Sermon Introduction –
This Sunday we continue in our stewardship program, “Stories of Giving.” Pastor Steve Simpson will preach his sermon, “Stories Close to Home.”
The following is a brief introduction to Pastor Steve’s sermon: How does your stewardship make a difference in our church and our local community?
Introduction to this week’s readings
In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.