Evangelectionary for Sunday, September 7th 2014

Lectionary (Year A): Exodus 12:1-14 or Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 149 or Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Theme: “What’s It All About, Alfie?”

Message: “It All Comes Down to This!”

  1. Priority of Love
  2. What is Love?
  3. Who Loves Like This?
  4. Practicing Love

Quote(s):

“Time is…

Too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love, Time is not.”

Henry VanDyke

Film, other visual aids:

Thornton Wilder,Our Town

Emily dies giving birth to her child.  Fictitiously, in life after death she elects to return to relive any moment of her life and she chooses her 12th birthday, discovering that everyone is too busy to look at her, to love her:

“O Mama, just look at me one minutes as though you really saw me.  Mama, fourteen years have gone by.  I’m dead.  You’re a grandmother Mama…But just for a moment now we’re all together…just for a moment we’re all happy…look!”  All to no avail.  “I can’t go on; it goes so fast.  We don’t have time to look at one another…Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?—every, every minute?”

Drew Pearson, columnist, wrote his grandson a letter that endures today through the decades: “Some years ago Charles Evers’ brother, Medgar, was shot and killed from ambush while putting his car in the garage…Charles had every reason to be bitter about his brother’s death.  Most people would have resorted to revenge and violence.  But Evers applied the doctrine of love…he was elected mayor of the little town of Fayette, the first negro mayor elected in Mississippi since the carpetbaggers…announcing as his motto: ‘Let’s replace hate with love.’”

Music: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

Opening Prayer

“Ever –loving God, who having loved us loves us still, help us to hear again your word, ‘By this shall they know you are my disciples; that you love one another.’  Turn our hostility into hospitality and our callousness into care.  Through Christ, we pray.  Amen.”  (A Guide to Prayer For All God’s People, Upper Room Books, Reuben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, 1990, p. 175)

Intercessory:

“Grant me, Lord, to spread true love in the world.  Grant that by me and by your children it may penetrate a little into all circles, all societies, all economic and political systems, all laws, all contracts, all rulings; Grant that it may penetrate into offices, factories, apartment buildings, movie houses, dance halls; Grant that it may penetrate the hearts of men and that I may never forget that the battle for a better world is a battle of love, in the service of love.”  Michel  Quoist, Sheed and Ward, 1963

Benediction:

“In this hour, loving God, you have touched me with love.  Send me now to be your touch-of-love for another.  May the love of Jesus flow through me, a current of healing and life.  Amen”

(A guide to Prayer for All God’s People, 1990, p. 175)

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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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