Two Sundays ago we focused on becoming one with God as Jesus was one. Last week we discovered that God’s Spirit empowers us to use our authentic voice. With that voice comes great power! Today’s passage is about putting our spirit and voice into action.
- The Mountain Top Experiences.
- When the Disciples SAW Jesus they saw him experientially.
- All Authority has been given; The power of choice, liberty do as one pleases.
- Therefor Go and make— Teach, Instruct all nations, Ethnos .
- Baptizing them, means immersing disciples in Jesus’ teachings and way of life.
- To obey Jesus’ commands in a more literal translation —to attend to carefully, to take care of.
- Making disciples is different from proselytizing.
- The Gospel is a way of thinking, living, acting and being!
- We become more One with God.
- We are much more clearer about our purpose.
- We are empowered to put our purpose into action regardless of any obstacles.
Call to Celebration
God of Mystery, God of Presence, we bring our full selves into this worship experience.
You bring wholeness to our disjointed and fragmented pieces of faith.
Although the language of our faith is eternal, you are the God who makes all things relational.
Our understanding of who you are is partial, but knowing you expands our vision.
You revealed to us that giving oneself fully to others gives life new meaning.
Our power is magnified through the sharing of our authentic selves.
God, through your Spirit, we are powerful beings. The work of redemption and transformation can flow through us. We admit that being a conduit of change is unsettling alone. As we give ourselves to the work of healing, remind us that Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit is with us.
Bringing in the Light
Celebrations and Concerns
Scripture & Sermon
Matthew 28: 16-20
Extinguishing the Light
A Prayer for Peace and Restoration
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me show love,
Where the is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved; as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi