Evangelectionary Sunday, June 5, 2016 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

A statue depicting the conversion of Paul in Damascus, Syria.

Texts: 1Kings 17: 8-24 or 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17

Message: “What’s Your Story?”

The Apostle Paul built his whole ministry on the basis of his own personal story of his personal encounter with God.  In our epistle reading for the day he is telling his story of God’s grace and love in his personal life and how that became the basis for his mission in the world.

All of us have a personal story of God’s adventure with us in life.  It forms the basis of our particular ministry – in our time, in our place, for His purposes.  The Apostle Paul inspires us to  live out our life and ministry in response to God’s gracious invitation to adventure with God.  And they glorified God because of me. (Galatians 1:24)

Quote(s):

“There is a divinity that shapes our ends, rough hew them how we may.”  Shakespeare, Hamlet

“The pearl of great value, of course, is faith, more precious than anything else in the world, but faith does not turn us away from the world!  It calls us rather to interest ourselves in it, because God loves it and is interested in it, because God created it and is engaged in his adventure in this reality that is the world.”  Paul Tournier, The Adventure of Living, p. 202.

Illustrations:

In the film, “City Slickers,” Curly advises the greenhorn (Billy Crystal) that the key to life is “one thing” that must be discovered by the person himself.

Music:

“The Church’s One Foundation,” “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” “We Are Called,” “The Servant Song,” “O For a Closer Walk with God,” “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee,” “When We Walk with the Lord,” “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior”

Opening Prayer

We are grateful, Lord God, for your presence here with us, for the support we feel from our fellow believers, for the privilege of communicating with you in prayer, for the wetness and instruction of your holy word, and for the very life that you share with us each day.

Prayer of Confession

Leader: For doing what we ought not to do,

People: Father, forgive.

            Leader: For not doing what we should have done,

People: Father, forgive.

Leader: For doing the right thing for the wrong reason,

People: Father, forgive.

Words of Assurance

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  –Acts 2:21

Intercessory:

Prayer of Thanks for the kindness of others

We are grateful, Father, for those who show us kindness in daily life:

For those who have patience with our faults;

For those who challenge us to do the best we can, even if it doesn’t seem to be enough;

For those who stand with us when others are against us;

For those who act as peacemakers in the midst of conflict;

For those who make that phone call when we need it most;

For those who encourage us when we are about to give up;

For those who always greet us with a smile;

For those who can disagree with us without becoming angry;

For those who send cards when we are sick or need encouragement;

For those who are honest enough to tell us when we are wrong.

Offertory Sentence

As we give our offerings today we remember the woman who brought to Jesus a jar of alabaster ointment as her personal expression of repentance and devotion.

Offertory Prayer

For the food we eat, the water we drink, for roofs over our heads, for the air we breathe, for the gift of life itself, and for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ, we respond with these expressions of thanksgiving.

Benediction

Let your light shine before others,

So that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

–Matthew 5:16

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