Sunday Title: Image Sunday
Sermon Title: Who do you say that I am? Call ‘em like you see ‘em
Sunday Title: Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Responsibility Discipleship
Sunday Title: Promise Sunday
Sermon Title: “The Purpose of the Promise”
Sunday Title: Blessed Sunday
Sermon Title: “Blessed to do What?”
Isaiah 51:1-6 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Psalm 138 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
Romans 12:1-8 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Matthew 16:13-20 Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven....
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: Let us seek the Lord
and pursue right relationship with our God (pause)
C: we seek our own way in life,
and ignore our roots in your faithfulness.
We conform ourselves to the ways of the world,
and make feeble attempts to discern your will.
We think justice is how to keep what is ours safe,
yet we ourselves, must be transform
to do what is good, acceptable and perfect.
Save us Lord from the sins we know in our hearts.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: God sends the Messiah, a Savior, the Son of the living God. He is Jesus the Christ. And it is for Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Furthermore we are blessed by our heavenly Father to know grace, and we are now as Christ’s church; charged to proclaim it. With the presence of the Holy Spirit and by God’s mercy, we are able to present our own selves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. In the name of 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!