August 29, 2021

Rev. Doretta Colburn

"The Definition of Faith"

In-Church Service

“Faith and action are no good apart. One inspires the other.” Kendra Tillman

James 1:17-27  New Revised Standard Version

 

17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

 

18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.

21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

 

22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.

 

23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24 for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.

 

25 But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

 

26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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August 22, 2021

Rev. Doretta Colburn

"Dressing the Part"

In-Church Service

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Ephesians 6:10-20  -  New Revised Standard Version

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

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August 15, 2021

Rev. Doretta Colburn

"Making the Most of Our Time"

In-Church Service

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.” Thomas J. Watson

Proverbs 9:1-6

New Revised Standard Version

Wisdom’s Feast

9 Wisdom has built her house,
   she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
   she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
   from the highest places in the town,
4 “You that are simple, turn in here!”
   To those without sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
   and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Lay aside immaturity,and live,

 

Ephesians 5:15-20

New Revised Standard Version

15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 

17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 

19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

WCC Virtual Choir: Nearer My God to Thee

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August 8, 2021

Rev. Doretta Colburn

"The Essence of Community"

In-Church Service

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

– Coretta Scott King

Ephesians 4:25-5:2  New Revised Standard Version

Rules for the New Life

25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.

29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

 

5 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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August 1, 2021

Rev. Doretta Colburn 

“Bread for the Journey”

In-Church Sermon

LECTIONARY READINGS

John 6:24-35   New Revised Standard Version

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

 

26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

 

27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

 

28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”   29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

 

30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?

 

31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

 

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

 

33 For the bread of God is that which[a] comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 Breathe on Me Breath of God

Vocal reprise by Jane Morse

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"One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” Lao Tzu