Meet Pastor Joanna Mitchell. She is the associate pastor of Shepherd of the Hills in Edina, Minnesota. Below is her post on January sixth's story of Matthew 2:1-23, on passing down the faith, and how this all intersects with "Why Jesus?" Mitchell writes: When I entered the ministry, I read studies, heard sermons and attended … Continue reading Faith, January 6, and Why Jesus?
Hello Why Jesus Friends: Just a quick post, to upload the "Why Jesus? Project Logo. Thanks to Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN for their creativity with this logo. Here is a PDF of the Logo: why jesus logo There is a png.file available as well but please request it at email@example.com. What … Continue reading Why Jesus? Logo
The Why Jesus? Project for Epiphany 2019 has Sunday School curriculum, themes for each week, a video series and confirmation material, music, sermon ideas and children's sermons, and now has a Coloring Book. (For the home page, click on the Why Jesus? logo at the top of this page.) Each Sunday, there is what we … Continue reading Why Jesus? Coloring Book
Week #9 is Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 16:24-17:8 Theme: Jesus gives a difficult assignment, take up your cross, lose your life. Who wants to be a loser? Then, Jesus gives these disciples a glimpse of glory and a change of heart. On the mountain they hear an echo of God claiming … Continue reading Sunday, March 3 – Why Jesus?
Week #8 is Sunday, February 17, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 14:13-33 Theme: In a familiar story Jesus feeds a crowd of hungry people. Then, in a moment of crisis, Jesus is there again. Peter is afraid and Jesus offers his hand to rescue. Why Jesus? Because Jesus is trustworthy. Video Intro: In this video is … Continue reading Sunday, February 24 – Why Jesus?
Week #7 is Sunday, February 17, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 13:24-43 Theme: Both good and evil reside in every human heart. In the parable of the wheat and the weeds, Jesus says "let them both grow together." At harvest, we keep what is good and throw out the rest. We hear two more parables … Continue reading Sunday, February 17 – Why Jesus?
Week #6 is Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Theme: It's a lofty expectation for Jesus to say don't judge, because humans judge. Jesus sets high expectations for his followers to live an exemplary faith. Jesus also knows that we're going to fail. In the midst of these expectations sits grace, … Continue reading Sunday, February 10 – Why Jesus?
Week #5 is Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 6:7-21, [25-34] Theme: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Jesus teaches us to pray from the heart with an authentic voice. Don't try to impress or outdo, but pray with honesty and humility. In other words, the real you. Why Jesus? Because … Continue reading Sunday, February 3 – Why Jesus?
Week #4 is Sunday, January 27, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 5:1-20 Theme: In this familiar piece of poetry, Jesus promises God's favor to the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted. We can each find … Continue reading Sunday, January 27 – Why Jesus?
Week #3 is Sunday, January 20, 2019 - Narrative Lectionary Story: Matthew 4:1-17 Theme: Jesus is tempted by the devil, enduring 40 days of this trial, angst and conflict. In the end he trusts in God, not the allure of the devil's promises, giving hope to people enduring darkness every day. Why Jesus? Because Jesus is light. … Continue reading Sunday, January 20 – Why Jesus?