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“Heart for the Sea: Loving With Our Heart” (Luke 10:25-28; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35) Sunday, March 14, 2021

“Heart for the Sea: Loving With Our Heart”

(Luke 10:25-28; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35) 

Our first reading is from Luke chapter 10 verses 25 to 28. Listen for God’s word.

25A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

Our second reading is from Acts chapter 2 verses 42 to 47 and chapter 4 verses 32 to 35.

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Here end our readings. May God bless our hearing, understanding, and living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Heart for the Sea: Loving With Our Heart” (Luke 10:25-28; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35) Sunday, March 14, 2021

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“The Character of Christ” (Ephesians 1:3-14) Sunday, March 18, 2018    

Lenten Candle Extinguishing: (4 unlit, 2 purple & Christ candle lit)

 

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

 

L2:       When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.

 

P:          On their way he and the disciples enter a Samaritan village, but they do not receive him.

 

L1:        As they are going, someone says to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

 

P:         Jesus replies, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

 

L2:       Jesus invites others along the way, “Follow me.”

 

P:         But instead of following they say, “Let me first go and bury my father” or Let me first go and say farewell.”

 

L1:       Jesus invites a rich young ruler—pious in keeping the commandments and eager to inherit eternal life—to sell his possessions, give them to the poor, and follow him.

 

P:         The man goes away shocked, sad, and grieving. The light of salvation’s invitation is refused, and a shadow darkens that light.

 

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

 

U:        God who summons us from death to life, your call invites us to leave our shadowy lives of comfort for life on the road with you. Discipleship is never convenient, nor is the cost of following you cheap. Our possessions and priorities can hinder or prevent our obedience to your invitation, and our shadows darken that light.  (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.

 

L:         Let us sing, “Here Hangs a Man Discarded.”

 

Scripture (Ephesians 1:3-14)                        

                                   

Our reading comes from the letter to the Ephesians.    

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight

9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,

12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;

14this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon:  “The Character of Christ” (Ephesians 1:3-14) Sunday, March 18, 2018  

 

“The Character of Christ”

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