In addition to Jesus and Mary, the only other human being mentioned in the Creed is Pontius Pilate! Why is his name in the Creed, and what does that phrase mean? 7 From All That Dwell below the Skies 163 At the Name of Jesus 173 Praise Him! Praise Him!
January 17: “Crucified, Dead, Buried”: Psalm 22:1-22 (Trinity Hymnal, p. 790); 1 Cor. 1:18-2:5). At the center of Christian faith is the crucifixion. The cross remains the international symbol of the Christian faith. What is at stake in the cross? 122 God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory 252 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 263 Lift High the Cross
January 24: “To Hell and Back”: Psalm 18:1-19 (Trinity Hymnal, p. 789); Ephesians 4:1-10. Perhaps the most confusing line of the Apostles’ Creed is the statement about the descent into hell? What does this line in the Creed mean? Why is it there? How has it been understood by Christians, and how are we to understand it? 246 Man of Sorrows! What a Name 249 ‘Tis Midnight; and on Olive’s Brow 524 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ
January 31: “The Third Day”: Psalm 116 (Trinity Hymnal, p. 827); 1 Cor. 15:1-11). The resurrection of Christ is not something we celebrate merely one day a year. It is at the heart of every Lord’s Day worship service. 14 New Songs of Celebration Render 275 The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done 278 That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
February 7: “Ascended and Seated”: Psalm 47 (Trinity Hymnal, p. 803); Luke 24:50-53; Ephesians 2:4-10: What does it mean that Jesus “ascended into heaven” and even now “is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty”? Christ’s ascension is not some ethereal doctrine that does not touch us in our daily life. Christ has ascended for us and even with us. 296 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name! 295 Crown Him with Many Crowns 289 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
February 14: “The Return and Judgment”: Psalm 98 (Trinity Hymnal p. 820); Acts 1:6-11: Christ is returning, and in his return there will be a great judgment. How can the prospect of his return be for us a joy to long for, rather than an event to dread? 316 The Mighty God, the Lord 320 Rejoice, All Ye Believers 156 O Lord, How Shall I Meet You