Scripture, Call to Worship & Lectionary

September 16, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture:  Matthew 5:33-37
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN (Real Life Teachings from the Sermon on the Mount) — Part 2:  SWEAR TO GOD

September 23, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture:  Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN (Real Life Teachings from the Sermon on the Mount) — Part 3:  MORE THAN LOOKING GOOD

September 30, 2018 10:15 a.m. Worship Service
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
FIFTH WITH FIRST
Scripture:  Matthew 5:13-16
The message will be delivered by Dr. Richard A. Wing
Sermon:  GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN (Real Life Teachings from the Sermon on the Mount) — Part 4:  TREASURE OR TRASH

Faith Rising Congregation has been invited to share World Communion Sunday at FCC Scottsdale which will be on Sunday, October 7.


 Weekly Lectionary Readings: Year C


Call to Worship September 16, 2018  

Leader: We were glad when they said, “Let us go to the house of God!”

People: Our feet are standing within your gates, O Holy City! We pray for the peace of all God’s people:“May they prosper who love you.Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”

Leader: We pray that all who continue to suffer may heal and the nations of the world will find peace;

All: O God, we labor with You.We pray that growing understanding among faithful peoples and profound cooperation among nations, will lead to a shared vision of peace. Amen.

 

Call to Worship September 23, 2018  

Leader: Come, let us seek rest at the altar of God —

People: Where a child can find comfort and protection; where the weak can find peace and justice.

Leader: Blessed are they who dwell in God’s presence

People: Where the lily may grow in glory; where the grass may be clothed with life.

All: Blessed are they who trust in You, O God!

Call to Worship September 30, 2018  

Leader: I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?

People: My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.

Leader: Help us Eternal God, in response to your constant care of our lives, to dedicate our lives to the needs of others.

All: I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Amen.


Scripture September 16, 2018

 Matthew 5:33-37 (NRSV)

 33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one

Matthew 5:33-37 (MSG)

33-37 “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

 

Scripture September 23, 2018

 Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18 (NRSV)

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18 (MSG)

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense.

16-18 “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.

 

Scripture September 30, 2018

 Matthew 6:19-24 (NRSV)

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[t] consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23 but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth

Matthew 6:19-24 (MSG)

9-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.


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.