“Heart Issues are Hard Issues” Sermon Series Has Begun

A sermon series on racial healing in the church and for the community: Join us through November 1, as we seek the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and power to be our best selves as Christ’s ambassadors to a sin-fallen world; and specifically to address racial issues that are in the forefront today, carrying the message of His cross into purposeful conversations and active engagements with people who are different from us. 

Below is the upcoming schedule for the pastors participating in this series. Pastor Dupre’s sermon will be delivered on September 27.  Pastor Dupre will be delivering each pastor’s sermon for SOTC on the assigned Sundays.

September 27 (Proper 21); 17th Sunday after Pentecost

     Text: Phil. 2:1-4 (5-13), 14-18

     Book Chapter: 3 – Who Is My Neighbor?

     Title: Whom Shall I Love and Whom Shall I Fear?

     Preacher: Brian Dupre

October 4 (Proper 22); 18th Sunday after Pentecost

     Text: Phil. 3:4b-14

     Book Chapter: 2 – Who Is the Real Enemy?

     Title: Bringing the Fruit of His Steadfast Love

     Preacher: Michael Grannis

October 11 (Proper 23); 19th Sunday after Pentecost

     Text: Phil. 4:4-13

     Book Chapter: 4 – We Are One in Christ

     Title: We Are One in Christ

     Preacher: Gabe Kasper/Robert Brooks

October 18 (Proper 24); 20th Sunday after Pentecost

     Text: I Thess. 1:1-10

     Session 5: What Can I Do?

     Title: Healing for Deep Afflictions

     Preacher: Richard Robinson

October 25 (observed); Reformation Day

     Text: Rev.14:6-7

     Session 5: What Can I Do?

     Title: It Just Takes One Word – “No One Is Left Out!”

     Preacher: Pastor Avers

November 1; All Saints’ Day

     Text: Rev.7:(2-8) 9 -17

     Session 6: Building a Foundation of Trust

     Title: Reconciliation Out of Tribulation

     Preacher: Bertram Lewis

In addition, there is an In Person/ Virtual Conference on October 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Church has a more defined role to play in the present racial unrest. The unrest has exposed prejudices and biases which are exhibited in many ways. The Gospel-confessing Church—pictured by Jesus in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (ESV)—has the privilege and responsibility of pushing forward with all the members of the body of Christ to educate about, and work to heal, the racial injustices that exist in society and, because we are sinners, in the Church as well. Join us on October 15 to learn together more about being a light to the world as we move forward in these tenuous times, praying for—and working towards—racial healing.

Please note: those who choose to attend this conference in person are required to wear a mask and adhere to proper social distancing protocols.

In the event we are unable to hold events with up to 50 people or more, we will look to gather either by circuits or all attend virtually. All registered attendees will receive the live stream link in the “Before You Go” email. Clink on this link or go to: https://michigandistrict.org/event/heart-issues-are-hard-issues/#overview for more information on registration, scheduling locations and speakers.