Sermon: “The Things that Defile”
Theme: God’s love is for us at all times, but when we choose grievances, judgment, and hostility we separate ourselves from experiencing God’s grace.
Purpose: We will examine our practices for releasing past judgments and bitterness.
Scriptures: Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 God has not rejected his people, but God has turned disobedience into an act of grace.
Matthew 15:10-28 Jesus tells the crowds that what goes into the mouth does not defile, but what comes out of our mouths is what can be defiling.
Questions: What causes us to have hostility and grievances towards other people and groups? How does our bitterness and animosity cause us to feel separate from God? How does that feeling of alienation cause our relationships to feel even more distant? What do we need to learn in order to release the roots of bitterness that at times are planted in our hearts? What can we anticipate as a result of practicing forgiveness and release?
Description for Sunday August 16th 2020
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
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Glory to God Hymnal #301 “Let Us Build a House” (vs. 1, 3 & 4) a.k.a. All Are Welcome
TEXT: Marty Haugen, 1994; © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc.
MUSIC (TWO OAKS 22.214.171.124.8.7.10 with refrain): Marty Haugen, 1994; © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc.
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The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”
Glory Be to the Father
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851)
Sending Song: Glory to God Hymnal #722 “Lord Speak to Me” (vs. 1-4)
TEXT: Frances Ridley Havergal, 1872, alt.
MUSIC (CANONBURY, LM): Robert Schumann, 1839, alt.
Liturgist: Mike Hierl