“The Fruit of Peace” (Ephesians 2:11-22; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 21, 2017
Call to Worship
L: God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.
P: And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.
L: Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.
P: Yet it was always God who gave the growth!
U: May the fruit of peace ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!
(Ephesians 2:11-22; Galatians 5:22)
Our first reading comes from the letter to the Ephesians.
11So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” —a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—
12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.
15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,
16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.
17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;
18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,
20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;
22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Our second reading comes from the letter to the Galatians.
22The fruit of the Spirit is peace.
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Fruit of Peace” (Ephesians 2:11-22; Galatians 5:22) Sunday May 21, 2017
“The Fruit of Peace”
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