and Worship Resources
Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 18 (23), year A
Sermon and Worship Resources
For where two
or three are gathered in my name, I am there
among them." Mt. 18:20
Call to Worship
by Rev. F. Schaefer
L: Dear Father, you have given us grace to gather together as
sisters and brothers in unity.
P: We come together in remembrance of your mighty deeds through
Jesus, our Lord,
L: You have promised to be in our midst when two or three are gathered
in his mighty Name.
P: We welcome you with great joy and anticipation in our midst as
we draw near to you.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord!
Christ in Us,
Rev. Frank Schaefer
scripture passage is about the church. Let me start by saying that,
there are so many different ideas of what church is and many if not all
of them have a part of the truth to them.
To name a few:
The church is not a
steeple, but many churches have a steeple
The church is not the
building, but it's certainly part of the church.
The church is not even
the pastor or the leaders.
The church is the
assembly of God's people.
One of the best object lessons I
am able to give on this subject is the description of a photo that was
displayed in the foyer of one of my former churches. The picture was
actually a nice shot of the front of the building. Looking at it from
a little distance, it seemed to be just that, but as you got closer to
the picture something else became visible: tiny pixel areas showed the
faces of the church's members. The message I took from the photograph
was: we love our church building, but it is nothing without our church
members. Ultimately, church is defined by it's congregation, by the
assembly of God, by its people.
So, with this point in mind
let's look at our statement from Mt. 18:20 again: "For where two or
three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
Apparently, as the assembly of
the church gathers, God promises to show up in a special way. Worship
is a supernatural event that goes beyond the social or charitable
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