Evangelectionary for Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lectionary (Year C): I Kings 18:20-39 or 18:20-21. 30-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10

Theme: “Unexpected Faith and Unlimited Healing”

Message:

A Greek author of a gospel of the Jewish Messiah tells the unexpected story of a Roman Centurion’s slave who was healed by Jesus, who himself exclaimed: “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:9)

  1. Ethnic diversity is nothing new
  2. Faith is often found in unexpected places
  3. God’s grace, love and healing is unlimited in scope and results

Quote(s):

“In this healing narrative, Jesus was teaching several important truths, all of which were revolutionary: (1) Jesus had divine power to heal; (2) in granting the request of a centurion, Jesus was demonstrating that godly compassion is not limited by nationality or creed; and (3) by healing a slave, Jesus was demonstrating that godly compassion is not limited by social standing.  Even Romans and slaves have a right to health care!”  Leroy Koopman, Liturgical Publications inc.

“Christ healed the centurion spiritually before healing the servant.”  John Calvin

“God’s saving grace extends to the uninvited guest.  The ones we consider to be gatecrashers unworthy to attend the party are the very ones offered God’s provision regardless…Jesus healed the least powerful one of all.”  Verlee A. Copeland in Feasting on the Word, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary,  Year C, Volume 1, David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor General Editors,  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville.

Music:

“Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life,”“O, Zion, Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling,” “Christ for the World, We Sing”

Call to Worship

Leader: Rich and poor, healthy and sick,

People: WE COME TO THE LORD.

Leader: Black and white, Latino and Asian, and all others as well,

People: WE COME TO THE LORD.

Leader: Seekers and finders, witnesses and wanderers,

People: WE COME TO THE LORD.

Prayer of Confession:

For encouragements unsaid, for good deeds not done, for love unexpressed, for thanksgiving unfelt, and for commitments unkept, forgive us, Lord God.

Benediction:

Go forth remembering that as a Christian you carry the name of Christ himself.

Carry it humbly, for you carry it by grace.

Carry it proudly, for you follow the King of kings.

Carry it responsibly, for others judge Christ by what they see in you.

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Bruce is a retired pastor and former Director of Evangelism in the Reformed Church in America now living in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the RCA's representative to Evangelism Connections and serves as Managing Editor of this Web site.

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