Sunday Title: Fair Warning Sunday
Sermon Title: “Which is harder?”
Sunday Title: Discipleship [continued] Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis Chaplain of Shepherd of the Valley”
Jeremiah 20:7-13 Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18 With your faithful help rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
Romans 6:1b-11 Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?
Matthew 10:24-39 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
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 sees our hearts and minds,
let us be contrite before our God. (pause)
C: you offer us your great love,
yet we are overpowered
by the enticements of our material world.
We know the goodness of your word,
but we are afraid to be an upright example to others.
You call us to make Christ known,
and our witness is diluted by our fear of ridicule.
Forgive us Lord the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: We are each valuable to God. It is for that reason that God’s grace abounds in Christ Jesus. Grace does not abound to sanction our continued sinfulness, but rather to call us to a disciple’s life. Jesus died to sin, once for all. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. By the power of the Holy Spirit we also must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 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!