West End United Methodist Church

Authority Issues

Speakers:Carol Cavin-Dillon
Topics:Holy communion, Sermon, Sunday service

Continuing with our sermon series from Matthew, today’s reading has to do with questions of Jesus’s authority.  In context, Jesus has come into Jerusalem from his several years of Galilean ministry, and one of his first acts is to throw over the tables of the money-changers.  And then he begins to teach in the temple area.  No wonder the chief priests and elders question his authority.  Jesus doesn’t answer directly, but asks a question of his own – what about the authority of John the Baptist?  Then Jesus tells a parable to challenge their idea of authority.   (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.  NOTE: The video on top is the early service, and the video on the bottom is the late service.   NOTE: Both videos begin with the Communion Meditation, but after it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want to see the entire service.)


  • Matthew :21:23-32


Early Service Bulletin (10/4/2020)

Late Service Bulletin (10/4/2020)