Sunday Title: Heaven Sunday
Sermon Title: New Bread New Life
Sunday Title: Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: Harder than you think - harder than you can think.
Sunday Title: Still Fed Sunday
Sermon Title: Drawn by the Heavenly Father
Sunday Title: Touch Sunday
Sermon Title: "Touched by an Angel?"
Sunday Title: John 6 Sunday - Part 3,
Sermon Title: "Bread and Body - Part 3 - "Rope's End"
1 Kings 19:4-8 [Elijah] asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life .
Psalm 34:1-8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Put away from you all bitterness… and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
John 6:35, 41-51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.
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 restart our journey with God
by taking time for serious confession.
(pause to remember what stalled this journey)
P: Lord God...
C: we call ourselves people of faith,
but we think when we reach the end of our rope,
it is the end of the rope.
We fill up our hearts with wrangling, bitterness and malice,
and call it "standing up for what's right",
yet your overwhelming message to us is your grace.
We need your redemption, we need it badly,
and you deliver to us: "the bread of life."
But we resist allowing it to nourish us,
and so we wallow in despair,
Forgive us for the sins we can name,
Save us from the sins we hide. (Pause for reflection)
P: Our Heavenly Father draws us to him through the word and the word made flesh. Jesus Christ is the word made flesh, the living bread come down from heaven. It is for Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Through this grace we may regain our strength and put away anger and wrath and all sorts of evil dealing. Even our words may give grace to those who hear. In the Holy Spirit, as beloved children of God, living in love as Christ loved us, we give ourselves as an offering and sacrifice to God. 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!