09/04/22 Weekly Worship

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your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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September 4, 2022 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Rev. Denise Clark-Jones


The scripture lessons this morning give warnings, but also invitations. In Jeremiah, God speaks to the prophet using an illustration common to daily life in ancient Israel. The theological tension between God’s omnipotent authority and human free will is played out using the metaphor of a potter and the working of a clay pot. Israel submits itself to the potter, it can participate in his purposes. If not, Israel will be following a path that leads to destruction. In our epistle reading, Paul writes a deeply personal letter to Philemon, urging him to choose the difficult forgiveness and reconciliation that Jesus teaches. The gospel reading from Luke speaks of the radical commitment and cost required to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus’ love for us took him to the cross, and that costly love shapes our journey together as the family of God. Christ calls us to lay aside all the cares and concerns that distract us, so we can and open our eyes to the vision of God’s kingdom.


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Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.