Today’s Passage: Luke 19:1-10
Opening Prayer: Father God, we need you. Move in our lives. Touch our hearts. Change us. Draw us close and hold us tight. May Your voice be the only one we hear. May there be comfort in knowing You. You are my lighthouse. May it always be so! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
Opening Song: Rend Collective – My Lighthouse (Official Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: An Interruption in Jericho – The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost by Barbara Lundblad, the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
If you attended Sunday School as a child, you probably know today’s story well. “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see.” Barbara Lundblad, a preaching professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preaches on this familiar passage from Luke 19:1-10. As a child we don’t think about the economics of the passage. We don’t think much about Zacchaeus being a tax collector and what that meant. Lundblad says, “Zacchaeus knew that making a living wasn’t the same as making a life,” He’d heard that Jesus was a friend of tax collectors and sinners…what if that were true?” What if Jesus could be your friend too? How could that change your life?
Closing Song: Rend Collective – Rescuer (Good News) [Official Music Video]
Closing Prayer: Father God, how is it that You can love us the way You do? Such a blessing that we are known by You… loved by You! May we always seek to be in Your presence. There is Good News. It is found in Jesus Christ! May the Spirit guide us into a greater understanding of this Truth! In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!
Epilogue: Seek – Mover of Mountains – Citipointe Worship (Official)