August 14, 2022: Jesus Christ, Our Crisis

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost


Scripture: Jeremiah 23:23-29; Luke 12:49-56

  • “Prelude on Terra Beata,” by Bonnie Barrett, based on an English Melody; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “How Shall I Come Before the Lord,” English Folk Tune, arr. by Dean McIntyre; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 62: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” by Francis of Assisi
  • Hymn 2117: “Spirit of God,” by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
  • “Sabbath,” by Dennis Eliot; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “This Is My Father’s World,” traditional English melody, and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” African American spiritual; Carlos Xavier, flute; Donna Grubbs, piano
  • Readings from Scripture: Jeremiah 23:23-29; Luke 12:49-56; Dennis Westeren
  • Sermon: “Jesus Christ, Our Crisis,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn: “These are the Days of Elijah,” by Robin Mark
  • Hymn 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
  • “Fanfare Postlude,” by Douglas E. Wagner; Pauline Olsen, organ

Song Leader: Stacey Fradkin

Sermon outline for August 14, 2022

Pastoral Prayer: “Seeing the Signs,”

Scripture Lessons: Jeremiah 23:23-29: Luke 12:49-56

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Sermon Outline:   Jesus Christ, Our Crisis

    1. Peace – from the beginning of Jesus’ life throughout his ministry: “Peace on earth!”   “Go in peace and sin no more.”  “Peace I leave with you.”  “My peace I give you.”  “I have told you these things, so that in me you might have peace.”
    2. BEFORE COVID Many of us, following Jesus’s example, “share the peace” with each other every Sunday morning: “The peace of the Lord be always with you.” “And also with you.”  We assume — the vast majority of us, anyway — that ours is a religion of peace.
    1. Hard words: “No, I tell you, but rather division!  From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.”   “Is not my word like fire? And like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”  ” “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Jesus cries as he makes his way towards Jerusalem and death.
    2. Costly Discipleship
    3. Jesus’ ministry begins with crises (temptations in the wilderness)
      1. Casual Christianity declining. Pew Study (2015)
      2. We need passionate Christianity! Jesus says: 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [a]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23).
      3. Letter from a Birmingham Jail – MLK Jr. The letter, written in response to “A Call for Unity” during the 1963 Birmingham campaign,  MLK:   “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”
        1. Don’t fear the crisis. Christ isthe crisis. And if Christ is the crisis, then he’s in the crisis—he’s with you in the thick of it. It’s the crisis that brings you to the fullness of your humanity—body, mind, and soul—because it’s in this crisis where you realize you need an other.
        2. Jesus forces choices


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