Worship & Sermon Series
Living God's Story
One thing that makes a great story even better is the potential to find ourselves in it. It becomes our story. That's certainly true of God’s story! This summer we’ll break open some of the best known and least known stories found in the pages of the Bible. In them, we’ll discover the truth about God and the truth about ourselves. And because stories shape our lives and fire our imaginations, each week we’ll be challenged to not only hear the story, but live it!
The CROSS reminds us that we are “gathered” by the Holy Spirit who calls us together at the foot of the cross. The heart of our life together is the person of Jesus—who he is and what he has done for us. We do not move up toward God. God comes down to us. God gathers us into his presence to give us his gracious gifts. God speaks to his people, and we, in turn, respond through prayer, praise and service. Kindred Lutheran Church places a high priority on God’s Word, prayer, Biblical preaching, engaging worship, and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
GROWING THE CHURCH
MAY 27 (PENTECOST) | Acts 2:1-21
At Pentecost, the church was born as the gift of the Spirit was given. This same Spirit continues to resurrect and recreate the Christian church throughout the world. What will it take to grow the church?
HIDING FROM GOD
JUNE 3 | Genesis 3:8-15
Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit and then go into hiding. They assign blame to everyone but themselves. They even blame God. How do we hide from God, and why?
JUNE 10 & 13 | Isaiah 6:1-8
In a great vision, the prophet Isaiah describes what it’s like to be in the presence of God. This is a picture of what it means to worship. How do we see God at work today?
SOWING AND GROWING
JUNE 17 & 20 | Mark 4:26-34
Jesus uses parables to teach complex concepts to his followers so that they not only understand, but act. What do we need to know about the Kingdom of God in order to be followers of Jesus?
CALMING THE STORM
JUNE 24 & 27 | Mark 4:35-41
Jesus demonstrates his power over all things, including evil and chaos, by calming the sea. As individuals and a church, there are many stormy seas. How can we experience the power of God in our lives?
BLESSING ABRAHAM AND SARAH
JULY 1 | Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; 18:1-15; 21:1-7
Three visitors come to Abraham and Sarah. They bring God’s promises that are far beyond anything they can comprehend. These promises create a covenant relationship between the people of Israel and God. How can we live as if we're blessed to be a blessing?
CHEERING FOR QUEEN ESTHER
JULY 8 & 11 | Esther 4:12-17 and 7:1-10
Queen Esther is able to use her influence to save the people of Israel from destruction by Haman. When Mordecai faces the command to bow before Haman, he refuses. How can we be loyal to God and not bow to false royalty?
VISITING MARTHA AND MARY
JULY 15 & 18 | Luke 10:38-42
Sisters Mary and Martha have very different personality types, and we see this vividly in this story. Sitting and listening to Jesus can be as good a decision as working hard to make Jesus’ visit comfortable. How can we strike a balance between worship and service?
MARCHING AROUND JERICHO
JULY 22 & 25 | Joshua 6:1-20
There are many troublesome texts throughout the scriptures. In this text, God tells Joshua that it’s time to take over the city. What do we do when texts seem to say that God will destroy others on our behalf? Does God really kill our enemies?
FEEDING FIVE THOUSAND
JULY 29 | John 6:1-21
This is one of many “signs” that Jesus performs in the Gospel of John. These signs reveal who Jesus is, and the nature of the One who sent him. How could this miracle take place today?
PROVIDING FOOD IN A FAITH CRISIS
AUGUST 5 & 8 | Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
It’s amazing how quickly the people of Israel forget the saving work that God did for them: freeing them from slavery in Egypt. But, once again, God provides exactly what they need. What do we need God to provide for us?
LEADING LESSONS BY DEBORAH
AUGUST 19 & 22 | Judges 4:1-5:31
Just like last week’s text, this story says that God tells Deborah to take 10,000 men to Mount Tabor. There God will defeat the king’s army and the Israelites will be free. This would be the most difficult of times to be a leader, but Deborah’s leadership brings about 40 years of peace. How can we be more effective leaders in our church and community?
AUGUST 26 & 29 | Jonah 1:1-4:11
When we hear Jonah’s name, we often think of a big fish. But there’s so much more to the story. What happens when we know what God wants us to do, and we don’t do it? Did those sailors in the boat really think they could appease an angry God by throwing Jonah overboard? How are we faithful to what God wants us to do?
SEPTEMBER 2 | Ruth 1:1-22
Naomi lives with her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, at a time of a severe famine. Believing life would be better with the rest of Naomi’s family, they set out for that place, but Orpah turns back. Ruth demonstrates her love for Naomi by saying, “your people will be my people.” When we make a promise, how do we keep it?