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Sermon-based small group study
St. Andrew’s parishioner Joe Enneking is developing study questions based on the Sunday sermons for use by those who wish to explore the sermon topic in further detail in sermon-based small group discussions, or individually. The questions will be available for download, generally on Sunday evenings, from here on our website.

2016

September 10-11

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for Sept. 11, 2016

First Reading: Exodus 32:7-14

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Gospel: Luke 15:1-10

August 20-21

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for August 21, 2016

First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Second Reading: Hebrews 12:18-29

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

 

August 6-7

Study Questions

Fr. Ed Steele's sermon for August 7, 2016

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Gospel: Luke 12:32-40

 

July 30-31

Study Questions

Fr. Wil Verhoff's sermon for July 31, 2016

First Reading: Hosea 11:1-11

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-11

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

 

July 23-24

Study Questions

The Rev. Ernie Tracy's sermon for July 24, 2016

First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32

Second Reading: Colossians 2:6-19

Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

 

July 16-17

Study Questions

Fr. Wil Verhoff's sermon for July 17, 2016

First Reading: Amos 8:1-12

Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-28

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42

 

July 9-10

Study Questions

The Rev. Ernie Tracy's sermon for July 10, 2016

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Second Reading: Colossians 1:1-14

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

 

July 2-3

Study Questions

Fr. Ed Steele's sermon for July 3, 2016

First Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14

Second Reading: Galatians 6:7-16

Gospel: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

June 11-12

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for June 12, 2016

First Reading: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, 13-15

Second Reading: Galatians 2:15-21

Gospel: Luke 7:36 – 8:3

 

June 4-5

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for June 5, 2016

First Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24

Second Reading: Galatians 1:11-24

Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

 

May 21-22

Study Questions

Fr. Ed Steele's sermon for May 11, 2016

First Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Gospel: John 16:12-15

 

May 7-8

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for May 8, 2016

First Reading: Acts 16:16-34

Second Reading:Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Gospel: John 17:20-26

 

April 30-May 1

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for May 1, 2016

First Reading: Acts 16:9-15

Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

Gospel: John 14:23-29

 

April 23-24

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for April 24, 2016

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18

Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6

Gospel: John 13:31-35

 

April 16-17

Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for April 17, 2016

First Reading: Acts 9:36-43

Second Reading: Revelation 7:9-17

Gospel: John 10:22-30

 

April 9-10
Study Questions

Fr. Vill Verhoff's sermon for April 10, 2016

First Reading: Acts 9:1-20
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19

 

April 2-3
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for April 3, 2016

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4-8
Gospel: John 20:19-31

 

March 19-20
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for March 20, 2016

First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56

 

March 12-13
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for March 13, 2016

First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Second Reading: Philippians 3:3b-14
Gospel: John 12:1-8

March 5-6
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for March 6, 2016

First Reading: Joshua 5:9-12
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11b-32

Feb. 27-28
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for Feb. 26 & 28, 2016

First Reading: Exodus 3:1-15
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Feb. 20-21
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for Feb. 20 & 21, 2016

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35

January 30-31
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for Jan. 30 & 31, 2016

First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30

January 23-24
Study Questions

Fr. Ed Steele's sermon for Jan. 23 & 24, 2016

First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Gospel: Luke 4:14-21

January 16-17
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Jan. 16 & 17, 2016

• First Lesson: Isaiah 62:1-5
• Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
• Gospel: John 2:1-11

January 9-10
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Jan. 9 & 10, 2016

• First Lesson: Isaiah 43:1-7
• Second Lesson: Acts 8:14-17
• Gospel: Luke 2:41-52

January 2-3
Study Questions

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Jan. 1 & 2, 2016

• First Lesson: Jeremiah 31: 7-14
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a
• Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

2015

December 5-6
Study Questions.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Dec. 5 & 6, 2015

• First Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4
• Second Lesson:Philippians 1:3-11
• Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

November 21-22
Study Questions.

Bishop Peter Beckwith’s sermon for Nov. 21 & 22, 2015

• First Lesson: 2 Samuel 23:1-7
• Second Lesson: Revelation 1:4b-8
• Gospel: John 18: 33-37

November 7-8
Study Questions. The Gospel lessen tells of the giving of offerings in the temple. The people went to the container where the offerings were gathered and placed their money into it. It was said that many rich people put in large amounts. A widow came and put in two coins, which would be worth 50 cents today. Jesus said that she had put in everything she had to live on.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Nov. 7 & 8, 2015

• First Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8-16
• Second Lesson: Hebrews 9:24-28
• Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

October 30-November 1
Study Questions. The children dressed in Halloween costumes today to represent the presence of good and evil in the world. Candy was distributed to symbolize the blessings that God gives to us.

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon for Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2015

October 24-25
Study Questions. The story of Bartimaeus is straightforward on the surface. It is simply another of the healing stories performed by Jesus. But the text gives us insights into what it means to become a follower of Jesus.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Oct. 24 & 25, 2015

• First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-9
• Second Lesson: Hebrews 7:23-28
• Gospel: Mark 10:46-52

October 17-18
Study Questions. The discussion continues among the disciples about who is the greatest. Earlier in Chapter 9, Jesus taught that the greatest among them was the one who served others the most. In this case, Jesus uses it to teach about humility.
The way James and John began their request reminds me of the way my young children ask me for things they wanted (not needed). They asked for a commitment before I even knew what they wanted. Jesus response was his standard one; he asked them a question. 

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Oct. 17 & 18, 2015

• First Lesson: Isaiah 53:4-12
• Second Lesson: Hebrews 5:1-10
• Gospel: Mark 10:35-45

October 10-11
Study Questions. The Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus in a mistake about interpretation of Scripture and asked him about divorce. Jesus normally answered a question like that by asking a question of his own. He asked what the Scriptures said about it. Instead of quoting the commandment about adultery, or the Genesis story about Adam and Eve, they brought up the section that said that a man could write a certificate of divorce and send her away.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Oct. 10 & 11, 2015

• First Lesson: Amos 5:6,7, 10-15
• Second Lesson: Hebrews 4:12-16
• Gospel: Mark 10:17-31

October 3-4
Study Questions. The Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus in a mistake about interpretation of Scripture and asked him about divorce. Jesus normally answered a question like that by asking a question of his own. He asked what the Scriptures said about it. Instead of quoting the commandment about adultery, or the Genesis story about Adam and Eve, they brought up the section that said that a man could write a certificate of divorce and send her away.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Oct. 3 & 4, 2015

• First Lesson: Genesis 2:18-24
• Second Lesson: Hebrews 1:14, 2:5-12
• Gospel: Mark 10:2-16

September 26-27
Study Questions. The portion of today’s Gospel lesson chosen for the proclamation was the verses having to do with getting rid of anything on our bodies that prevent us from achieving the plan that God destined us for. It is better to go trough life without them than to suffer in hell.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sept. 26 & 27, 2015

• First Lesson: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22
• Second Lesson: James 5:13-20
• Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

September 19-20
Study Questions. “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:37)

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sept. 19 & 20, 2015

• First Lesson: Jeremiah 11:18-20
• Second Lesson: James 3:13-4:3,7-8
• Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Sunday, September 13
Study Questions. Jesus asked the question: “Who do people say that I am?” Peter answered simply: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus also asked them who did they say that he was. The same thing is asked of us.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

• First Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9
• Second Lesson: James 3:1-12
• Gospel: Mark 8:27-38

Sunday, August 30
Study Questions. Martin Luther considered the letter from James a “straw epistle” because it spoke little about faith and the grace of God. However, it did contain a lot of practical advice about how to lead a good life. This lesson has to do with controlling the tongue.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, August 30, 2015

• First Lesson: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
• Second Lesson: James 1:17-27
• Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Sunday, August 23
Study Questions. The crowd had just participated in a feast of loaves and fishes and had followed Jesus in hopes of obtaining more food. Instead, Jesus said “I am the bread life” in a way that was offensive to some of the disciples.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, August 23, 2015

• First Lesson: 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-20
• Gospel: John 6:56-69

Sunday, August 16
Study Questions. John continues to record the words of Jesus concerning the body and blood of Christ being the bread of life.  In the previous verses, the word translated “bread” meant simply the kind of bread we eat at a normal meal. In these verses, a different Greek word is used meaning food that is eaten in a visceral manner similar to how wild animals eat.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, August 16, 2015

• First Lesson: 1 Kings 2:10-12,32:3-14
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 5:15-20
• Gospel: John 6:51-58

Sunday, August 9
Study Questions. In the Lord ’s Prayer, we say, “give us today our daily bread.” The basic idea of daily bread is simply a desire that we will never be hungry. The true Greek Translation would read, “That super substantial bread.” Today’s gospel lesson elaborates on the meaning and broad range of applications of that phrase.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, August 9, 2015 

• First Lesson: 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15, 31-33
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
• Gospel: John 6:35, 41-51

Sunday, August 2
Study Questions. Paul’s key sentence in this section of Ephesians is: “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” How can we know if we are achieving that goal and what tools has God given us to fulfill our calling? The description of a worthy life is given at the end of this passage, “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) We must stop and take account of how we are accomplishing that goal. 

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, August 2, 2015. 

• First Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:1-16
• Gospel: John 6:24-35

Sunday, July 25
Study Questions. The book of Ephesians is different from the book of Romans in that it uses the language of prayer rather than the language of Law. That is also the language of the Anglican Church through the use of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Rev. Ernie Tracy’s sermon for Sunday, July 26, 2015. 

• First Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:1-15
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 3:14-21
• Gospel: John 6:1-21

Sunday, July 12
Study Questions. The normal pattern for Mark is to give a brief story and then go on to another subject.  This reading is unusual because he provides a lengthy and detailed story of the death of John the Baptist.

The Rev. Ernie Tracy’s sermon for Sunday, July 12, 2015. 

• First Lesson: 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12-19
• Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-14
• Gospel: Mark 6:14-29


Sunday, June 14
Study Questions. Jesus uses two parables to describe the Kingdom of God. In the first one, a man scatters seed and day and night it grows and provides food. In the second one, a mustard seed, which is very small, grows into a large plant. The Kingdom of God is all around us, so close that we can reach out and touch it.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, June 14, 2015.

• First Lesson: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
• Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 
• Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

Sunday, June 7
Study Questions. The beginning of this passage describes Jesus entering a house and such a crowd gathered that the disciples were not able to eat. The family of Jesus saw what was happening and they said that Jesus was out of his mind and wanted to take charge of him. Later they understood his mission and his brother James became a leader in the church in Jerusalem.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, June 7, 2015.

• First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15
• Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 
• Gospel: Mark 3:20-35

Sunday, May 31
Study Questions. The Gospel related part of the Prayer of Jesus given at the Last Supper. It is the longest recorded prayer given by Jesus in the Bible. Jesus’ prayer in the garden before his passion was probably longer, but only a short portion of it is recorded. This prayer speaks of the close relationship between Jesus and the Father that is duplicated by our own close relationship with God.  

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, May 31, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
• Second Lesson: 1 John 5:9-13
• Gospel: John 17:6-19

Sunday, May 17
Study Questions. The Gospel related part of the Prayer of Jesus given at the Last Supper. It is the longest recorded prayer given by Jesus in the Bible. Jesus’ prayer in the garden before his passion was probably longer, but only a short portion of it is recorded. This prayer speaks of the close relationship between Jesus and the Father that is duplicated by our own close relationship with God.  

Mother Nanci James’ sermon from Sunday, May 17, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
• Second Lesson: 1 John 5:9-13
• Gospel: John 17:6-19

Sunday, May 10
Study Questions. The previous Gospel lesson spoke of the vine bringing nutrients to the branches so they could grow fruit.The most important ingredient for life of the plant is water. The most important ingredient for spiritual life is love. Today’s proclamation, also delivered by Jesus during the Passover feast, is about love. Just as the plant cannot live without water, our spiritual life will dry up with out the love of Jesus. 

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, May 10, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 10:44-48
• Second Lesson: 1 John 5:1-6
• Gospel: John 15:9-17

Sunday, May 3
Study Questions. Jesus used many examples of everyday living and working to explain the spiritual principles of God’s interaction with the human race. In the Gospel lesson today he proclaims that he is the vine and we are the branche,s and then goes on to compare the actions of the gardener (God) with the interactions between Jesus and his disciples.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, May 3, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 8:26-40
• Second Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21
• Gospel: John 15:1-8

Sunday, April 26
Study Questions. Good Shepherd Sunday occurs in the middle of the Easter season. Major celebrations make up the last half of the season Rogation, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity. The purpose of repetition is to remind us of the major doctrines of the Church and to give an opportunity for us to focus on the major concepts of our faith.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, April 26, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 4:5-12
• Second Lesson: 1 John 3:16-24
• Gospel: John 10:11-18

Sunday, April 19
Study Questions. In the Gospel Lesson, Luke reported the same story as we read last week from John’s Gospel. There were similar features of the two stories but in this one, it is recorded:  “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures, …” (Luke 24:45)  It is important that we read the Scriptures so that our mind can be open to what God wants to say to us.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, April 19, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
• Second Lesson: 1 John 3:1-7
• Gospel: Luke 24:36-48

Sunday, April 12
Study Questions. After the resurrection, the disciples were gathered together in a room with the doors locked. They were fearful. But when Jesus appeared to them, they were overjoyed. It was a very emotional day for them.

Mother Nanci James' sermon from Sunday, April 12, 2015.

• First Lesson: Acts 4:32-35
• Second Lesson:1 John 1:1 - 2:2
• Gospel: John 20:19-31

Sunday, March 29
Study Questions. There were two triumphant entries into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus came in on a donkey, similar to the entry of the New King Solomon. He was met with throngs of people cheering, waving palms and praising God. The other was that of Pontius Pilot, who entered with a legion of Roman soldiers to keep peace during the celebration of Passover. There were no great crowds to welcome him because the Jews basically hated being under the rule of Rome.

Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, March 29, 2015.

• Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9
• New Testament: Philippians 2:5-11
• Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47

Sunday, March 22
Study Questions.The Gospel lesson begins today with two Greeks wanting to see Jesus. They had heard of the recent triumphal procession and desired to know who he was and what was his story.  When Phillip and Andrew told Jesus about them, He responded and said His time had come to be glorified and then told related the fact in nature that if a kernel of  wheat fell to the ground, and died it would product many seeds. 

Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, March 22, 2015.

• Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34
• New Testament:Hebrews 5:5-10
• Gospel: John 12:20-33

Sunday, March 15
Study Questions. Today’s Gospel begins by referring to the story in Numbers about God healing the Israelites from snakebite if they would gaze on the bronze serpent placed on a pole in the wilderness. It was a symbol of Jesus on the cross. It is the act of Jesus on the cross that heals our spiritual darkness and gives us eternal life.

Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, March 15, 2015.

• Old Testament: Numbers 21: 4-9
• New Testament: Ephesians 2:1-10
• Gospel: John 3:14-21

Sunday, March 8
Study Questions. When Jesus went up to Jerusalem for Passover, he went into the temple and found men selling animals for sacrifice and moneychangers. He was angry and charged them with turning His Father’s house into a mall.

Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, March 8, 2015.

• Old Testament: Exodus 20: 1-17
• New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
• Gospel: John 2:13-22

Sunday, March 1
Study Questions. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and ate no food during that time. The length of Lent is also designated to be 40 days, during which we progress through the wilderness of our own individual sin.

Fr. Ron’s sermon from Sunday, March 1, 2015.

• Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
• New Testament: Romans 4:13-25
• Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Sunday, February 22
Study Questions. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and ate no food during that time. The length of Lent is also designated to be 40 days, during which we progress through the wilderness of our own individual sin.

Fr. Ron’s sermon from Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

• Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17
• New Testament: 1 Peter 3:8-22
• Gospel: Mark 1:9-15

Sunday, February 8
Study Questions. After Jesus preached in the Synagogue and healed the man possessed of a demon, he went to Peter’s house where he was told Peter’s mother=in-law was in bed with a fever. Jesus went to her, took her hand, helped her up and she was healed.  She then arose and began to wait on them.

Fr. Ron’s sermon form Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson:Isaiah 40:21-31

• New Testament Lesson:1 Corinthians 9:16-23

• Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

Sunday, February 1
Study Questions. This is the first time recorded in Mark’s gospel that Jesus began his teaching ministry, in Capernaum. A normal Jewish service began with prayers and singing and a reading from the Torah. Then there was a teaching, normally by the Scribes who were the learned men concerning the Scriptures. Jesus taught in a different manner.

Fr. Ron's sermon form Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson:Deuteronomy 18:15-21

• New Testament Lesson:1 Corinthians 8:1-13

• Gospel:Mark 1:21-28


Sunday, January 25
Study Questions. The primary ministry of Jesus was that of Rabbi. To carry out this ministry, a Rabbi needed to have disciples that he could teach and train. The Gospel lesson tells how Jesus chose his first disciples.

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson:Jonah 3:1-5,10

• New Testament Lesson:1 Corinthians 7:29-31

• Gospel:Mark 1:14-20

Sunday, January 18
Study Questions. The ways in which Jesus called his first disciples give us examples of evangelism opportunities. The primary message is “come and see.”

 • Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 20

• New Testament Lesson: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

• Gospel: John 1:43-51

 

Sunday, January 11
Study Questions. The Old Testament lesson introduces us to the Holy Spirit in the first verses of Genesis. The New Testament lesson tells a story about disciples in Ephesus receiving both the Baptism of John and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The gospel lesson tells of the baptism of Jesus by John and His empowering bu the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 1:1-5
• New Testament Lesson: Acts 19:1-7
• Gospel: Mark 1:4-11

Sunday, January 4
• Study Questions. This is the 11th day of the Christmas season. The 12th day is the feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the visit of the wise men to Bethlehem. In some societies, this day filled with parties and celebrations to honor the coming of Jesus into the world.

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

• Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 31:7-14
• New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19
• Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

 

2014

Sunday, December 28
Study Questions. Today’s study quetions are based on the St. Andrew's Choir's Christmas Cantata, "Darkness Into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey," by Mary McDonald, which was presented in lieu of the sermon at the 9:30 a.m. service. You may click here to listen to Fr. Ron Baird's sermon, which he preached at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services.

• Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 62:11-13

• New Testament Lesson: Galatians 3:23-2, 4:4-7

• Gospel: John 1:1-18

Sunday, December 14
Study Questions. The third Sunday in Advent is a celebration of Joy.  It represents the experience of the shepherds on Christmas when they angels proclaimed, “Joy to the World”. Paul Encouraged Christians to “be joyful always”.  During the Christmas season, when parking places are hard to get, some people get angry when someone else takes the spot they had in mind for themselves.  We should especially be joyful at Christmas.

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

• The Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11
• The New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
• The Gospel: John 1:6-9, 19-28

Sunday, December 7
• Study Questions. The first coming of Jesus, the incarnation has happened and we celebrate it this month.  However, the second coming is in the future and we have the opportunity of preparing for it personally just as John the Baptizer did for the first. The theme for this Sunday is to wait for the second coming, both personally and as a church.  We wait with hope and expectation, knowing that it will happen. 

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

• The Old Testament Lesson: Isaiah 40:1-11
• The New Testament Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8-15
• The Gospel: Mark 1:8

Sunday, November 30
Study Questions, based on Mark 13:24-37

• The Gospel Lesson: Mark 13:24-37

Mother Nanci James' sermon from Sunday, Nov. 30.

Sunday, November 23
Study Questions, based on Matthew 25:31-46.

• The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 25:31-36

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Nov. 23.

Sunday, November 9
Study Questions, based on Matthew 25:1-13. This is the section of Matthew’s gospel where Jesus is covering subjects about the end times. This parable speaks of the preparation for the coming of the bridegroom. In Jewish tradition a group of bridesmaids accompany the bridegroom to the wedding ceremony. In this parable, the bridegroom is late and it became dark before he arrived. Therefore the bridesmaids, to light the way, carried lamps. Jesus actually states that this parable is a depiction of the kingdom of heaven In Scripture, Jesus is identified as the bridegroom and the church is his bride. The bride is awaiting the coming of the groom just as the church awaits the second coming of Christ.
• The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 25:1-13
Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon for Sunday, Nov. 9.

Sunday, November 2
Study Questions. The children had dressed in Halloween costumes today to represent the presence of good and evil in the world. Candy was distributed to symbolize the blessings that God gives to us.

Halloween is intended to represent a holy celebration (that is why it is called hallowed). It is meant to celebrate the victories that saints have attained over the forces of Satan.  There is a spiritual battle being waged but only 60% of people in the U.S. believe in Satan and only 10% of them believe in individual demons.
Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, Nov. 2.

Sunday, October 26
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day: Deuteronomy 24:1-12;
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; and Matthew 22:34-36.
In the Gospel Lesson, the Pharisees ask Jesus a question, hoping to engage him in a theological discussion and trip him up. They ask which is the greatest commandment and he responds by quoting the Great Commandment, “Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all your soul and all your mind and all your heart.” The Pharisees were very learned in the Law and were the ones that were normally asked questions about it. They wanted to show Jesus that they knew more about the Scriptures than he did.
• The Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 24:1-12
• The New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
• The Gospel: Matthew 22:34-36
• Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, Oct. 26

Sunday, October 19
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day.
• The Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 33:12-23
• The Psalm: Psalm 99
• The New Testament Lesson: Thessalonian 1:1-10; and
• The Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22
Fr. Ron's sermon from Sunday, Oct. 19

Sunday, October 12

Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day: Exodus 32:1-14; Philippians 4:1-9; and Matthew 22:1-14. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he explains that God wants us to have a peaceful life and that there are things we can do to achieve that peace.  Who wouldn’t want peace in heir lives?
• The Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 32:1-14
• The New Testament Lesson: Philippians 4:1-9
• The Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Oct. 12

Sunday, October 5
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 The Gospel tells the parable of the landowner who planted a vineyard, built a wall for protection, dug a winepress and a watchtower. He then rented it to some farmers and only asked that they give him half the proceeds from the harvest. They refused to do that. Jesus than asked the crowd what he should do for the tenants.
• The Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
• The New Testament Lesson: Philippians 3:4b-14
• The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 21:33-46
Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Oct. 5, 2014.

Sunday, September 28

Studay Questions— Based on the lessons for the day: Exodus 17:1-7;Philippians 2:1-7; Matthew 21:23-32 The Gospel lesson was teh parable of the two sons. One son was eager to please his father and told him he would be glad to work in the vineyard but later chose not to. Another son said he would not go, but later chose to work for his father.  Jesus told this parable in response to the unwillingness of the Chief Priests and the Elders to answer whether John’s baptism came from heaven or from men.  They said they did not know. 
• The Old Testament lesson: Exodus 17:1-7
• The New Testament lesson: Philippians 2:1-7
• The Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, Sept. 28.

Sunday, September 21
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day: Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16. To die is to be with the Lord but to live is to be exposed to the evil and unfairness of the world. However, if we live, we have an opportunity to change the world through Christ.

Fr. Ron Baird’s sermon from Sunday, Sept. 21.

• The Old Testament lesson: Jonah 3:10-4:11
• The New Testament lesson: Philippians 1:21-30
• The Gospel lesson: Matthew 20:1-16

Sunday, September 14
Study Questions — Based on lessons for the day, Genesis 50:15-21; Romans 16:1-12; Matthew 16:21-35. The general theme of this week’s Scriptures is a continuation of Jesus' teachings about forgiveness. Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery.  Paul speaks of putting ourselves in the place of God by judging others, and Jesus tells a parable about a master forgiving a servant.

• The Old Testament lesson: Genesis 50:15-21
• The New Testament lesson: Romans 16:1-12
• The Gospel lesson: Matthew 16:21-35

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, Sept. 14.

Sunday, August 24
Study Questions —Based on the Gospel and New Testament lessons for the day, Matthew 16:13-20 and Romans 12:1-8. The Epistle lesson is taken from the practical application portion of the book of Romans.  The key verse is, “do not be conformed any more to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.  Then you will know who Jesus us and will be able to know the perfect will of God.

• The Gospel lesson: Matthew 16:13-20
• The New Testament lesson: Romans 12:1-8  

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, August 24.

Sunday, August 17
Study Questions — Based on the Gospel lesson for the day, Matthew 15:10-28. The Pharisees had asked Jesus why his disciples don’t wash their hands before they eat. Jesus then spoke about the difference between the commands of God and those of men.  It had to do with things clean and unclean. At the end of the lesson was the story of the Canaanite woman, who asked Jesus for healing of her daughter who was demon possessed. Jesus gave a teaching that what goes into a mouth does not make a person unclean but what comes out of a mouth does.  The disciples told Jesus that the Pharisees were offended (deeply shocked) by what he said.

• The Gospel lesson: Matthew 15:10-28

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, August 17.

Sunday, August 10
Study Questions — Based on the the Gospel lesson for the day, Matthew 4: 22-33. The disciples are caught in a storm.  They saw a form walking on the water, which turned out to be Jesus.  Peter had faith to step out of the boat when commanded by Jesus.  But as he began to sink, he needed the hand of Jesus to save him.

• The Gospel lesson: Matthew 4: 22-33

Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Sunday, August 10.

Sunday, July 27
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day, Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 128; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-22, 44-52. Romans Chapter eight is watershed of Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is the culmination of the theological portion and introduces the practical application part. The key verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to his purpose.”

• The lessons: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 128; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-22, 44-52

The Rev. Ernest Tracy's sermon from Sunday, July 27.

Sunday, July 20
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day, Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:1-11; and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. From the Old Testament lesson: While on a journey to escape the wrath of Esau and to find a wife among his kinfolk, Jacob stopped to sleep and had a vision depicting a ramp between earth and heaven on which he saw angels ascending and descending. He recognized that God was in that place and named it Beth-El, God’s dwelling place.

• The lessons: Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Pastor Jim Reeves' sermon from Sunday, July 20.

Sunday, June 29
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day, Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 10:40-42. The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ Our Lord. (Romans 6:23.) The sin of Abraham deserved death and God chose his son Isaac as the sacrifice. But by His grace, God provided a ram as a substitute. The wages of our sin is death but by His Grace God provided his only Son as the substitutionary sacrifice for us.

• The Lessons: Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42.

Fr. Ron's sermon from June 22, 2014, the Second Sunday in Pentecost (Proper 7).

Sunday, June 22
Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day, Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11 & Matthew 10:24-39.

• The Lessons: Genesis 21:8-21; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Fr. Ron's sermon from June 22, 2014, the Second Sunday in Pentecost (Proper 7).

Sunday, June 15
Study Questions — Based on the Gospel for the day, Matthew 28:18-20. The Scriptures contain many concepts called mysteries. This does not mean that they are things we cannot understand. God does reveal the general principles to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. In most cases, even though we cannot completely understand God, we can understand how these principles apply to our lives. This is true of the Trinity.

• The Gospel: Matthew 28:18-20

Fr. Ron's sermon from Trinity Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Sunday, June 8
• Study Questions — Based on the lessons for the day, Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; and Gospel: John 20:19-23. Pentecost is a day of Jewish celebration of both the anniversary of the Passover and the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses.  It is a huge celebration in Jerusalem and dries pilgrims from all over the known world.  It was the day God chose to fill his disciples with the Holy Spirit as he had promised on many occasions throughout the Scriptures.

• Fr. Ron Baird's sermon from Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Sunday, June 1
• Study Questions — Based on the gospel for the day, John 17:1-11. This is the beginning of Jesus’ high priestly prayer, and provides a pattern for our own prayers of intercession.

Sunday, May 25
• Study Questions — Rogation Sunday A day to recognize God's creation and to pray for the new life and the abundance of harvest; John 14:15-21
• Mother Nanci James' sermon from May 18, 2014
• Link to The Examen Video, a discussion on The Examen of Consciousness commended by St. Ignatius and referenced by Mother Nanci in her sermon.

Sunday, May 18
• Study Questions — "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; John 14:1-14
• Fr. Ron's sermon from May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 11
• Study Questions — May 11: I Am the Good Shepherd; John 10:1-10
• Fr. Ron's sermon from May 11, 2014.

Sunday, May 4
• Study Questions — May 4: He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread; Luke 24:13-35
• Fr. Ron's sermon from May 4, 2014.

Sunday, April 27
• Study Questions — April 27: Believe and trust in God; John 20:19-29
Fr. Ron's sermon from April 27, 2014
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