The Drama of Scripture

Stories have great power; we live our life by them, we watch movies of them, and we often desire to see ourselves as part of a larger story.  This five-week course will explore that Bible as a unified and unfolding story, one which explains and affirms our own desire for narrative in our lives, and one in which we can take up our part as one of the characters, finding forgiveness, purpose, community, and hope.

No Ordinary People

 

Easter 2016

 

In his sermon “The Weight of Glory” preached in 1941, C.S. Lewis made this observation: “There are no ordinary people.” During the Easter season at Holy Spirit Church our sermons will focus on some of the “ordinary people” that we read about in the life of the early Church as described in the Acts of the Apostles. By doing this we discover that the resurrection life offered to us by Jesus Christ means that there are indeed no ordinary people!

 

 

March 27: Easter Day

Acts 10.34-43; Psalm 118.14-24; 1 Corinthians 15.19-26; John 20.1-18

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

April 3: Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 5.27-32; Psalm 118.14-29; Revelation 1.4-8; John 20.19-31

Sermon by Justin Mann

 

April 10: Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 9.1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

April 17: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 9.32-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7.9-17; John 10.22-30

Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo

 

April 24: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 11.1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21.1-6; John 13.31-35

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

May 1: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16.9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21.22-22.5; John 14.23-29

Sermon by Jack Davenport

 

May 8: Sunday after the Ascension

Acts 16.16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22.12-21; John 17.20-26

Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo

 

May 15: Day of Pentecost

Acts 2.1-21; Psalm 104.24-35; Romans 8.14-17; John 14.8-17

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

May 22: Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8.1-4 and 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5.1-5; Joh n 16.12-15

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

 

Lent Class Offering

Anglican Spiritual Practices

The season of Lent is time for many people to practice a spiritual discipline in order to draw closer to God. Some of the disciplines the Book of Common Prayerencourages are praying daily, studying, confessing sins, fasting, and giving to the needy. But why should these practices be limited to Lent? In this class we will learn the what, why, and how of several spiritual disciplines that open our lives more to God during Lent and beyond.

Lent Class Offering

The Mystery of the Trinity

One of the great mysteries of the faith is the doctrine of the Trinity.  This mystery is so great that many of us leave it by the wayside as either dull or too complicated to understand.  However, as theologian Michael Reeves, whose book we will use for the class, writes, “The irony could not be thicker; what we assume would be a dull or peculiar irrelevance turns out to be the source of all that is good in Christianity.  Neither a problem nor a technicality, the triune being of God is the vital oxygen of the Christian life and joy” (Delighting in the Trinity, 18).  This course will discuss what we believe about God as triune as we look at how this doctrine impacts our understand of God, of creation, salvation, and our spiritual life.

Lent Sermons

“I have a word for you…” This year during Lent at Holy Spirit Anglican Church the sermon each Sunday will focus on Words for the Journey – a word taken from the lessons for that day that expresses a crucial idea for the Christian life. Each sermon will unpack that word for the week and apply it to us in a way that opens us to a deeper relationship with the Lord.

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Great Hymns of the Church

Great Hymns of the Church

Great hymns of the church, taught by Fr. David Montzingo and Jenkin Clark. In this class we will  take a look at several of the popular hymns that Christians have sung in different ages and the reasons they have stood the test of time. This look will include the author of the words, the composer of the music, the message of the hymn itself, and its use in the worship of the church.

The Journey of Jonah

The Journey of Jonah

The book of Jonah is deceptively simple.  It can easily be read in a few minutes, and summarized in a sentence.  Yet beneath the surface this book confronts us, as the readers, and invites us to answer hard questions about our own stance toward God and those whom He loves.  This class will explore the story and structure of this well known book, as well as how it points us to Jesus Christ.  The class will run for five weeks and will meet from 11:30am-12:30pm on Sundays after our service and community lunch.  The book will be explored using an inductive Bible study method.

The Spirit of Jesus

Epiphany 2016

For many people, the Holy Spirit is not the third person of the Trinity but an impersonal force. For Jesus and for the New Testament writers, the Spirit was not a force but a person: he is the continued presence of God among us, not in flesh but in spirit. During the season after Epiphany our sermons will focus on the Spirit of Jesus at work in us, in the Church, and in the world.

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Christmas Sermons

Songs of Celebration

The season of Christmas is a time to rejoice and sing. The Messiah has been born and in him God is with us. During Christmas our sermons will focus on Songs of Celebration: biblical passages that overflow with hope and joy because of what God has done and is doing now.

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Advent Sermons

The season of Advent is a time for waiting. Along with Israel we wait for the coming Messiah; 2000 years after his birth we wait for his return at the end of the age. During Advent our sermons will focus on Songs of Expectation: hymns and biblical canticles that help us wait for the Lord to act in time and space.

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