Today’s Passage: Luke 13:31-35
Opening Prayer: What makes us weep? How can we find relief? So often we struggle, not knowing where to turn or to whom we should turn. However, sometimes our hearts have been hardened by the battles of everyday life and we are resistant to God’s call. Father God, may our hearts be softened and open to You. May the Holy Spirit draw us toward the One who can provide comfort and peace. May our eyes see clearly the path we should take to find You and deepen our relationship with You. We need You, Lord God. May Your mercy and grace be upon us. May you fix our brokenness and heal our rebellious spirits. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Third Day – Cry Out To Jesus
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “What Makes Preachers Cry?” by William H. Willimon, bishop in the United Methodist Church and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School.
Will Willimon believes that you can tell a great deal about people by what they consider to be humorous, funny, and delightful. However, he also believes that “grief, tears, and lament, are unfailing indicators of what we value most.” In today’s passage, Luke 13:31-35, Jesus laments over the state of Jerusalem. Jesus does not lament over Herod’s plans for him or over his eventual fate in Jerusalem, but over the state of Jerusalem. What can we learn from Jesus’ lament? And when is the last time you wept over your own city?
Closing Song: Cry of the Broken – Hillsong Worship
Closing Prayer: What is important to you? What is it that you value the most? Father God, may we see our need for You. May we seek You before seeking anything else. May knowing You, and being known by You, be what we desire and value the most. May all our earthly burdens be lifted as we turn to You. May Your healing touch restore us in all ways. Thank you for hearing our prayers and praises. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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