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Fall Focus 2018: Finding Our Neighbors (Week 1)

Radical Hospitality for the Rest of Us

Scripture Readings:  Hebrews 13, Romans 12, Luke 14

The Good News is that the Gospel of Jesus is alive and coming to us from others – and coming from us to others! The life of Jesus is bridging us to paths of hope and life giving acceptance that happen when God’s hospitality opens our hearts and engages our lives.

Today we welcome just a few of the people who are finding life and hope among us.  They bring with them an invitation to see what God is doing in the world and to welcome it into our hearts and into our lives as well.  This is the heart of Radical Hospitality.  It is a primary by-product of being made new in Christ.

Finding our Neighbors is about opening our hearts and our lives to God’s Hospitality, where we learn to open our lives newly and creatively to people God’s bring to us along our Journey of Faith.  This is what we mean by “Finding our Neighbors.”   It is a work of God, opening our lives and the lives of others as the life of Christ is poured out into our lives and into our community life, through God’s love and mercy.

Today, I want to share with you a vision for and seven signs of Radical Hospitality as God opens us to God’s work right here were we live.  They are called:  Radical Hospitality for the Rest of Us.

When we practice Radical Hospitality, two things happen.   First, those we welcome begin to experience the radical “Welcome” of God among us.  And second, we each on our own experience a participation in what God is doing and a liberation from our self-preoccupation.  The liberation that learning to practice Radical Hospitality wherever we go, is a liberation for us and our lives.  Liberation is what happens for all of us as God’s Radical Hospitality is accepted and shared.    This is “Finding Our Neighbors.”

It is a powerful way to live.  It is God’s way with us.  It is life giving for those who practice it and for those who receive it.

 

Sunday’s Sermon: September 16, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on September 16, 2018, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9,Psalm 116:1-9, James 3:1-12,Mark 8:27-38 

Sermon: “Hold the Tongue, Reserve Judgement and Wait on the Lord”

Prayer: O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: September 2, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 26, 2018, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9, Psalm 15, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 

Sermon: “Centered on God”

Prayer: O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: August 26, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 26, 2018, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18,Psalm 34:15-22, Ephesians 6:10-20,John 6:56-69 

Sermon: “A Feast of Hope”

Prayer: Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 5, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 5, 2018, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Exodus 16:2-4,9-15, Psalm 78:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35

Sermon: “Come in For What You Need, Stay For The Needs of Others 

Prayer: O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, July 29, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 29, 2018, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21

Sermon: A Message from Pastor Carlsen 

Prayer: Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 15, 2018, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Amos 7:7-15, Psalm 85:8-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29

Sermon: A Measured Course and a Plumb Line

Prayer: O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 8, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 8, 2018, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13

Sermon: I Forgot to Check My Hearing Aids…

Prayer:  God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 1, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 1, 2018, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Lamentations 3:22-33, Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24, Psalm 30, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43

Sermon: A Healing Touch in the Midst of Lamentation

Prayer:  Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on June 17, 2018, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14 -17, Mark 4:26-34

Sermon: “Sanctuary is Received and Shared”

Prayer:  O God, you are the tree of life, offering shelter to all the world. Graft us into yourself and nurture our growth, that we may bear your truth and love to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

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