Summer Preaching Schedule

The Old Testament’s Greatest Stories

God speaks to us in the Bible. In the Bible, we discover God’s own words and mighty acts in human history witnessed, passed along orally, written down, and copied through thousands of years.

The Old Testament, the first part of the Bible is Jewish literature written before the birth of Jesus. The Old Testament covers creation to about three hundred years before the birth of Jesus.

The Hebrew Scriptures include stories about creation, a great flood, the Jews escape out of Egypt, David and Goliath, and lots of other dramatic narratives. In these books, God establishes special relationships with people like Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, the people of Israel, and us today.

The first part of the Bible also includes songs, poetry, prayers, preachers calling for justice, and prophecies about a coming Messiah. These readings tell the dramatic story of a chosen and gifted people who lived through some of the most tumultuous periods of world history.

As our United Methodist Church declares: “The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation.”

  • May 5: “In the Beginning: The Creation” (Genesis 1:1-2:4 and Psalm 33)
  • May 12 (Mother’s Day): “Why Did Adam and Eve Eat That Apple?  The Fall” (Genesis 2:25-3:23 and Psalm 130)
  • May 19: “The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark” (Genesis 6-9 and Psalm 46)
  • May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend): “Our Spiritual Grandparents: Abraham and Sarah” (Genesis 12-22 and Psalm 115)
  • June 2: “Sibling Rivalry: Joseph and His Brothers” (Genesis 37-50 and Psalm 105)
  • June 9: “The Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2 and Psalm 104)
  • June 16 (Father’s Day): “Liberation from Slavery: Moses and the Exodus” (Exodus 1-18 and Psalm 124)
  • June 23 (Annual Conference Sunday): “The Ten Commandments” (Exodus 19-20 and Psalm 19)
  • June 30: “Joshua and Rahab” (Joshua 2 and Psalm 107)
  • July 7 (July 4 Weekend): “Deborah” (Judges 4-5 and Psalm 124)
  • July 14: Celebration of the Ministry of The Reverend Erma M. Bond, Local Pastor
  • July 21: “The Greatest King: David” (1 Samuel 15 – 1 Kings 2 and Psalm 23); Guest Preacher
  • July 28: “David’s Great-grandmother” (Ruth and Psalm 42)
  • August 4: “The Wisest King: Solomon” (2 Kings 2-11 and Wisdom of Solomon 7)
  • August 11: “The Forgotten Woman” (Esther and Psalm 42)
  • August 18: “The Prophet of Pain: Job” (Job 1, 2:1-10, 23:1-17, 38:1-7, 42:1-17 and Psalm 25)
  • August 25: “The Bible’s Songbook” (Psalms)
  • September 1: (Labor Day Weekend; Ann in England): TBD
  • September 8: (Ann in England) TBD
  • September 15: (Homecoming) Special Preacher
  • September 22: “The Prophet of Judgement: Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81)
  • September 29: “The Greatest Prophet: Isaiah” (Isaiah and Psalm 32)
  • October 6: World Communion Sunday
  • October 13: “Jonah and the Great Fish” (Jonah and Psalm 145)
  • October 20: “The Prophet of Justice: Amos” (Amos and Psalm 82)
  • October 27: United Methodist Women Sunday – Female-only choir; guest preacher