Anchors of Hope, an Able Crew, a Clear Course Hebrews 6:19; James 3:4; Ezekiel 47:1-12

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Anchors of Hope, an Able Crew, a Clear Course Hebrews 6:19; James 3:4; Ezekiel 47:1-12 Sunday November 16, 2014

Call to Worship:

 L:        We are strangers and foreigners upon this earth, seeking a homeland.

P:         We are sailors and mariners upon the sea, seeking a distant shore.

 L:        There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.

P:         God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.

L:        The holy mountain of God rises in beauty, the joy of all the earth.

P:         Mount Zion, true pole of the earth, the Great King’s city!

L:        Those who speak in such a way are not thinking of the land they left behind.

P:         For indeed we desire a better country, a heavenly one. We look forward to the city prepared for us, whose architect and builder is God!

Scripture (Hebrews 6:19; James 3:4; Ezekiel 47:1-12)

Our first reading comes from the book of Hebrews. Listen for God’s word.

19We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.

Hebrews 6:19

Our second reading comes from the book of James:

James 3:4

4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

Our third reading is from the prophet Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 47:1-12

1Then the man brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. 3Going on eastward with a cord in his hand, the man measured one thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep. 4Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured one thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the waist. 5Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed. 6He said to me, “Mortal, have you seen this?” Then he led me back along the bank of the river. 7As I came back, I saw on the bank of the river a great many trees on the one side and on the other. 8He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the sea, the sea of stagnant waters, the water will become fresh. 9Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish, once these waters reach there. It will become fresh; and everything will live where the river goes. 10People will stand fishing beside the sea from En-gedi to En-eglaim; it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of a great many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. 11But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

Here ends our readings. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

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