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01.06.2019

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: 

Our world can be confusing at times. Competing headlines and narratives flood our senses. It is hard to know what is true. Ever new revelations and experiences cause us to doubt previously held convictions. And then there are the waring desires and questions that volley back and forth in our own heads. Sometimes it is hard to see and life feels murky and gray. It is into the dark reality of this human predicament that Christianity proclaims that God has made his light shine in the world. Come this Sunday and as we learn about a light that is good news for a confused world.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.

—C. S. Lewis

 

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

—Jesus of Nazareth

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 60:1-5; 19-21a

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.

3 And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

 

4 Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from afar,

and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

5 Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and exult,

because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

The sun shall be no more

your light by day,

nor for brightness shall the moon

give you light;

but the Lord will be your everlasting light,

and your God will be your glory.

20 Your sun shall no more go down,

nor your moon withdraw itself;

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,

and your days of mourning shall be ended.

21 Your people shall all be righteous;

 

John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Father, the light of your salvation shines in the world and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Yet we live as if your light cannot defeat darkness.
Forgive us for doubting your salvation.

Through your Spirit, you never abandon us; your name is Emmanuel, “God with us.”

When life becomes difficult, we fear your presence has left us.
Forgive us for turning to other things for comfort.

Jesus, at your return you promise to wipe away all tears and heal all pain.

Instead of trusting you to restore your world, we take matters into our own hands.
Forgive us for doing what is right in our own eyes.

Silent Confession

Lord, of these sins we repent. Forgive us according to your mercy and steadfast love. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER:

Hark the herald angels sing,
Jesus the light of the world.
Glory to the newborn king,
Jesus the light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night;
Jesus the light of the world.

Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus the light of the world.
Join the triumph of the skies,
Jesus the light of the world.

Christ by highest heaven adored,
Jesus the light of the world.
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Jesus the light of the world.

Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace,
Jesus The light of the world.
Hail the Son of righteousness,
Jesus the light of the world.