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Charting a Course #3: A Supportive Coach Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Mark 9:14-29 Sunday 2/22/15

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Charting a Course #3: A Supportive Coach Luke 10:1-11, 16-20  Mark 9:14-29 Sunday 2/22/15

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Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 

1After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 16“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Mark 9:14-29

14When Jesus, Peter, James, and John came to the rest of the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15When the whole crowd saw Jesus, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. 16Jesus asked those disciples, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; 18and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.” 19He answered them, “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.” 20And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23Jesus said to him, “If you are able! —All things can be done for the one who believes.” 24Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!” 26After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. 28When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”

 Lenten Candle Extinguishing Message:

Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree and were banished from paradise, beginning a long journey through the wilderness of this world.

It was in the wilderness that Moses heard the voice of God calling from a burning bush, continuing a long journey to deliver God’s people from slavery into a land of milk and honey.

Jesus, seeing a world lost in the wilderness of sin, left heaven in order to guide us back to God. In so doing, he takes a step toward another tree, the cross.

Let us pray. Dear Lord, we remember the journeys that have taken us far from your presence. Journeys into brokenness, wanderings into waywardness, sojourns into barren and deserted places.

We give thanks that there is no place we can flee from your presence, that even our darkest places aren’t dark to you.

Although we would extinguish the Light of the World, yet still you come to seek and search out the lost and forsaken, and when we are found you rejoice.

Thank you for loving us so much,

O God. Amen.



























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Charting a Course: A Provocative Educator Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-45; John 6:60-70a February 15, 2015

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon:Charting a Course: A Provocative Educator Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-45; John 6:60-70a Sunday February 15 2015


Leader: The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.

All: The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.

Leader: The decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.

All: The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.

Leader: More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold.

All: Sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Unison: Let us offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually, the fruit of our lips giving thanks!

SCRIPTURE Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-45

21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’

34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.


John 6:60-70a

60When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” 66Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve?

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Charting a Course: A Living Example John 1:29-46; Matthew 8:18-23, February 8 2015

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Charting a Course: A Living Example John 1:29-46; Matthew 8:18-23 Sunday February 8 2015

Leader: We come from many places, yet are gathered here as one.

All: United by the Spirit, we each bring different gifts to share.

Leader: Diverse we may be, yet we serve the same Lord.

All: In serving Christ, we discover that we are his friends.

Leader: Befriending the needy, we entertain angels unaware.

All: Joining the celestial choirs, let us lift praises to our God!


John 1:29-46

 29The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” 35The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

39He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). 43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

 Matthew 8:18-23

18Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

23And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

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Call to Love John 21:15-19 Sunday Feb. 1, 2015

@Copyrighted by Deborah Thompson Sermon: Call to Love John 21:15-19 Sunday February 1, 2015

Leader: O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides.

All: Let your face shine upon us, save us by your steadfast love.

Leader: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

All: We ponder your great love for all creation, here in the midst of your temple.

Leader: Because your love is better than life and sweeter than honey, my lips will praise you.

All: Come, let us sing praises to the God of our salvation!

Call to Love

SCRIPTURE                                    John 21:15-19

 15When the disciples had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

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