- Pastor Dwight and Kathy as they conclude their time with us and prepare to move
- The Pastoral Search Committee, as they complete their first stage of the search process
- Connie Backstrom, Dolores Sessler’s daughter, who is seriously ill in Seattle.
Luke 15:11-32 (click to display NIV text)
Aug. 18, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson
“. . .he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
““But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –- it is by grace you have been saved.” — Ephesians 2
I remember beginning my first sermon in Jamestown, New York, in the summer of 1975. That day was really the beginning of the journey in ministry. I began by saying it might be appropriate to start with an old Swedish saying that I learned from my father: “Vell, here ve go, now.” What began then has now come to completion, but not to an ending. In Christ there are completions; of tasks, of callings along the way, but there are no endings. His love endures forever.
We did not get all the way to the end of Luke in this series, so we conclude with the parable of the Lost Son, which is not the end of the Gospel, but is the heart of the Gospel. Read more
Luke 15:1-10 (click to display NIV text)
Aug. 11, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson
“Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ ”
Some of the authorities were not happy with Jesus because he ate with tax collectors and sinners, two of the main groups of what would have been considered “lost” people. Kenneth Bailey explains that an invitation to a meal was an offer of peace, trust, brotherhood and forgiveness. Jesus was not only eating with sinners, he was welcoming them, even honoring them.
So Jesus tells them a story about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. The theme is the determination of God to find the lost. Read more
If you have been traveling occasionally this summer, you might have missed hearing some of Pastor Dwight’s final sermons. They are all available here on the Web site; you can use the following link or click on the word SERMONS in the right rail (under CATEGORIES) to get the complete list.
- The Pastoral Search Committee as they get closer to reviewing prospects
- Joe and Andra Dalton and Kajsa on her baptism day
- Corban Chang as he is baptized
- Phil and Jane Nelson as they celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary
- Covenant Point Triathlon participants as they raise money for special needs camping.
Greetings from your Starter Kit Ministry team,
We thank you and give our Savior His due glory for your generosity! Our bathroom towel request yielded ten bath towels from you, which allowed us to pack ten personal kits for our Starter Kit Ministry. Thank you, thank you. We were also able to pack four household boxes.
The needs are great for the poor. Please consider one of the many ways that you may contribute: