Lenten Candle Extinguishing: (all 6 purple & Christ candle 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 darken 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 king 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.
Unison: Our Maker God, we sinners confess to you what we are.
We like the path of life to be easy, comfortable, untroubled.
We like problems to melt away, hardships to be smoothed over, stones turned into bread for us.
We do not want the hard way that Jesus takes.
We like every step to be free from fears.
We like to see might power helping us at every turn.
We like miracles to be happening for our benefit.
We do not want the faithful way that Jesus takes.
Merciful God, by all the grace of those forty desert days,
arm us against those temptations,
alert us to their corruption,
forgive us our sins.
Teach us to tread the way that Jesus takes, for his sake. Amen.
Scripture (Matthew 18:21-35)
Our reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.
21Then Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’
22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.
24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him;
25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made.
26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.”
27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.
28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.”
29Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.”
30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt.
31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.
33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?”
34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt.
35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Compass Christian Church: “So Much Forgiveness” (Matthew 18:21-35) Guest Speaker Rev. Richard Walker, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
“So Much Forgiveness”
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