Sunday Title: Rally Day Servant Sunday
Sermon Title: What does Service require?
Sunday Title: Identity Sunday
Sermon Title: Who do you say that I am?
Sunday Title: Suffering Sunday
Sermon Title: Suffering- you gotta be kiddin me!
Sunday Title: Cross Sunday
Sermon Title: "Who will teach of the cross....... by example?"
Sunday Title: Tongue Sunday,
Sermon Title: "What will you say?"
Isaiah 50:4-9a The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
Psalm 116:1-9 O Lord, I pray you, save my life
James 3:1-12 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!
Mark 8:27-38 But who do you say that I am?.... If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow 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 know we can not pretend to be deaf to God's call.
(pause to examine what noise keeps us from being a "listener")
P: Lord God...
C: we set our minds on human things, not on divine things.
Usually it is our own things we set our minds upon.
We confess to be your disciples,
but if it involves carrying a burden,
or rejection, or suffering, or discomfort,
we are not so quick to deny ourselves, take our cross and follow.
You put the word in our ears and in our hands,
but we do not strive to become listeners and learners,
how can we think to become followers and disciples?
For the sins we can name, forgive us Lord.
For the sins we hide, save us Lord. (Pause for reflection)
P: Our God desires to teach us, to open our ears, to call us to true repentance. To this end God sends the Messiah, the Christ, to undergo great suffering, be rejected and killed, and after three days rise again. It is for Christ's sake that our sins are forgiven. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we may become followers, giving our very lives into the hands of God all for the good news in Jesus Christ. 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!