Sunday Title: House Sunday
Sermon Title: Where do we Abide?
Sunday Title: Religious Sunday
Sermon Title: Whip our Faith into Shape.
Sunday Title: Emporium Sunday
Sermon Title: “Only one item and not for sale.”
Sunday Title: Instruction Sunday
Sermon Title: "Safety Tips"
Sunday Title: Sign Sunday
Sermon Title: “Is that a big enough sign?”
Exodus 20:1-17 Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech.... and night to night declares knowledge. the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
John 2:13-22 Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
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: This may be the first moment in a week,
we have no other gods before the Lord God.
(contemplate the desire for purity of worship,
and now, the lack of desire for purity in living)
C: we know your power in the created world,
and you redeem us through a fallen Christ,
but we put idols and false gods before you.
We see wisdom in your commandments,
especially for others,
but we ourselves evade your instructions.
Now we talk ourselves out of living from within your grace
and we rely on our foolish “wisdom” and weak “power”.
Save us from the sins we know in our heart.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: Our God creates us free, extracts us from slavery, and redeems us from the bondage of sin. It is through the humbleness of God’s own Son Jesus Christ that God’s power is perfected for our salvation. (For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven). The power and wisdom of God is in the cross. And now the Holy Spirit reveals our opportunity as called people of God: people of faith, living in the blessing of the resurrection. 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