Today’s Passage: Luke 21:5-19
Opening Prayer: Father God, at times we feel like our world is collapsing around us. Change can be frightening. Thank you for providing comfort and peace in times of trouble. May You strengthen us and give us rest when are burdens seem heavy. In the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to Your glory, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Ryan Stevenson – When We Fall Apart (Official Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: When Your World Collapses – The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost [11/17/19] by Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Imagine being called into your boss’s office and being told that you’re just not cut out for your position, the one you had dreamed about as a child. Michael Renninger pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia tells of how he was called into the office of the priest in charge at his monastery and told that he would never be a priest because he “did not have what it takes.” Renninger says, “my world collapsed around me.” He gives us a personal take on Luke 21:5-19, Jesus’s prediction of the destruction of the temple. Listen as he preaches on how painful endings are not the end and how this passage challenges us to look at the world differently.
Closing Song: David Phelps – End of the Beginning [Live]
Closing Prayer: Father God, You are the author of new beginnings. Your Word teaches us how to live now and what is to come upon our death or the return of Jesus Christ. May we trust in Your Word and not be fearful. May we be forever grateful for the promise of eternal life. May we remain faithful to You, Lord God, to the end of our days on this earth. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: Kutless – What Faith Can Do (Official Music Video)