Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

July 22, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture:  Romans 8:31-39 and 1Peter 1:5
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  SEEKING A BETTER WAY TO BE CHRISTIAN
Part 4:  From Disruption to Direction

 Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C


Call to Worship July 22, 2018  

Leader: What does the Lord require of us?

People: To DO justice; to LOVE kindness; to walk humbly.

Leader: God never asks of us what God has not already given.

People: We come seeking to imitate the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Leader: We do this that we might be transformed.

People: And that in turn we might transform the world.

ALL: Bless us in worship that we might prepare ourselves to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly. Amen.

 


 

Scripture July 22, 2018

 Romans 8:31-39 (NRSV)

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;     we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1Peter 2:5 (NRSV)

like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ


Scripture Snippets:

Philippians 4:6-7 (MGS) 6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Luke 12:48b (NRSV) From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Matthew 5:48 (NRSV)   48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect…

 James 1:22-24 (NKJV)  22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Galatians 3:28-29 (MSG)   In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.