Stronger, Higher, Faster

“Stronger, Higher, Faster”: The motto of the International Olympic games is “Stronger, Higher,
Faster,” representing the drive of the games toward unprecedented athletic feats. Yet, watching
such feats highlights the relative blandness of the account of life that we are offered in our
culture; we are invited into boredom, average, status quo, and a ‘good enough for today’
mentality. As Christians, God calls us to a higher purpose, one in we as the people of God have a
mission that has been our mission ever since God called Abraham all those years ago. Over
against the call of the world, our call as Christians is a life that is “stronger, higher, faster,” filled
with purpose no matter our life circumstances. The book of Jeremiah offers a glimpse of this
calling to us, and so, for six weeks at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, our sermons will focus on
our readings from this prophetic book and the topic of God’s call on our lives as the people of
God.
August 21
Jeremiah 1.4-10; Psalm 71.1-6; Hebrews 12.18-29; Luke 13:10-17
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to the Nations”
August 28
Jeremiah 2.4-13; Psalm 81.1,10-16; Hebrews 13.1-8,15-16; Luke 14.1,7-14
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo – “Called to Repentance”
September 4
Sacrament of Baptism
Jeremiah 18.1-11; Psalm 139.1-6,13-18; Philemon 1.1-21; Luke 14.25-33
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Mercy”
September 11
Celebration of a New Ministry
Numbers 11.16-17,24-25a; Psalm 146; Romans 12.1-18; John 15.9-16
Sermon by Bishop Keith Andrews
September 18
Jeremiah 8.18-9.1; Psalm 79.1-9; 1 Timothy 2.1-7; Luke 16.1-13
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Sorrow”
September 25
Jeremiah 32.1-3a,6-15; Psalm 91.1-6,14-16; 1 Timothy 6.6-19; Luke 16.19-31
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Hope”

Walking the Way of Jesus

The most common invitation of Jesus to people he meets in the gospels is “Follow me” (see
Mark 2.14, Luke 5.27, John 1.43, among others). This call to follow is the pattern of the
Christian life lived for the past two thousand years, obeying and learning to discern where Jesus
is calling us to follow. Although our cultural context has changed much from those who heard
this earliest call, the one we follow does not change, and therefore we can learn from the way
that those earliest disciples followed Jesus in his earthly ministry. Our sermons for 8 weeks in
the summer will explore the stories in Luke of disciples following Jesus, his call to live in his
kingdom, and to see how we are still called to follow him today, in a series called “Walking the
Way of Jesus.”
June 26
2 Kings 2.1-2,6-14; Psalm 77.1-2,11-20; Galatians 6.1-6; Luke 9.51-62
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
July 3
2 Kings 5.1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6.7-16; Luke 10.1-11,16-20
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
July 10
Amos 7.7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1.1-14; Luke 10.25-37
Sermon by Josh Gough
July 17
Amos 8.1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1.15-28; Luke 10.38-42
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
 July 24

July 24Hosea 1.2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2.6-19; Luke 11.1-13

Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
July 31
Hosea 11.1-11; Psalm 107.1-9,43; Colossians 3.1-11; Luke 12.13-21
Sermon by Jason Waller
August 7
Isaiah 1.1,10-20; Psalm 50.1-8,22-23; Hebrews 11.1-3,8-16; Luke 12.32-40
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
August 14
Isaiah 5.1-7; Psalm 80.1-2,8-19; Hebrews 11.29-12.2; Luke 12.49-56
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes

The Baptized Life

Lessons and Sermons
May – June 2016
On Sunday May 29 we plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at Holy Spirit Anglican
Church. This event gives us the opportunity to ask the following question: What kind of life are
we baptized into as Christians? Beginning on the 29th and continuing on the three Sundays
following our sermons will answer this question in a series entitled “The Baptized Life”.
May 29
1 Kings 18.20-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1.1-12; Luke 7.1-10
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo
Sacrament of Baptism
June 5
1 Kings 17.8-16; Psalm 146; Galatians 2.15-21; Luke 7.11-17
Sermon by Ron Short
June 12
1 Kings 21.1-21; Psalm 5.1-8; Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 7.36-8.3
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes
June 19
1 Kings 19.1-15; Psalms 42 and 43; Galatians 5.13-25; Luke 8.26-39
Sermon by Jeremy Spain

The Parenting Children Course

“How do we get our children from birth to the kind of people God wants them to be?  How can we develop family identity?  How can we meet our children’s deepest needs?  How and where do we set boundaries?  How can we pass on our values to our children?”  The Parenting Children Course is a five-week course which seeks to give parents the space to begin to answer these questions.  Each session is based on a DVD video presentation and includes times for couples to discuss, as well as a table discussion.  Childcare will be provided.

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.