Speaker: Rev. Kate Davidson

Got Your Back

Charles Boyle and Jake Peralta are partners and best friends on the sitcom, Brooklyn Nine Nine. They always have each other’s backs, and this is especially true when Charles needs a Captain Latvia doll for his son for Christmas.

Pastor Kate explores their relationship and the connection to Jesus’ promise to the disciples to ask God the Father to send another Advocate to be with them forever.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
John 14:15-21

 

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Mistaken Identity

If you’ve ever been on a phone call with someone you know well, then you likely can identify who answers the phone simply the other person’s voice. Pastor Kate had an experience in which the person she thought she was speaking with may not have been correct. She then uses that story to examine Jesus’ claims in John 10 that the sheep know the shepherd by the sound of his voice.

Accompanying Scripture:

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What You Can’t See

You are an adult when you pay for things you can’t see. This is the newest marker of adulthood. Yet, sometimes it seems to be easier to understand why we should pay the electric bill than to believe in a risen God. Pastor Kate explores these ideas alongside the “Doubting Thomas” story.

Accompanying Scripture:
John 20:19-31


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Agony – April 3, 2017 Sermon

Jesus’ arrival in Bethany must have been agonizing for Mary and Martha, especially when Jesus arrives a day too late for there to be any hope of bringing their brother, Lazarus, back from the dead.

Sometimes waiting for God to show up in our lives is agonizing. God just doesn’t seem to show up when we want or expect. Pastor Kate explores these themes and the story of the raising of Lazarus.

Accompanying Scripture:

John 11:1-45


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Con-Men

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At least that’s the mentality we tend to live by. But the woman at the well in John 4 found something in Jesus she could trust – even when nobody else trusted her. God comes to us not as a con-man, but as one who fully sees us and loves us anyway.

 

Accompanying Scripture:
John 4:5-42


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“I Hate You”

I (Pastor Kate) have a very vivid memory of screaming, “I hate you,” at my mom. I think it only happened once, but it was enough to hurt my mom. But it’s also something I’m sure I’ve communicated to God more than once either through my actions or lack thereof – and I’m sure it doesn’t hurt God any less than it hurt my mom. Turns out God loves us in spite of our hate – that’s precisely the point of John 3:16-17.

Accompanying scripture:
John 3:1-17


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Perfect

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

It seems like a daunting task. Jesus’ admonition to be perfect just as God is – especially when it seems nothing is ever good enough.

Except that our understanding of perfect may not be the best way to understand this text. Maybe a better way is to think of it like how Gary Potter describes trying to get Happy Gilmore to putt a golf ball.

But you’ll just have to listen to the sermon to find out what that means.

Accompanying Scripture:
Matthew 5:38-48 


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Salt

Salt doesn’t taste very good on its own. It’s only really any good when it’s added to something else. So, when Jesus tells the crowd they are the salt of the earth, he wants them to flavor and preserve the world instead of keeping to themselves.

It’s time for us, the church, to heed Jesus’ words and enhance the flavors of the world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 58: 1-12
Matthew 5:13-20


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The Doing Comes From the Being

At a young age, Pastor Kate wrestled with what it meant to be a member of her family. She thought it might be because she fished with them.

It’s tempting to think Jesus chose the first four disciples because they fished— that he wanted them to follow him because of what they did. Except maybe that’s not entirely accurate.

The being does not come from the doing. Instead, the doing comes from the being. Pastor Kate explores this notion in relation to Jesus’ call that each of us follow him.

Accompanying Scripture:
Matthew 4:12-23


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Normal

Christmas is over and things have begun to return to normal. It’s easy to find ourselves in a fog of forgetfulness, consumed by the return to normal routines and busyness.

Just as it seems Mary and Joseph forgot who Jesus was in the midst of 12 years of normal. That is, until he gets left behind in Jerusalem and they begin to panic, searching for him everywhere except where he is.

In this sermon, Pastor Kate explores our forgetfulness in the midst of “normal” and Jesus’ response.

Accompanying Scripture:
Luke 2: 41-52


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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

8:00 AM (Traditional Service with Organ)
9:30 AM (Praise Service with Band)
11:00 AM (Blended - Piano and Organ)

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