and Worship Resources
Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon and Worship Resources
Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Call to Worship for World Communion Sunday
Today we gather around God's table from near and far
We are the People of God!
Though we differ in language, custom, and tradition
We are brothers and sisters in Christ!
For there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism
We are One in God's Spirit!
We are one and together we remember our Lord Jesus
For we are the people of Redemption!
He gave himself up for us, so we could be
reconciled to God.
Come, let us worship the God of our Salvation!
Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Church's One foundation
Christian People Raise Your Song
O God of Every Nation
This is the Feast of Victory
the Scaffolding, all lessons, esp Ezek.
18:1-4,25-32; Mt. 21:28-32
by Bishop Susan Russell
(see excerpt below)
World Communion Message:
God, One People (Free)
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Playing the Blame Game,
Ez. 18:1-4, 25-32, Mt 21:23-32
by Rev. Karen Goltz
Unexpected Intimacy, Exodus 17:1-7, by Rev. Randy L. Quinn
"Yes" the second time around,
Matthew 21:23-32, by Rev. Thomas Hall
Changing the Scaffolding
all lessons, esp Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32; Mt. 21:28-32
by Bishop Susan Russell
....Our is a church that believes that the essential quality
of God is love; so what have we to fear? "Nothing can separate us from the love
of God" the scripture assures us. Even our mistakes. Even when we get it
"Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according
to our love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord." Words from the Psalm
this morning. Words of hope and encouragement to anyone who’s ever needed a
second chance. God forever offers us a second; and a third; and a fourth; a
seven-times-seventieth. Our job is to trust God enough to take it!
That, I believe, is Jesus’ message in the story about the two
sons in today’s Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said: A man had two sons; and he went
to the first and said, "Son, go work in the vineyard today." And he answered ,
"I will not"; but afterward he repented and went." It doesn’t say how long
afterward. It doesn’t say why he changed his mind. But he did. As Maya Angelou
once told a woman who had come to her for spiritual direction, agonizing over
past mistakes and decisions: "You did then what you knew how to do. When you
knew better, you did better." Like the first son in the parable, she had a
second chance and took it.
This is a church for people who are looking for second - third - fourth chances.
People who have been turned off by the rhetoric of judgment and exclusion and
are looking for the Gospel of love and mercy. People who are looking for a
church that has relevance for the lives they live and a community to support
their journey into faith. That’s what kind of church this is.
What else can we tell about this church from our lessons today? It’s a church
that inherits a tradition of challenging the tradition. Sound confusing? Let’s
look at Ezekiel for a moment. "The Word of the Lord came to me again: "What do
you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers
have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? As I live,
says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel." ...
full sermon manuscript.
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