“Helacious Hospitality” (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:40-42) Sunday Feb. 25, 2018

Lenten Candle Extinguishing: (1 un-lit, 5 purple & Christ candle lit)


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


L2:       Every year Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. After the festival, his parents leave, yet the twelve-year-old Jesus stays behind.


P:         His parents find him three days later in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening and asking questions. All who hear him are amazed at his understanding and answers.


L1:       His parents are astonished as Jesus replies, “Don’t you know I must be in my Father’s house?”


P:         He teaches as one having authority, not like others. Years later he returns to the Temple and teaches, amazing many with his learning, while scandalizing others.


L2:       Many find his teachings difficult and hard to accept; even many of his disciples turn back.


P:         And a shadow darkens the light.


L1:       Jesus teaches, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it again.”


P:         This lesson is leveled against him at his trial, as a shadow darkens that light.


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


U:        We have heard it said that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are God’s ways our ways. Jesus’ teachings still confuse and confound us, even we who call ourselves disciples. We find his lessons difficult and hard to accept, often turning back, and our shadows darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.


L:         Let us sing, “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.”


Scriptures (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:40-42)

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


            Jesus said,

19‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,

21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.

22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.

24He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.”

25But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.

26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.”

27He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—

28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.”

29Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.”

30He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

31He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’

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

Jesus said,

40‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;

42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Helacious Hospitality” (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 10:40-42) Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

 “Helacious Hospitality”

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