The Courage to Sacrifice

From our service on March 21, 2021, a sermon by Pastor Eric Stetson. Watch video below.


Every year, before Easter, Christians call to remembrance the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Brothers and sisters in Christ, it’s that time of year when the memory of the crucifixion of Jesus draws near. Holy Week is only one week away, so let us begin to reflect upon the circumstances that led to his martyrdom and its significance.

March 21, 2021 Service: “The Courage to Sacrifice”

It’s not easy to stand up for what’s right when you know it might cost you your comfort, your freedom, or even your life. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for his beliefs. What are we willing to do? In this week’s service, we focus on the courage to sacrifice for our faith — and we honor the memory of Chu Ki-chol, a Korean Christian minister who stood up against Japanese imperialism and died as a martyr.

Commitment

From our service on February 21, 2021, a sermon by Pastor Eric Stetson. Watch video below.


Today is the first Sunday of Lent, a 40-day season of sacrifice leading up to Easter in the Christian liturgical calendar. Lent commemorates the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the wilderness of the desert before beginning his mission, according to the Gospels [e.g. Matt. 4:1-2].

To fast for 40 days is a big commitment. This year, for Lent, I’d like to ask all who are watching or reading this sermon to make a much smaller, but very important commitment: to wear a mask whenever you’re around other people. In fact, I’d like to ask you all to wear two — a surgical mask on the inside, and a cloth mask on the outside. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, double-masking in this way increases protection from the Covid-19 virus from under 50% with just one mask to a remarkable 90% or greater rate of protection with two masks.

February 21, 2021 Service: “Commitment”

During Lent, many followers of Jesus make conscious sacrifices or commitments to become more righteous in the path of Christ. In our service this week, we focus on the theme of Commitment — an essential virtue for spiritual progress, or for any kind of success in life. We also honor Richard Allen, a former slave who was so committed to the cause of equality that he founded a new Christian denomination.