A weekly message from Pastor Alan

Reflections on the Central Teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: Back to Basics


Sunday, November 10 at 10:00am

Please remember that we have two memorial services this weekend.

The service for Dorothy McKibben will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary.

The memorial service for Dan McQuillen has changed locations.
It will now be at:

Nepenthe Clubhouse
1131 Commons Dr,
Sacramento, CA 95825
Sunday, November 10 at 2:00pm.

Sunday’s scripture reading is another collection of sayings of Jesus that at first feel somewhat hard-nosed. They all have to be understood in the context of the flourishing life. A flourishing life will find the way into a life of wholeness… a flourishing life will produce good fruit.

At the center of Christian life is a God who seeks the best for God’s children… not a God who punishes for wrongdoing.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the original words of Jesus were not quite so harsh as the gospel-writers words.

Some people understand that both Jesus and the Matthew community were expecting the end of the world within a short period of time.. and so the invitation to flourish was very urgent. with the passage of time the urgency has been lost

The invitation remains an invitation to flourish…rooted in the love and grace of the God you and I know best in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:13-23 Common English Bible (CEB)
“Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves. You will know them by their fruit. Do people get bunches of grapes from thorny weeds, or do they get figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, and every rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit. And a rotten tree can’t produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, you will know them by their fruit.

“Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter. On the Judgment Day, many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name?’ Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.’

Prayer Requests

*Lois Adamek * Rita Ainslie * Ginny Baldauf *
Peggy & Paul Blankenship*
*Jim & Johanna Brownell* Richard Burns* Rita Clark*
*Pat & Gordon Close* family of Jan Dahl * Celina Davin * Doug & Charlotte Gardner*
*Kevin Jenkins* Debbie Kenngott *Vivian Noble*
* Shirley Reese* family of Stan Tincher *
* Terry Travis* Fred Stallcop*

…the family of Dorothy McKibben, who died on Tuesday, September 9. Her memorial service will be on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00pm.

…the family of Dan McQuillen who died Friday, September 27. Please keep Pat and his family in your prayers. His memorial service has changed locations, it will now be at the Nepenthe Clubhouse, 1131 Commons Dr, Sacramento, CA 95825 Sunday, November 10 at 2:00pm.