Summer Sermon Series: Parables of Disney

July 12: The Lion King, Hakuna Matata.  Hakuna Matata means no worries, but what happens when we take this philosophy a little to far and hurt others?  We will explore the Lion King through the lens of the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.

July 19: The Lion King,  Remember Who You Are.  In the Lion King, Simba forgets and feels separated from who he is: his father’s son and the true lion king.  Sometimes we forget who we are: beloved children of God made in the image of God.  Sometimes we forget Paul’s words in Romans 8:35-39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love.  So what does it mean for Simba and for us to remember who we are?

July 26: Finding Nemo, Just Keep Swimming.  Sometimes life gets tough.  Dory’s advice to Marlin in Finding Nemo is that when you are going through something scary and difficult “just keep swimming.”  Often times that is easier when we, like Marlin, have someone to swim alongside us.  Ruth’s words to her grieving mother-in-law, Naomi, in Ruth 1:16-18 show just how important companionship is when swimming through dark waters.

August 2: Finding Nemo, Living with Uncertainty.  In Finding Nemo, Marlin must learn how to live with the knowledge that he cannot keep his son safe at all times and ensure that nothing ever happens to him.  After loosing his children, in Job 43:12-17 Job chooses to have more children and must also live with the knowledge that life is full of uncertainty and risk.  Sometimes those uncertainties can be crippling, but like Job and Marlin we must find a way to live in the midst of uncertainty.

August 9: Youth Mission Sunday.  Hear the youth share their experiences serving other with love, growing in faith, and celebrating community at Sierra Service Project this summer!

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