“We Believe the Church” (1 Corinthians 1:1-10) March 5, 2017 First Sunday in Lent

Lenten Candle Extinguishing:       

  (all 6 purple candles lit)                               

 

L1:       Today is the first Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.

 

L2:       Jesus first travels to Jerusalem as a baby, to be dedicated in the Temple.

 

P:         Simeon says, “Here is a light for revelation to Gentiles and glory to your people Israel!”

 

L1:       Yet Simeon also says, “This child is destined to be opposed by many and will reveal their inner thoughts.”

 

P:         And a shadow darkens that light.

 

L2:       Jesus next encounters travelers from Jerusalem as a two year old.

 

P:         Magi follow the light of a star and find the light of life.

 

L1:       King Herod and all Jerusalem are frightened by this child, and Herod’s soldiers kill all the children two years of age or under around Bethlehem.

 

P:         Jesus and his family escape, and a shadow darkens that light.

 

L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:

 

U:        We confess it’s difficult to believe that the Christ child would be opposed, that kings would be frightened, and violence visited upon defenseless children because of a ruler’s fear and anger. Yet when Jesus’ light reveals our inner thoughts we shrink in fear and lash out in anger, and our shadows darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.

 

L1:       Let us sing, “We Adore You Jesus Christ”

Scripture (1 Corinthians 1:1-10)     

Our reading comes from the first letter to the Corinthians. 

1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—

6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—

7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

10Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “We Believe the Church” (1 Corinthians 1:1-10) March 5, 2017 First Sunday in Lent

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