Sermon: “Let Love be Genuine”
Theme: As we submit our hearts to Christ and ‘Take up our own cross’ we develop the strength of humility and the transforming power of God’s grace flowing through us.
Purpose: We will see our role as those who bring mercy and healing love from God.
Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21 Let love be genuine, never avenge yourself, live peaceably with all.
Matthew 16:21-28 Peter tries to direct Jesus away from the crucifixion which results in Jesus’ strongest possible rebuke.
Questions: What does it mean to practice “genuine love?” How does the practice of humility differ from being spineless or timid? What is the real power of healthy humility to transform our relationships? How is it that we try to substitute our own plans or agendas for Christ’s work? In what ways is the “cross” a guide for how we go about reaching out in love? What difference does it make to us that Jesus calls us to the path of sacrifice rather than focusing on our own self-interests? Is it practical to seek peace with those whom we oppose?
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
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Hymn Glory to God #543 “God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me”
TEXT: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, 2004; © 2004 This Here Music, Worldmaking.net
MUSIC (GREEN TYLER 126.96.36.199.5): Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, 2004; © 2004 This Here Music, Worldmaking.net
The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 “Gloria Patri”
Glory Be to the Father
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851)
Sending Glory to God Hymnal #826 “Lift High the Cross”
TEXT: George William Kitchin, 1887; rev. Michael Robert Newbolt, 1916, alt.; © 1974 Hope Publishing Company,
Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.
MUSIC (CRUCIFER 10.10 with refrain): Sydney Hugo Nicholson, 1916; desc. Richard Proulx, 1985; Music © 1974 Hope Publishing Company; Descant © 1985 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
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Liturgists: Pete Wills