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Sermon and Worship Resources
14th 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

Texts & Discussion:
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20


This Week's Themes:

Love your Neighbor

Remembering God's Acts of Salvation


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!





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Sermon Excerpt:

Christ in Us, Matthew 18:15-20
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Today's 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 dynamics....

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