Today’s Passage: Luke 4:14-21
Opening Prayer: Father God, so often we do not know or even appreciate how much You have to offer us. We are often blinded by what it takes for us to simply make it through the day. Help us to know and appreciate You. Help us to see the blessings that await us as we turn to You and submit our lives to You. If we are so blessed to know You already, help us to help others to find You. We are here to worship You now, in this place, wherever this place may be for each one of us. May You speak to us as we read Your Word, worship You through song, and receive You through the message we are about to hear. All these things, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Let the Weight of Your Glory Fall – by Paul Wilbur.wmv
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “A Jesus Style Jubilee” by Scott Spencer, New Testament scholar.
In this Sunday’s sermon from Luke 4:14-21 New Testament professor Scott Spencer says, “Just as everyone remembers their first kiss, so preachers remember their first sermons. In both cases it’s usually a bittersweet memory,” But for Jesus it was different. “Instead of shaking his hand and hugging his neck, the audience lays violent hands on him and tries to wring his neck…So, what in the world did Jesus say in that sermon to set his neighbors off like that?” It’s a good question, and Spencer–one of the most engaging scholars of our time–has some good answers.
Closing Song: Let God Arise – Paul Wilbur
Closing Prayer: Father God, what a wonderful work You have done in Your people! We praise You for all you have done. While we await the return of Jesus, the Christ, we will serve You and You alone. May we hear Your call and respond! Such a Jubilee! We have been forgiven! May we continue to celebrate how You are revealed to us and through us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.