FALL SERMON SERIES: BECOMING A

MATTHEW 25 CHURCH

What is a Matthew 25 church?
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities.
 
We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
 
As a Matthew 25 church we make a commitment to:
BUILDING CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY
DISMANTLING STRUCTURAL RACISM
ERADICATING SYSTEMIC POVERTY
 
 
Some links to Matthew 25 Bible Studies from PC/USA. PC/USA Matthew 25 Introduction
 

September 13, 2020

REV. DAVE CARPENTER

SERMON: Becoming a Matthew 25 Church
 
SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 1:26 & 2:7 &
Matthew 25:31-46
 

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MATTHEW 25 2

September 20, 2020

REV. LORA EAST

SERMON: Day by Day
 
SCRIPTURE:
Acts 2:42-47, John 17:17-24
 

NOTES

Happy Fall, y’all! Ok, it’s not official until next Tuesday, September 22, but I’m ready for cooler temperatures, fall colors, and frankly, for this current season to pass. Maybe you’re like me and are ready for 2020 to be over already! And yet we know that’s not how time works. Life is not lived well in pining for either the past or the future, but in learning to live in the present moment, holding the joys and struggles with God’s grace. I have been repeatedly sustained by the faith and encouragement of this beloved community over the past 6 months. Many of you have shared with us how much BPC has meant to you in this difficult season, and as we move into the fall, I trust that this body of Christ will continue to show up for one another, even while keeping a safe physical distance. Join us this Sunday as we continue to discuss being a Matthew 25 church with a focus on building community vitality. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)
Lora
 

SUNNY KANG

September 27, 2020

GUEST: REV. SUNNY KANG

Rev. Sunny Kang, is the Director and Senior Pastor of United University Church on 2208 S. Union Ave. 
 
BPC participates in the Thursday morning UCC Food Bank with Rev. Sunny.  
 
Biography: 
Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Served as a pastor in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California including several immigrant Korean churches, English speaking Chinese church, multi-ethnic as well as European North American congregations.
Was Assistant Chaplain at McAlester College, a community organizer as the National Staff of PCUSA and Grant program Manager of a national foundation making grants in the areas of empowering communities to break out of poverty.
 
Served on the writing team to write the first book that discussed Asian North American Ministry subsequent to immigration, and the faith based Anti-Racism training program for PCUSA.

October 4, 2020

World Communion Sunday

 

REV. DAVE CARPENTER

SERMON:  All God’s Children
SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 4:1-9, 1 John 4: 19-21
 
SPECIAL OFFERING:
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING
The Peace & Global Witness Offering encourages the church to cast off anxiety and fear, discord and division, and embrace our God’s mission of reconciliation to those around the corner and around the world.
 
50% of this Special Offering will go to Thanksgiving Baskets. More and more people are food insecure these days.  Please give generously.  
 
50% of this Offering supports the work for peace and reconciliation being done by Presbyterians across the globe.
 
 
Prayer:
Extend your peace to us, O Christ, that we might build places of kindness and generosity, reconciliation and compassion. May our gifts join our voices in blessing all of creation with your justice and peace, at all times, in all ways. Amen.