If not observing Reformation
Sermon Title: “Bragging Rights”
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you.
Psalm 84:1-7 Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Luke 18:9-14 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray….”
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 will search us for our honesty….
(pause to search ourselves for honesty)
P: Lord for your name sake...
C: do not forsake us.
Although our iniquities testify against us
we ask for your forgiveness.
We abandon our faith for convenience,
only to call upon you name when it is handy to do so.
We have sinned against you.
We acknowledge our wickedness.
We have come to worship you
yet for our sisters and brothers
we have contempt in our hearts
and on our lips.
Help us, O Lord, to learn to keep the faith
without contempt for those we think do not. (Pause for reflection)
P: God is our strength. In the work which we can not do, God justifies us in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is for Christ’s sake that our sins are forgiven. It is in the power of the Holy Spirit that we may know our reconciliation and abandon our sinful ways. All of this can only be for the glory of the Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!