“….next to Godlyness” (Isaiah 1:1, 10-20) Sunday, June 10, 2018
Call to Worship
L: I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
P: As we draw near to God, God has been waiting for us here.
L: Hope, healing, wholeness, and holiness are found in God’s presence.
P: Let us lay aside every weight and sin that clings to us.
U: Come, Holy Spirit, purify us with the fire of your love that we may stand before the presence of the Lord!
Scripture (Isaiah 1:1, 10-20)
Our reading comes from the prophet Isaiah.
1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
10Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more;
13bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation— I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
14Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.
15When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
18Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “….next to Godlyness” (Isaiah 1:1, 10-20) Sunday, June 10, 2018
“….next to Godlyness”