Sunday Title: Friend Sunday
Sermon Title: Jesus loves you just the way you are!
And Jesus loves you too much to let you stay that way!
Sunday Title: Mortal Sunday (or Perspective Sunday)
Sermon Title: Is that all ya got?
Sunday Title: Sending Sunday
Sermon Title: “So What?”
Sunday Title: Prophet Sunday
Sermon Title: "Where? Who? When? Does authority rest?"
Sermon Title: “Recognizing the Prophet”
Ezekiel 2:1-5 “Thus says the Lord God.” Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Mark 6:1-13 Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!
P: Mortals, let us stand on our feet
and hear our God who will speak with us. (pause for self-examination)
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
Our God is revealed to us as Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
C: we are so familiar with ourselves,
and we know the ways of the world,
how much we do accumulate!
but we forget you made it all, and us.
And we forget you know us better than we do.
You give us your word, send your prophets, even your Son,
still we refuse to hear, we take offense,
you pour out your blessings
and we decide it is our good fortune.
we suffer in our errors and mortality
and offer you our complaint.
Lord God, you reveal truth, grace and righteousness,
we are stubborn, impudent and self -righteous.
How can we ever get our head straight?
Forgive us the sins we can name,
save us from the sins we hide. (pause for reflection)
P: Blessed are we to hear the word “repent.” Open is the invitation to know God’s love and be familiar with our redeemer. It is for Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. God’s grace is sufficient for us. It rescues us and installs us in right relationship with God. When we yield our “strength ” the Holy Spirit may fill us, God's power is made perfect in our weakness. All to 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!