09/10/23 Weekly Worship

We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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September 10, 2023 | 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Pastor Tim Mitchell


Jesus was a Jew, and all his first disciples and followers were Jews. This is the first time the Gospel is offered to a non-Jew. Most sermons will focus, and rightly so, on revealing that all humans are equal before God. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This is a beautiful message to preach! But I want us to note Peter’s radical change—moving from the belief that all non-Jews are ‘unclean’ or unacceptable to God to all being acceptable and loved by God.

How did Peter—a person so misguided in his thinking find his way to what is good and acceptable? That’s the question I want to put before you this morning. It is an important question for each of us because we are all on a journey of discovery, are we not? Not one of us here has all the questions answered or has perfectly discerned the will of God. If we use the metaphor of a garden, plants need tending. Maybe they need pruning—maybe some ideas we previously held need to be removed and replaced.

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