West End United Methodist Church

Awake and Restful

We continue our sermon series from Matthew.  The parable of the bridesmaids is the first of three parables in Matthew 25 meant by the gospel writer to teach what faith should be for those who were waiting on the return of Jesus.  With the Presidential election this week we have experienced what it means to wait.  The bridesmaids were supposed to wait on the bridegroom, and in this case when the bridegroom was long delayed, some bridesmaids were prepared while others were not.  The wise bridesmaids, however, seem selfish in not sharing their oil.  Perhaps the oil represents something that can’t be shared, something in one’s own spiritual life that simply can’t be shared with others.  What does that mean for us and our own waiting?  (NOTE: We are beginning to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The early service has a chamber choir but no congregation.  The late service has a limited congregation but no choir.  Except for some of the music, the services are essentially the same.  NOTE: Both videos begin with the Children’s Moment or sermon, but after starting you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want to see the entire service.)

References

  • Matthew :25:1-13

Downloads

Early Service Bulletin (11/8/2020)

Late Service Bulletin (11/8/2020)

Audio

Awake and Restful (Children's Moment & Sermon)

Carol Cavin-Dillon