Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Palm Sunday – Year A
The Passion of our Lord according to Matthew

 

Transcript:

This Palm Sunday, as with every Palm Sunday, we hear the Passion story. This year, it’s from Matthew’s gospel. Instead of having it in our worshiping sanctuary and hearing it from many adult voices, we have a virtual Zoom version, told in the voices of our teens from Church of the Servant. I don’t know about you, but for me it holds even more meaning hearing it in their voices and knowing that they came together to do it for us as a worshiping community.

A couple of days before the taping of that Passion story, I got a text from Jesus’s mom. Read the rest of this entry »

Fix Our Hearts

March 29, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday in Lent – Year A
Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Collect for the 5th Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Sermon Transcript:

Hi everyone. I hope you’re doing well. And more than that, I hope you’re being safe. As we are embarking on the challenges that come with a brand new virus that no one has an immunity for, we have to take extra precautions. And one of those is for us to suspend worship together for a time. So while we aren’t gathering in person, I’m thankful we have ways to gather virtually. Read the rest of this entry »

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

3rd Sunday in Lent – Year A
John 4:5-42

(gospel text provided below)

Not part of my vocabulary just five days ago, I’ve now used the phrase social distancing at least a dozen times in the past twenty-four hours. In response to concerns about the spread of the new COVID-19 virus, we’re embracing the call to limit in-person social interaction in the hope of “flattening the curve” (another newly adopted term) of the virus’s reach. And while social distancing may be new to our vernacular, its existence is as old as time. Perhaps not so much the mitigating risk kind we’re enacting today, but the kind that results when we exclude others because of who they are, what they’ve done, or how they live.

The story told in John’s gospel about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman demonstrates social distancing on multiple levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

2nd Sunday in Lent
John 3:1-17; Psalm 121

Listen here:

 

Sermon Transcript

“Indeed, God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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