Today’s Passage: Luke 4:21-30
Opening Prayer: Father God, we all have filters that cloud our perceptions of people, things, and circumstances. Things are not always as they seem. We have learned in Scripture that God’s ways are not our ways. May we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and words to speak the Truth. May we seek to understand and grow in the wisdom that comes from a close relationship with You, through Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Jeremy Camp “The Way”
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “What do you expect from a sermon?”, by Will Willimon. Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author.
“What do you expect from a sermon?” It’s a question Will Willimon has asked many people through the years and he’s gotten a lot of interesting answers. But if you had asked the people in Jesus’ hometown synagogue what they expected from a sermon no one would have said they expected to be reminded that God is God, and that if God chooses to save others before he saves his own that’s his prerogative. Some sermons are not easy to hear. Some preachers know that and preach them anyway. Jesus was one of those preachers.
Closing Song: The Way // Worship Central
Closing Prayer: Father God, I trust that those who know You have heard Your message today. May we have the confidence to share Your Truth with those around us in such a way that they may find You. Help us to remember what is important. May we be allowed to share in the work of building Your Kingdom. Where we are weak, may You give us Your strength. Where we lack understanding, may You give us Your wisdom. In the name of Jesus, I pray.
Epilogue: Ok, what is your story? Now, go share the Good News! Amen.
Mandisa – Good News (Lyric Video)