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Voyager Sound & Bearings #3 “Creating Camaraderie Among & Beyond the Crew” (Acts 27:1-2, 14, 20-24, 33-37) Sunday, September 23, 2018

Call to Worship   

 

L:         We are strangers and foreigners upon this earth, seeking a homeland.

 

P:         We are sailors and mariners upon the sea, seeking a distant shore.

 

L:         There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.

 

P:         God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.

 

L:         For indeed we desire a better country, a heavenly one.

 

P:         We look forward to the city prepared for us, whose architect and builder is God!

 

 

Scripture (Acts 27:1-2, 14, 20-24, 33-37)

                                   

Our reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles. We will read this together, meditating upon the words and images. Let us together speak, listen, and ponder God’s word.  

1When it was decided that we were to sail for Italy, they transferred Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius.

 

2Embarking on a ship of Adramyttium that was about to set sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.

 

14But soon a violent wind, called the northeaster, rushed down from Crete.

 

20When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

 

21Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss.

 

22I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

 

23For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,

 

24and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’

 

33Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten nothing.

 

34Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.”

 

35After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat.

 

36Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves. 37(We were in all two hundred seventy-six persons in the ship.)

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

                                   

 

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Voyager Sound & Bearings #3 “Creating Camaraderie Among & Beyond the Crew” (Acts 27:1-2, 14, 20-24, 33-37) Sunday, September 23, 2018

 

Voyager Sound & Bearings #3

“Creating Camaraderie Among and Beyond the Crew”

 

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Mission, Part 2: Colonization; Esther 2:1-12, 17

Mission, Part 2: Colonization

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@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Mission,  Part 2: Colonization;  Esther 2:1-12, 17 Sunday September 13, 2015

SCRIPTURE              

Esther 2:1-12, 17

 1After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. 2Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Let beautiful young virgins be sought out for the king. 3And let the king appoint commissioners in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in the citadel of Susa under custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; let their cosmetic treatments be given them. 4And let the girl who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did so. 5Now there was a Jew in the citadel of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair son of Shimei son of Kish, a Benjaminite. 6Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem among the captives carried away with King Jeconiah of Judah, whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried away. 7Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his cousin, for she had neither father nor mother; the girl was fair and beautiful, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai adopted her as his own daughter. 8So when the king’s order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in the citadel of Susa in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king’s palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women.

9The girl pleased him and won his favor, and he quickly provided her with her cosmetic treatments and her portion of food, and with seven chosen maids from the king’s palace, and advanced her and her maids to the best place in the harem. 10Esther did not reveal her people or kindred, for Mordecai had charged her not to tell. 11Every day Mordecai would walk around in front of the court of the harem, to learn how Esther was and how she fared. 12The turn came for each girl to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their cosmetic treatment, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics for women. 17the king loved Esther more than all the other women; of all the virgins she won his favor and devotion, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

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All Aboard the Ark of Salvation Genesis 6:5-22; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Wisdom of Solomon 14:1-7

@Copyrighted by Troy Sybrant Sermon: All Aboard the Ark of Salvation Genesis 6:5-22; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Wisdom of Solomon 14:1-7 Sunday October 26, 2014

Scripture (Genesis 6:5-22; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Wisdom of Solomon 14:1-7)

 Our first reading comes from the book of Genesis.

Listen for God’s word.

         5The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.

6And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7So the Lord said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

8But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord. 9These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. 10And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth.

13And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth. 14Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. 16Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks. 17For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive. 21Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.”

22Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Our second reading comes from the first letter of Peter.

18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Our third reading comes from the Wisdom of Solomon.

1Again, one preparing to sail and about to voyage over raging waves calls upon a piece of wood more fragile than the ship that carries him. 2 For it was desire for gain that planned that vessel, and wisdom was the artisan who built it; 3 but it is your providence, O Father, that steers its course, because you have given it a path in the sea, and a safe way through the waves, 4showing that you can save from every danger, so that even a person who lacks skill may put to sea. 5 It is your will that works of your wisdom should not be without effect; therefore people trust their lives even to the smallest piece of wood, and passing through the billows on a raft they come safely to land. 6 For even in the beginning, when arrogant giants were perishing, the hope of the world took refuge on a raft, and guided by your hand left to the world the seed of a new generation. 7 For blessed is the wood by which righteousness comes.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

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