4/7/2019 Communion, 5th Sunday of Lent

Sermon:           “Choosing to Let Go” 

Theme:            We are gifted with freedom from our past as we sacrifice our past hurts and stories in order to enjoy the gifts of God’s love today.           

Purpose:          The congregation will embrace the gifts of God’s grace and let go of the past losses and hurts that props up their egos.       

Scriptures:       Philippians 3:4b-14     All things that were accomplishments are meaningless in perspective of the surpassing gift of the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord.

                        John 12:1-8     Mary anoints Jesus’ feet, and the disciples do not understand her sacrifice of love and appreciation.

Questions:

In what ways do our fears from the past and memoires of hurt influence our view of ourselves and others? How can we let go of the stories we tell ourselves about our past which shape our hurt and resentment? In what ways do we allow our issues and unforgiveness to dominate our relationship with God and with one another? What would be different if instead of living out of our past hurts, we were joyfully willing to receive Christ’s love in the present?

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