November 6, 2022: God of the Living

Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost

Scripture: Haggai 1:15b-2:9

  • “Built on a Rock,” arr. by Edward Broughton; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “For the Fruits of Creation,” by Pratt Green and Francis Jackson; Trinity Singers
  • Hymn 2220, “We are God’s People,” by Bryan Jeffery Leech and Johannes Brahms
  • Hymn 2269, “Come Share the Lord,” by Bryan Jeffery Leech
  • “Dedication,” by Richard Alan Martens; Pauline Olsen, organ
  • “Break the Bread, Pour the Wine,” by Mark Hayes; Trinity Singers
  • Readings from Scripture: Haggai 1:15b-2:9
  • Readings from the Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
  • Sermon: “God of the Living,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2197, “Lord of All Hopefulness,” by Jan Struther
  • Benediction Song: “Old Irish Blessing,” by Jerome Wright
  • “Glory to His Name,” arr. by Marc Jordan; Pauline Olsen, organ

Sermon Outline, November 6, 2022 — God of the Living

Key Texts

Haggai 2:4b-5

. . . take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD; work, for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts, according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear.

Luke 20: 36, 38

They are children of God, being children of the resurrection . . . Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.

God of the Living

I. Church Triumphant v. Church Militant What WILL be and what it IS now

II. Resurrection

a. Sadducees’ assumptions

b. Resurrection assumptions

c. Apostles’ Creed, affirmation that we believe in “the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting”

III. Easter People: Resurrection People

a. “We are Easter people, and alleluia is our song.” St. Augustine of Hippo, 4th – 5th cent.

b. Easter People, Raise Your Voices! Rev. William James, 1981

IV. Easter, NOW

a. Since resurrection is about how we live in the presence of God, both now and beyond death, what does the Kingdom of God look like amongst us? What is evidence that God is with us and abides with us?

b. Seeing how Jesus invites the Sadducees to see beyond the confines of their logical, narrow limits, how do I allow Jesus to speak to my presumptions, asking him to soften my heart and loosen my grip on any limited thinking I have come to rely on?

c. Don’t be lured into thinking that eternal life is in the future. It’s happening now. What will you do with it? What will you do with resurrection?