Weekly Evangelectionary for Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Texts: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 or Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29;  Psalm 124 or Psalm 19:7-14; ; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
Theme: Faith that Works!
Message: “From Prayer to Care”

A People of Prayer

  • In suffering
  • In Joy (Cf. Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:19)
  • In sickness

A People of Care

  • Requires Patience
  • Involves Persistence
  • Practiced through non-judgmental love
  • Achieved through Prayer

Quote(s):
“To save another’s soul is the surest way to save one’s own soul.”  Wm. Barclay
“He prayeth best who loveth best, All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.  Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day.  For what are men better than sheep or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friends?  For so the whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”  Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.”  Jeremy Taylor
“If you do not wish for His Kingdom, don’t pray for it, but if you do, you must do more than pray for it, you must work for it.”  John Ruskin

Illustration: $3.00 WORTH OF GOD, PLEASE

Tim Hansel in his book “When I Relax I feel Guilty,” writes some insights of what most people want from God.

“I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please.”

If we would be totally honest, the idea of transformation really scares us. That is because we know that such a radical change would be quite uncomfortable. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.

(From a sermon by Scott Chambers, The Mission if You Accept it: Transformation, 2/15/2011)

Music
“Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart,” “Lord, Speak to Me,” “He Leadeth Me,” “Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve”

Call to Worship
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8

Opening Prayer
Lord Jesus, we praise you today as our Savior.  You have saved us from the guilt of our sins.  You are saving us from the power of our sins.  You will save us from the very presence of our sins.   Lord Jesus, receive our praise!

Prayer of Intercession (For a variety of needs)
For those who are alienated from their families, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are in the grip of an addiction, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are weighed down by the heaviness of past hurts, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are shackled by a desire to seek revenge, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are paralyzed by an irrational fear, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are struggling to succeed despite prejudice and discrimination, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who are haunted by a guilty conscience, let us pray to the Lord (Pause)
For those who fear the disclosure of a secret from the past, let us pray to the Lord. (Pause)

Benediction:
God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you, put his arms unfailing round you; God be with you till we meet again.”  –William Tomer (1833-1896)
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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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