Over The Coffee - Sept 2017


As this next month begins we can't help but be overwhelmed with concern and care

for our brothers and sisters who have been upended by Hurricane Harvey. Millions of

people will find themselves still trying to get back to normal months and even years

from now. Donations can be made to North Baptist Church and designated for the relief

effort of our denomination and they will be passed on through the appropriate channels.

I have noticed that there are all kinds of other places to give – even in the coin boxes at

your local Panera restaurant. While God's mercy has worked to spare human loss, the

suffering of those effected will undoubtedly be great for a long time to come. Let us be

thankful for the way in which great good is being shown despite the terrible


As we come back to a normal schedule this fall, we will be looking at the Common

Lectionary texts for most of the Sundays. As we move into October we will have a

special month celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will

review some history and talk about the continual reformation that is taking place in our

own time as well. We are certainly at a crossroads in many ways and the issue of where

to go from here is alive today.

Common Lectionary Readings for September:

Sept. 3 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Sept. 10 Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

Sept. 17 Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Sept. 24 Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:37-45, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

Scripture and Messages for September

Sept. 3 Matthew 26:17-35 “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Sept. 10 Matthew 18:15-20 “The Power of Two”

Sept. 17 Matthew 18:21-35 “On Failing to Follow Our Example”

Sept. 24 Matthew 20:1-16 “The Logic of God's Grace”


Summer is essentially over! Midweek Bible Study begins on Sept. 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Cy