Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Sermon Series begins September 13th: Sound Transitions

We all go through transitions in life, where life was lived one way and then things change. How do we live well in the midst of life's transitions? How do we live when we experience a personal transition? A new job (or job loss), a new relationship, a broken relationship, a new child, the loss of a loved one, a new home--any of these scenarios and many others can be disconcerting and lead to wonder about the presence of God.

What does a transition mean for a congregation? When Pastor Allen recently departed after 20 years of ministry in Port Orchard, what feelings arose? What does Pastor Allen's departure mean for the ministry of FLCC? How will the people of FLCC continue to live faithfully? Some may say that ministry will suffer, and all kinds of things will change. Some may say that everything will go on exactly like before. Neither statements are fully true. Pastor Allen did not exist in a vacuum--there will be many changes in the wake of his departure. Some changes will be smooth, others will not.

The community of faith Israel offers many views on their way of life, including transitions they faced thousands of years ago. Some are observed in the lives of individuals, others more corporate. A symbol of Israel's transition toward the Promised Land is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was built under God's direction, a container to house the stone tablets of God's law and covenant while the nation of Israel lived in transition, both physical and spiritual. During the sermon series "Sound Transitions" we will look to some of the Bible passages addressing the Ark of the Covenant as a means to learn what is a "sound transition." I hope we can all gain insights from the Word of God for our personal transitions and the transitions facing FLCC. I look forward to our ongoing conversations.

Sermon Series: Sound Transitions

September 13, 2009
“We All Need A Place To Keep Our Stuff”
Deuteronomy 10: 1-5
2 Corinthians 4: 7-12
Matthew 14: 13-21

September 20, 2009
“Dashboard Jesus”
Numbers 10: 29-36
Acts 10: 9-16
Luke 9: 1-6

September 27, 2009
1 Kings 8: 1-8
Revelation 1: 4b-8
Mark 11: 1-11

October 4, 2009
“What You Discover In The End”
Jeremiah 3:15-18
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
John 10: 11-18

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