Sunday Title: Preparation Sunday
Sermon Title: Getting ready for what?
Sunday Title: Reorder Sunday
Sermon Title: What’s new?
Sunday Title: Ready Sunday
Sermon Title: “Jesus is Ready- You?”
Sunday Title: Pure Sunday
Sermon Title: "A True Worship for a True Reason"
Isaiah 43:16-21 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
Psalm 126 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
Philippians 3:4b-14 ...not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith of Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.
John 12:1-8 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped his feet with her hair.
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P: In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
P: The Lord is about to do a new thing,
we his people are about to be rescued,
let us prepare our selves for this grace.
(pause for self-examination)
P: Merciful God...
C: Oh how we are tempted by our religion,
filling our pockets with good deeds,
putting our upright living on display,
hiding our vice: "it is my only one."
What zeal we have for our righteousness,
laying claim to a spiritual heritage,
placing confidence in understanding,
and taking pride in faith.
We forget your faithfulness saves us.
Save us from our self-deception.
forgive us our arrogance in sin. (Pause for reflection)
P: God is faithful. Christ is faithful. God does a new thing in Jesus Christ, making a way in the wilderness of our infidelity, for the restoration of right-relationship. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). By the power of the Holy Spirit, with clean hearts, we may bow to our Lord in a worship of purest gratitude. In the name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!
during Lent the Absolution may be withheld