“Wash With Care” Ezekiel 16:8-14; John 3:22-30 Sunday, May 20, 2018
Call to Worship
L: The Holy Spirit was poured out from heaven on Pentecost.
P: Tongues of fire rested upon those gathered in that upper room.
L: That same Spirit sent them out into the streets to proclaim the good news.
P: And people from across the world were amazed, perplexed, believed, and baptized.
U: Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and kindle within us the fire of your love!
Scriptures (Ezekiel 16:8-14; John 3:22-30)
Our first reading comes from the prophet Ezekiel from the Haitian Creole Version.
8 Mwen vin ap pase bò la ankò, mwen wè ou. Ou te rive laj pou ou te renmen. Mwen louvri gwo varèz mwen an sou ou, mwen kouvri kò ou ki te toutouni an. Mwen fè sèman m’ap toujou renmen ou. Wi, mwen pase kontra maryaj avè ou. Se konsa ou vin madanm mwen. Se Seyè ki sèl mèt la ki di sa.
9 Apre sa, mwen pran dlo, mwen lave ou, mwen wete tout san ki te sou kò ou. Mwen basinen ou ak lwil santi bon.
10 Mwen mete bèl rad bwode sou ou, yon pè soulye fèt ak po bazann nan pye ou, yon bèl moso twal fin blan mare nan ren ou, ak yon chal swa.
11 Mwen kouvri ou ak bijou, mwen mete braslè nan ponyèt ou, m’ pase bèl chenn nan kou ou.
12 Mwen mete yon grenn zanno nan nen ou, yon pè zanno nan zòrèy ou ak yon bèl kouwòn sou tèt ou.
13 Ou te plen bijou lò ak bijou ajan. Ou te toujou mete bèl rad twal fin ak rad swa byen bwode sou ou. Ou manje pen ki fèt ak pi bon kalite farin ansanm ak siwo myèl ak lwil. Chak jou ou vin pi bèl, jouk ou rive larenn.
14 Nan tout lòt nasyon yo, yo t’ap nonmen non ou pou jan ou te bèl. Pou bèl ou pa t’ ka pi bèl pase sa paske se mwen menm ki te fè ou bèl konsa. Se mwen menm, Seyè sèl Mèt la, ki di sa.
And now that passage in English.
8I passed by you again and looked on you; you were at the age for love. I spread the edge of my cloak over you, and covered your nakedness: I pledged myself to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord God, and you became mine.
9Then I bathed you with water and washed off the blood from you, and anointed you with oil.
10I clothed you with embroidered cloth and with sandals of fine leather; I bound you in fine linen and covered you with rich fabric.
11I adorned you with ornaments: I put bracelets on your arms, a chain on your neck,
12a ring on your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head.
13You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, rich fabric, and embroidered cloth. You had choice flour and honey and oil for food. You grew exceedingly beautiful, fit to be a queen.
14Your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of my splendor that I had bestowed on you, says the Lord God.
Our second reading comes from the good news according to John.
22 Apre sa, Jezi ale ansanm ak disip li yo nan peyi Jide. Li rete kèk tan la ak yo, li t’ap batize moun.
23 Jan Batis menm t’ap batize moun tou nan Enon, toupre Salim, paske te gen anpil dlo la. Anpil moun te vin jwenn li la pou l’ li te batize yo.
24 (Lè sa a, yo pa t’ ankò mete Jan Batis nan prizon.)
25 De twa nan patizan Jan yo tonbe diskite ak yon jwif sou regleman relijyon an ki mande pou moun lave kò yo.
26 Y’ ale bò kot Jan, yo di l’ konsa: Mèt, ou chonje nonm ki te avè ou lòt bò larivyè Jouden an, moun ou t’ap pale nou an? Enben, l’ap batize koulye a. Tout moun al jwenn li.
27 Jan reponn yo: Pesonn pa ka gen anyen si se pa Bondye nan syèl la ki ba li li.
28 Nou menm, nou ka di mwen te di nou sa: Se pa mwen ki Kris la, se voye Bondye voye m’ pran devan li.
29 Nan yon maryaj, lamarye se pou nonm k’ap marye a. Zanmi nonm k’ap marye a kanpe toupre l’, l’ap koute. Li pa manke kontan lè li tande vwa nonm k’ap marye a. Se konsa, mwen menm, mwen kontan nèt koulye a.
30 Li fèt pou li vin pi gran, pou mwen menm, mwen vin pi piti toujou.
And now that passage in English:
22After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized.
23John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized
24—John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison.
25Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew.
26They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”
27John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’
29He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.
30He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Wash With Care” Ezekiel 16:8-14; John 3:22-30 Sunday, May 20, 2018
“Wash With Care”
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Dear CCC Friends ~
I’m excited to share with you about my three-year appointment in Haiti! My official title is Program Assistant on Christian Education, Children Ministries and International Networking (sounds fancy, huh?)
The Mission Co-worker (that’s me!) will be in charge of assisting CONASPEH at their main offices in Port-au-Prince. I will be in direct contact with school and projects sponsored by CONASPEH. I will assist with Christian Education, Administrative and International matters, helping the organization to better achieve its goals of funneling human, educational and strategic resources to the communities; as well as assisting CONASPEH on international visits and interpretation of the work of the CONASPEH with congregations, Regions, Conferences and church leaders from the U.S. and Canada.
It sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? It’s like the position was created just for me! This is just another nod to God who has been working to set His plan in place long before I showed up on the scene.
I am so very humbled and honored to have been selected for this incredible responsibility. I am grateful to Compass Christian Church who has encouraged me, prayed for me, supported me and allowed me to use my talents over the past years. You have shaped me to be ready for this next step in my journey. Though I think I feel “ready,” please don’t stop praying for me! I will need the full armor of God for what I will encounter in Haiti and we know that prayer is a very powerful weapon.
You can follow the work of God through CONASPEH and my journey by signing up for the Global Ministries newsletter at globalministries.org.
Mesi Anpil, Thank You Very Much,