Trending: A Sermon Series
Looking at How God's Spirit Works in the World
May - August 2017
by Rev. Alex Lang
In the Scriptures, Jesus tells us that with the Holy Spirit, we can carry God with us wherever we go in the world. At the core of our next sermon series, entitled Trending, is this notion that God is in everything we do. As you know, certain topics and events really strike a chord with people in their hearts. Often, the news media and social media reflect, or magnify these trends. We pick up on trends in our world today when we follow, or pay attention to, how many people are reading and sharing about a particular topic on social media.
This spring and summer, we will zero in on these trending topics to take a closer look at how God’s Spirit is operating through these events in our world.
One other element that makes this series unique is that we will be using the Scripture passages assigned by the lectionary to support our sermons. The lectionary is a book, or listing, that contains a collection of Scripture readings appointed for Christian or Judaic worship on a given day or occasion. Many churches around the world follow the lectionary Scriptures prescribed for each Sunday.
Our lectionary (also known as the Revised Common Lectionary) was produced by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT). At the time the lectionary was compiled, the CCT was composed of representatives from a variety of different denominations, including our own.
Since we believe God’s Spirit was present when these men and women created the Revised Common Lectionary, we also believe that those Scriptures have the capacity to intersect with the trending topics of the moment.
In other words, the pastors will have to decode how God is working in the world through these Scripture readings. You would be surprised at how often the Scriptures for a given Sunday line up with and reflect what is happening in the world.
We are looking forward to bringing you this series and trying to understand the broader scope of how God is working in our world and in our lives.