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On Call

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November 27, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Matthew 24:34-51, 25:1-46

In occupations such as medicine, maintenance, law enforcement and other emergency responders it is common to be 'on-call' for those jobs. Being 'on-call' as a condition of employment you are expected to, when called, to come to work - you report in. They may not like it when the phone rings when 'on-call', but those persons live their lives prepared for it. I thought about that in todays gospel lesson - living in preparedness. Last week our Bible verse spoke of the disciples excessive emotion about how beautiful the temple was and how Jesus pointed out that in time that temple would not be there. He wanted them to live preparing for the day when God will set all things right. Instead of dreading and fearing, for those of us that trust in Him, it's a day we long for. If you have had dealings with people who live in extreme poverty or unfair governments - they long for the day when things are set right. They thirst for that time when they don't have to turn around to a new injustice.

Gratitude

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November 20, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Luke 7:36-50

The last Sunday of the year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the last Sunday before Advent is Christ the King Sunday. In the early 1920s Europe had gone through a big transition. A lot of royal families governing had been done away with. Royalty largely went out of how government was led. People who had lived under royalty for government a long time worried about how their country would survive without royalty as the government. The church's response was that God was still our God and Jesus Christ still our King. I want us to focus on Thanksgiving because it's so central to what we do as people of faith.

Letting Go

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November 13, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Luke 21:5-19, Exodus 20, Luke 18, John 3

Brief history lesson - Moses led the people out of Egypt. Moses received the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. You can sit down in the comfort of your own living room and watch one television program and watch all ten violated. The commandments were so significant they guided the Hebrews in everyday life. They were nomadic so they built the ark to keep the commandments safe while traveling with them. At every major stop they put up a tabernacle - a mobile temple - to hold religious ceremonies, worship God and where the ark lived while in that spot. The tabernacle was at the center of communal life. Fast forward to King David. In an effort to unify the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah he declared tabernacle will always be here on the hill in the middle of Jerusalem. He wanted to built a permanent temple, but God told him no. Eventually King Solomon was allowed to build a temple. How many times was the temple thrown down since then? Then re-built? When is the time for letting go? This is not just for the Jewish people and their desire for a temple...

Who Do I Belong To?

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November 6, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Luke 20:27-38, Deuteronomy 25:5-10

The Saduccees and Pharisees continue to desire to find fault in Jesus. This Sunday's gospel lesson has them examining a rule about marriage that is pretty irrelevant, but brings to the forefront an extremely important question - who do you belong to?

Zacchaeus, A Wee Little Man?

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October 30, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Luke 18:9-30, Luke 19:1-10

Have you ever seen a movie with a bunch of guys in prison and there is almost alway a rat; who tells the jailers everything about everyone. That's Zaccheus. He was short and did need to see by climbing up a tree, but he also needed to be on guard because as a tax collector he was despised by pretty much everyone.

So Right...And Yet So Wrong

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October 23, 2022

Pastor Pat Montgomery

Luke 18:9-14

He is bright, well educated, very conscientious, responsible and capable. Definitely a leading citizen and a man of the church. Yet he just exudes a sense of superiority. Jesus, referring to the tax collector, says “I tell you that this man (the tax collector), rather than the other (the Pharisee), went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” ~ Luke 18:9-14

Here is the thing about the bright, well educated, very conscientious person. It is so easy to look at them and say, “Yes…I know that person too…I know someone just like that.”
But, if they are really as smart as we think they are (and they are), if they really seek to follow Jesus the way they believe they should, how can they be so blind to their excessive pride and self-confidence?