“Follow Your Nose” (Hosea 14:5-8; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16) Sunday August 20, 2017
Call to Worship
L: Near God’s throne is a golden altar, upon which incense is burned.
P: That incense is the prayers of the saints, offered up on high.
L: Tribes and tongues of every nation are gathered there praising God forever.
P: We are gathered with them in our rejoicing, singing a new song:
U: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might! Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest!
(Hosea 14:5-8; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
Our first reading comes from the prophet Hosea.
5I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily, he shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon.
6His shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.
7They shall again live beneath my shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; they shall blossom like the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; your faithfulness comes from me.
Our second reading comes from the second letter to the Corinthians.
14But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.
15For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
16to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Follow Your Nose” (Hosea 14:5-8; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16) Sunday August 20, 2017