Sermons on God's Love

Sermons on God's Love

Lost and Found

Scripture Readings: Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 In our gospel reading today, we have two parables of Jesus about things that are lost. They’re very similar stories, with a person losing something, searching for it, finding it, and finally celebrating its return. In the first, we have a shepherd who is caring for his flock. One of…

Love

Lectionary readings: Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 As I was getting ready to preach this week, I was so struck by Psalm 112. This psalm describes a godly person, someone who loves God and neighbor and lives their life justly and lovingly. It reminded me of how much I would also like my life to look like this. I want to be someone who…

Letting Go of How-it-was

Lectionary: Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Let us pray: Lord God, holy and true, we ask for your presence here. Come among us and speak to us. Show us your will and your way. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. In your holy name we pray, Amen.…

Ashes and Repentance

Lectionary Readings: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Let us pray: Lord God, as we come together this night, speak to us. Remind us of your truths. Give us faith and courage to go out again in your name. Amen. Ashes and Repentance Ash Wednesday is, to say the least, not the happiest celebration on the church calendar.…

Overwhelming Love

Readings: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Let us pray: Dear and holy God, we pray to you this morning. We pray that you would fill this place with your presence, that we might hear your voice whispering through your word. We pray that through your holy word you would heal our hurts and strengthen us to be your people…

Called Where???

Lectionary: Isaiah 6:1-13, Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 Let us pray: Lord God, bless us with ears to hear and eyes to see when you speak to us. Give us grace when we fall short, and carry us through those places where your call is too much for us. Give us ears to hear your word, O Christ. Amen. Called Where??? I once read a comparison between searching…

Redeemed

Lectionary: Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Let us pray: Dear God, remind us of your presence. Remind us of your redeeming love, which we remember in baptism. Speak to us today. In your holy name we pray, Amen. Redeemed Like a lot of us, I think, I was baptized as a baby. I was two months old, and so of course don’t remember a thing about…

A-ha! (Oct. 21)

Lectionary: Isaiah 53:4-12, Psalm 91:9-16, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45 Let us pray: Word of God, come among us today. Speak to us your Word, and make our hearts and our souls new. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen. A-ha! You may have heard of Harry Potter. Maybe. 🙂 It is the…

True Religion

Lectionary Readings: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Let us pray: Bless our hearing of your words today, O God. Speak to us and show us your path, that we may be doers and not hearers of your word. Give us the faith to go forth and put our faith into practice. In your holy name we pray, O Lord, Amen. True Religion As I was…

One Broom Tree

Lectionary Readings: 1 Kings 19:4-8, Psalm 34:1-8, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, John 6:35, 41-51 Let us pray: We pray for your provision, O God, for the food and company you send us for both our bodies and our souls. Feed us this morning, we pray. Speak to us and bring us to life again, in your Son’s name. Amen. One Broom Tree Elijah was really, really tired. He had just…
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