Sunday Title: Grace Sunday
Sermon Title: “Holy” traps that lead us away from grace.
Sunday Title: Tradition Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome
Jim Brandis Pasto
Sunday Title: Pure Sunday
Sermon Title: What is Pure?
Sunday Title: Witness Sunday
Sermon Title:"Faithful as Witness"
Sunday Title: Hypocrite Sunday,
Sermon Title:"Hypocrites only, others need not apply"
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (semicontinuous); Psalm 15; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 (semicontinuous); James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (Green)
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it.
Psalm 15 O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
James 1:17-27 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
Mark 7:1-23 (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)
Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites...
'this people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me....'
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: We, who speak with our lips for each others ears,
let us talk with God from our hearts. (pause for self-examination)
P: Lord God...
C: we are not careful with words and deeds,
we do not watch closely our intentions,
we forget: disobedience destroys our witness of you.
We abandon your commandments,
to hold fast to our self-serving traditions.
Mostly, we are hearers of your word, seldom doers.
We excuse ourselves from studying your instructions,
not learning what is wrong and right, and why.
Devoted are we to following our hearts,
discerning ourselves what feels wrong and right.
Here Lord we have named sins,
forgive us in our honest repentance.
Here Lord we have hidden sins,
save us from the evil we will not acknowledge. (Pause for reflection)
P: God chooses us as God's own people to show the light of salvation to the world. Jesus Christ is revealed to us, and for his sake our sins are forgiven. Hearers of God's mercy, forget not this liberty from sin, be inspired by the Holy Spirit to know the truth in the law and the love of God. Let us not remain hypocrites, rather let us become hearers and doers of God’s word. Let us make God's mercy alive in thought, word and deed, by the power 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!