Sermon Title: “Holding out for a Hero”
Title: I have not written a confession for Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
Philippians 2:5-11 …so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew 21:1-11 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
P: In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
P: Let us take this time to be honest with God. (pause)
C: too often we ask you to be our champion
over the enemies we choose.
We don’t pay attention to the enemies you choose.
We fight poverty by accumulating wealth
while following the lives of the rich and famous.
We fight injustice by denouncing the famous
who escape punishment,
instead of rejecting the rush to judgment
that only quenches community fear.
We closely follow lives of athletically and artistically skilled
and neglect our relationships with family, friend, neighbor.
Save, O Lord, your people.
Hosanna! Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Hosanna! Save us from the sins we hide.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: God is faithful! God saves! The one sent in the name of the Lord does come to save. Jesus Christ comes to empty himself, being faithful to the point of death, even death on the cross.(For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). It is in this God that we may trust and with the Holy Spirit we too may forsake all other distractions, living faithfully to the glory 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