“Stepping Out on Faith” (Matthew 14:22-33) Sunday March 4, 2018
Lenten Candle Extinguishing: (2 unlit, 4 purple & Christ candle lit)
L1: Today is the third Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.
L2: Priests and Levites are sent from Jerusalem to ask John the Baptist about his identity.
P: Are you the Messiah? Are you Elijah? Are you the prophet?
L1: John answers, “No, but I am the voice crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’”
P: While John was not the light, he came as a witness to testify to the light.
L2: The next day John sees Jesus and declares, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! I saw the Spirit descend on him like a dove; this is the Son of God.”
P: Whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.
L1: Yet this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people love darkness rather than light because they don’t want their evil deeds exposed.
P: He came to his own; his own people did not accept him, and a shadow darkens that light.
L2: (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:
U: None of us want a searchlight exposing the secrets of our souls. Yet Jesus promises that everything covered up will be uncovered, all that is hidden will be disclosed, even shouted from rooftops. All our deeds, brought to light? Is it any wonder he wasn’t accepted then, or now? Instead of straightening our ways for the Lord, we often make them crooked, and our shadows darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.
Scripture (Matthew 14:22-33)
Our reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.
22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.
25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.
26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.
30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Stepping Out on Faith” (Matthew 14:22-33) Sunday March 4, 2018
“Stepping Out on Faith”
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