This Coming Sunday

Polyphony
: a musical composition with two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody
: consisting of many voices or sounds

Words are powerful. We use them to share ideas, to voice feelings and concerns, to connect with each other. Words are easy to misunderstand. They can harm as well as help. The same word can convey different meanings to different persons in different situations. The same word spoken by many voices can create confusion and build barriers. In these sermons, we work to “remaster” some common words we use as Christians. For some, their meaning has been distorted by disparate voices and damaging use. Join us as we reclaim these words–for good. 

April 22, 2018

Preacher: Senior Pastor Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli

Sermon: Believer

Text: Psalm 119:64-74; Acts 5:12-21 

Psalm 119:64-74

64 The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes.

65 You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

67 Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word.

68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.

69 The arrogant smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.

70 Their hearts are fat and gross, but I delight in your law.

71 It is good for me that I was humbled, so that I might learn your statutes.

72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

73 Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. 

Acts 5:12-21

Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.  None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

 Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.  But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, "Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life." When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 


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