Burns Memorial United Methodist Church

William R. Morris

Preaching Plan: May 18th to September 24th


Date                             Scripture Passages                                                                                Sermon Title                                       


 05/18/14   Fifth Sunday of Easter

                                    Acts 7:55-60, p. 118, NT                                                                     Guest Preacher                        

                                    Psalm 31, p. 764-765, UMH

                                    1 Peter 2:2-10, p. 219, NT

                                    John 14:1-14, p. 102, NT

 (Stephen is stoned to death, trust in the Lord, God’s own people; Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life)


05/25/14   Sixth Sunday of Easter

                                    Acts 17:22-31, p. 129, NT                                                                   “The Advocate, the Spirit of Truth”                                

                                    Psalm 66, p. 790-791, UMH

                                    1 Peter 3:13-22, p. 220, NT

                                    John 14:15-21, p. 103, NT

 (Paul appeals to the Athenians, testifying to God’s love, suffering in the name of Christ, the promise of the Holy Spirit)

06/01/14   Ascension Sunday, Holy Communion, Community Meal

                                    Acts 1:1-11, p. 110, New Testament (NT)                                           “He Opened Their Minds”                                   

                                    Psalm 47, p. 781, United Methodist Hymnal (UMH)

                                    Ephesians 1:15-23, p. 181, NT

                                    Luke 24:44-53, p. 85, NT

 (Jesus ascends, praise to the Lord, Paul prays for the Ephesians, Jesus’ final instructions)


06/08/14   Pentecost, Combined Communion Service

                                    Acts 2:1-21, p. 111, NT                                                                                                          

                                    Psalm 104, p. 826-827, UMH

                                    1 Corinthians 12:3b-13, p. 163, NT

                                    John 7:37-39, p. 94, NT

 (Pentecost, praise God of Creation, gifts of the Spirit, Jesus speaks of the Spirit)


06/15/14   Trinity Sunday, Father’s Day, Special Offering: Peace with Justice Sunday

                                    Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a, p. 1, Hebrew Bible (HB)                                       “Commissioned and Sent”                                   

                                    Psalm 8, p. 743-744, UMH

                                    2 Corinthians 13:11-13, p. 175, NT

                                    Matthew 28:16-20, p. 32, NT

 (the story of Creation, praise God of Creation, Paul’s farewell, the Great Commission)


06/22/14   Second Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 21:8-21, p. 16, HB                                                                 Guest Preacher                        

                                    Psalm 17, p. 749, UMH

                                    Romans 6:1b-11, p. 146, NT

                                    Matthew 10:24-39, p. 10, NT

 (Hagar and Ishamael, to call on God, dead to sin and alive with Christ, the true meaning of following Christ)


06/29/14   Third Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 22:1-14, p. 17, HB                                                                 “Slaves to Righteousness”                                   

                                    Psalm 13, p. 746, UMH

                                    Romans 6:12-23, p. 146, NT

                                    Matthew 10:40-42, p. 10, NT

 (Abraham obeys God, a desperate call to God, obedience leads to eternal life, the reward of the righteous)


07/06/14   Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Holy Communion, Community Meal

                                    Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, p. 19, HB                                         “The Easy Yoke, the Light Burden”                                  

                                    Psalm 72, p. 795-796, UMH

                                    Romans 7:15-25a, p. 147, NT

                                    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, p. 11, NT

 (Rebekah and Isaac are married, the goodness of God’s king, Jesus saves us from sin, Jesus is the way to the Father)


07/13/14   Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 25:19-34, p. 20, HB                                                               “Seed Sown”                          

                                    Psalm 25, p. 757, UMH

                                    Romans 8:1-11, p. 147, NT

                                    Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, p. 13, NT

 (Esau and Jacob, asking for God’s grace, living in the Spirit, the parable of the Sower)


07/20/14   Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 28:10-19a, p. 24, HB                                                              “Good Seed”                          

                                    Psalm 139:1-12, p. 854-855, UMH

                                    Romans 8:12-25, p. 147, NT

                                    Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, p. 14, NT

 (Jacob’s future foretold, God’s intimate knowledge, children of God, the parable of the wheat and the weeds)


07/27/14   Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 29:15-28, p. 25, HB                                                               “Inseparable Love”                             

                                    Psalm 105, p. 828, UMH

                                    Romans 8:26-39, p. 148, NT

                                    Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, p. 14, NT

 (Jacob marries Leah and Rachel, praise for God’s covenant, God’s love in Christ, many parables of the Kingdom)


08/03/14   Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, Holy Communion, Community Meal

                                    Genesis 32:22-31, p. 29, HB                                                               “To Be Filled”                        

                                    Psalm 17, p. 749, UMH

                                    Romans 9:1-5, p. 148, NT

                                    Matthew 14:13-21, p. 15, NT

 (Jacob wrestles, seeking God’s favor, God’s chosen people, Jesus feeds the 5,000)


08/10/14   Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, p. 32, HB                                                        “The Son of God Alone”                                   

                                    Psalm 105, p. 828, UMH

                                    Romans 10:5-15, p. 149, NT

                                    Matthew 14:22-33, p. 15, NT

 (Joseph is sold into Egypt, praise for God’s covenant, God’s salvation is for all, Jesus walks on water)


08/17/14   Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Genesis 45:1-15, p. 40, HB                                                                 “Trying to Understand God’s Approach”                   

                                    Psalm 133, p. 850, UMH

                                    Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, p. 150, NT

                                    Matthew 15:10-28, p. 16, NT

 (Joseph explains to his brothers, unity in God, God’s mercy is for all, Jesus accepts the Canaanite woman’s faith)


08/24/14   Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, p. 47, HB                                                              “To Discern the Will of God”               

                                    Psalm 124, p. 846, UMH

                                    Romans 12:1-8, p. 151, NT

                                    Matthew 16:13-20, p. 17, NT

 (the story of Moses’ birth, God saves us, gifts from Christ, Peter understands Jesus as the Messiah)


08/31/14   Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Exodus 3:1-15, p. 48, HB                                                                    “Christian Attributes”             

                                    Psalm 105, p. 828, UMH

                                    Romans 12:9-21, p. 151, NT

                                    Matthew 16:21-28, p. 17, NT

 (God deputizes Moses, praise for God’s covenant, living in Christ, Jesus foretells his future)


09/07/14   Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Holy Communion, Community Meal

                                    Exodus 12:1-14, p. 56, HB                                                                  “Community”             

                                    Psalm 148, p. 861-862, UMH

                                    Romans 13:8-14, p. 152, NT

                                    Matthew 18:15-20, p. 19, NT

 (God creates Passover, praise for God’s Creation, love and salvation, Jesus teaches accountability)


09/14/14   Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Exodus 14:19-31, p. 58, HB                                                                “Every Knee and Every Tongue”                      

                                    Canticle of Moses and Miriam, p. 135-136, UMH

                                    Romans 14:1-12, p. 152, NT

                                    Matthew 18:21-35, p. 19, NT

 (God parts the Red Sea, Canticle of Moses and Miriam, accountable to God, Jesus teaches forgiveness)


09/21/14   Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Exodus 16:2-15, p. 60, HB                                                                  “God’s Divine Economy”                       

                                    Psalm 105, p. 828, UMH

                                    Philippians 1:21-30, p. 185, NT

                                    Matthew 20:1-16, p. 20, NT

 (God provides food, praise for God’s covenant, Paul explains suffering for Christ, parable of the laborers)


09/28/14   Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

                                    Exodus 17:1-7, p. 61, HB                                                                    “The Same Mind”                   

                                    Psalm 78, p. 799-800, UMH

                                    Philippians 2:1-13, p. 186, NT

                                    Matthew 21:23-32, p. 22, NT

 (God provides water, a history of God’s people, Paul asks people to be like Christ, parable of the two sons)



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