SERMON = The secret of ministry with internationals (Genesis 18)

Sermon = The secret of ministry with internationals
Text = Genesis 18
Second Sunday of Pentecost (A)

Note = After 18 years of serving as pastor of Church of the Nations… this is my very last sermon.  

Theme = Secret of ministry with internationals is it is not different or separate from ministry with Americans.

Google Slides presentation 

Introduction

  • June 1999
  • Seminary student and his wife and 2 young children
  • Travel from Virginia
  • To visit a church in Baton Rouge
  • Probably the church will vote and call this person to be their pastor
  • That Sunday was 2nd Sunday of Pentecost – year A
  • Bible reading was Genesis 18
  • Bible reading for 1st sermon
  • Same as Bible reading for last sermon
  • And the Lord appeared to Abraham… when he is sitting at the entrance of the tent during the heat of the day
    • Last December in Christian life magazine
    • Article about a global perspective of Christianity
    • About different churches + people
    • Who minister with internationals
    • At the end of the interview
    • I tell Susan Brown
    • Deep beautiful powerful secret of ministry with internationals
  • Almost everything that is important, that works in ministering with internationals applies to ministry with Americans
  • Many American churches and Christians do not realize this
  • What is good for internationals
  • Is good for Americans
  • Slow down
  • Speak simply
  • Come to my house for lunch
  • Let us be friends
  • Does UBC show CON the life + work of the Christian church?
  • As much as CON shows UBC this is how you do church
  • Perfectly? No – but in many ways
  • This is Christianity
  • What CON is and does is what every Christian church should be and should do
  • We see much of that in our Bible story from Genesis 18

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Lections = 2nd Sunday of Pentecost (A)

Texts_02PentecostA_20170618 (PDF)
Texts_02PentecostA_20170618 (DOCX)

Ed = The exact same Bible readings aka lections when we first came to Baton Rouge back in June(?) 1999 in “view of a call”. No kidding.

Hebrew notes = Psalm 100

Psalm 100 for alone (PDF)
Psalm 100 for alone (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Psalm 116

Relatively short and simple. Go figure.

Psalm 116 (PDF)
Psalm 116 (DOCX)

Hebrew notes = Genesis 18

Phew! Longer than expected. Who wrote this??? “For alone” means notes intended for my classical Hebrew class at Louisiana State University – which I cleaned up and revised for more personal use.

Genesis 18 for alone PDF
Genesis 18 for alone DOCX

Volunteer! at English Conversation – Friday June 16

Note = (1) Do not bring young children to English Conversation. We have good reasons for this rule. (2) If you have a name tag… bring it.

Feed the hungry, save the animals, raise money for cancer research, and so on. Several years ago a graduate student from China said she was impressed by how much “volunteerism” is part of American culture. Many Americans give up time, money, and energy to help all sorts of different causes and organizations. Come learn and talk about volunteerism, practice your English, and learn about American culture at English Conversation this Friday June 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Ro and Dawn Ryan
10348 Rustic Oak Drive, 70810

(Not completely sure this is the correct house. Rick has been here once.)

You can drive yourself or ask for a ride. Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Thursday if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride.

  • Extremely important! Note new and updated times when we can stop to pick up people! The “old” schedule has too much time between some of the stops. We almost never go to Edward Gay apartments (no one who lives there needs a ride).
    • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:55 p.m.
    • Highland Plantation (now The Hub) bus stop (the bus stop that is not next to WalMart) at 7:00 p.m.
    • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 7:05 p.m.
    • The Oliver (4600 Burbank Road) the bus stop in front of the apartments at 7:10 p.m.
    • (For a long time we do not have anyone in Tigerland or Brightside who needs a ride. If you live there and need a ride… let us know.)
    • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:15 p.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:20 p.m.

Directions from Louisiana State University (a little tricky – bring map and directions):

  1. Drive southeast on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Oak Hills (turn into Oak Hills neighborhood)
  3. Turn right onto Pastureview (very important! do not miss this!)
  4. Turn right onto Lazy K
  5. Turn right onto Rustic Oak
  6. Look for house 10348 on the right

Map of 10348 Rustic Oak Drive 70810 at Google Maps

SERMON = The gospel according to animals (Genesis 1)

Sermon = The gospel according to animals (or) The intrusion of heaven, part 2
Trinity Sunday (A)
Text = Genesis 1 (and 2)

Google Slides presentation 

Theme = Purpose for which God made humanity + places us in the world and how our relationship with creatures reflects the gospel and salvation in Christ

Ed.Not the most biblically or theologically precise sermon I have delivered. To a large extent I was having fun. On a more serious note – the reason I love animals so much is largely because of the theology outlined in this sermon.

Introduction

 

  • Two? Two different Beanies Boos?

 

  • I can only eat one Happy Meal
  • I mean… my daughter can only eat one Happy Meal at a time
  • The manager laughs and smiles
  • Because she knows
  • Two weeks ago I begin a quest
  • To collect all the Beanie Boos
  • That McDonald’s puts in the Happy Meals for children
  • 15 different small Beanie Babies
  • Of different animals
  • Including a rhinocerous!
  • So I go to McDonald’s every day
  • For 2 weeks
  • And try to collect all the different Beanie Boos
  • For my daughters
  • And then a worker tells me
  • She has all 15
  • What? How? How did you do that?
  • She just buys the toys
  • You do not have to buy a Happy Meal
  • You can buy only the toy for $2
  • Oh

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind[a] in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,[b] and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

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FYI = Science Saturday! at LIGO Livingston – Saturday June 17

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard remember the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

Bonus = Dr Gonzalez will speak tonight at at the Highland Park Observatory for the monthly meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Starting at 7:00 p.m. She probably does not start speaking until ~ 7:30 p.m.

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tours of LIGO are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much. Tomorrow the theme for Science Saturday will be “balancing science”. I have no idea what that means.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away – usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

For Sunday = Purest thing in the world

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Important announcement from the pastor Rick Wright

I am genuinely sorry if you learn this news through a post on our website. We want to tell all of you in person. It is not possible because of our schedule this month . We decided to wait until after Sunday June 4th to share this with you our dear friends.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1)

Eighteen years ago our family answered the call of God on our lives and moved from Virginia to Louisiana. It was in some ways a foreign land that has become our home. And only the call of God can make us leave our ministry with internationals through Church of the Nations and University Baptist Church. Several weeks ago a whisper during my evening prayer time became an unexpected call to “go” to a new place. It is with sadness and gratitude we share with you that the call of God is clear, and he is leading us to a new place of service for his kingdom. Rick will serve as pastor of another church near Baton Rouge.

It is a great gift of God to work with Church of the Nations. We have built friendships with people from all over the world. And have had the honor of working with the best team of volunteer ministers. To work with Church of the Nations is to swim in an ocean of joy.

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