Sunday Title: Alert Sunday
Sermon Title: Ready Faithfulness
Sunday Title: Awaking Sunday
Sermon Title: Paying Attention
Sunday Title: Hope Sunday
Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are surely coming, says the Lord....
Psalm 25:1-10 I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust....
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Luke 21:25-36 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
P: In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
P: Let us prepare for the Lord’s coming by repenting of our sins.
(pause to reflect how to prepare for Jesus' actual coming?)
P: Lord God...
C: how long do we wait for you to save your people?
You must hurry O Lord before we are distracted,
before our attention is dissipated,
before we are consumed with the worries of life.
We need you to execute justice,
and bring righteousness to the land.
because we are unwilling to act like saved children.
We are slow to strengthen our hearts,
reluctant to let your love in us increase,
until it abounds for one another and for all.
We hide our unready, unworthy sinfulness
behind your coming Glory.
Forgive us Lord for the sins we name.
Save us Lord from the sins we hide. (Pause for reflection)
P: Lift up your heads faithful people for our redemption is drawing near. God fulfills the promises made through the prophets. God sends the Son for our salvation and we are made right. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Christ strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless before our God and Heavenly Father. We too may declare:
C: The Lord is our righteousness. Amen. -wjw
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!