Sermon: Ephesians 3:14-21 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost – A Vicar’s parting prayer
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Sermon as preached at the 8am service
Merry Christmas to All
Jesus Speaks!!! Honestly, this isn’t something new, but what if I told you Jesus spoke in the Old Testament long before He rend the heavens and came down to us. What did he say? What is our response? What does Chuck E. Cheese, Back to the Future, Superman, and the Wizard of Oz have to do with all this? Only one way to find out…
Isaiah 64:1-9 the appointed Old Testament text for the 1st Sunday in Advent was our focus for this morning. How could Isaiah ask the Lord to rend the heavens and come down? How could Isaiah pray to God and refer to him as “our Father” or “our Redeemer?” Questions like this and others are answered in Isaiah’s text. We also take a look at how our liturgy today points directly to the coming Advent, either the celebration of Christ’s birth or constant reminder that Christ is returning again… We do not know the day or the hour, but we are urgently witnessing to both God’s children and His lost children.
What does it mean to be ready for the second coming? What are we to do with every blessing that God has bestowed upon us? Are we to envy those who have great talents? Is there some sort of gain for trading of our talent to another? The world tells us to not only gather worldly possessions, but to covet them. The world would have us apply our worldly norms on God’s blessing to us. What does that mean for you as Christians?
We all enjoy receiving an invitation to a wedding. Feelings from within start to come out, feelings of joy and happiness. When we go to the wedding we dress in nice outfits. We put on our best dress or suit. There is one wedding invitation that every person on this earth has been invited to and there is only one garment that can be worn. This week Vicar Ekong builds upon Paul’s message “Pressing on towards the Goal” by preaching on the “Forgotten Wedding Garment.