“The Fruit of Justice” (Isaiah 42:1-7; Luke 18:1-8) Sunday July 30, 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 justice ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!

 

Scripture

(Isaiah 42:1-7; Luke 18:1-8)                    

                                  

Our first reading comes from the prophet Isaiah. 

1Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
 3a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
5Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:
 7to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Our second reading comes from the good news according to Luke.

1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people.
3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’
4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,
5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”
 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
 8I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Fruit of Justice” (Isaiah 42:1-7; Luke 18:1-8) Sunday July 30, 2017

“The Fruit of Justice”

You may ask why does the church look empty?

We had technical situation in the media that Sunday.  Rev. Troy and Perry Mattern gave of their time to re-record this sermon. Please enjoy,

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