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Sermon and Liturgy for Ordinary 11 -Proper 6 - Year C
II Samuel 11:26 - 12:15, Psalm 32; Galatians 2:11-21; Luke 7:36-50
"Applying The Word"

READING:  II Samuel 11:26 - 12:15, Psalm 32; Galatians 2:11-21; Luke 7:36-50
SERMON :  "Applying The Word"

Rev. Richard J. Fairchild
C-or11sm.y-c 618000

   The following is a more or less complete liturgy and sermon
   for the upcoming Sunday.  Hymn numbers, designated as VU are
   found in the United Church of Canada Hymnal "Voices United".
   SFPG is "Songs For A Gospel People", also available from the UCC.
   Note: The sermon below is a series of notes to guide the sermon
   rather than a full text.  It was first preached on "Father's Day".
   Nonetheless it should help you to develop your own take on the 
   texts.  Note the expanded version of the reading from Galatians.  
   The Children' Story first appeared in King Duncan, Dynamic 
   Preaching, April/May/June 95.  For a full version of the sermon
   check our file c-or11su.php
GATHERING AND MUSICAL PRELUDE (* = please stand) * WORDS OF WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Psalm 5) L The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. P And also with you. L God is not pleased with wrongdoing. P God allows no evil in his presence. L But because of God's great love we can come into his house. P Because of God's mercy we can worship in his holy Temple. L Those who take refuge in God will rejoice and sing for joy. P Because of God they are truly happy. His love protects them like a shield. THIS WEEK AT ST. ANDREW'S - Welcome and Announcements - Birthdays and Anniversaries - Special Matters - Sharing Joys and Concerns MUSIC AND SILENT PREPARATION * PRAYER OF INVOCATION Lord God - we celebrate your loving presence this day. We gather to praise you for your goodness and to pray that it may be ours - to thank you for your wisdom and your mercy - and to ask that it may dwell within our hearts - and to sing of your holiness and your healing love - and to request that we might ourselves be holy and ourselves - by the power of your Spirit - have a healing and loving presence. Bless us dear God, and help us to bless your name now and always. Amen. * HYMN: "Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers" - VU 385 CHILDREN'S TIME: "Learning To Sing Like A Bird" Object: Feathers Theme: What We Are Is Taught to Us Young Source: King Duncan, Dynamic Preaching, April/May/June 95 Good morning. I read something so interesting. Did you know that scientists now think that birds learn how to sing from other birds? We might think that birds are born knowing how to sing, but that may not be true. Scientists have raised certain birds away from any others of their own kind, and these birds are unable to sing the songs that other birds of their species are able to sing. Indeed the scientists who raised such birds were able to teach them parts of a popular song to replace the song that they would have learned from other birds. Left alone, a bird like this without knowing the right song would always be lonely, because bird songs are involved in finding a mate. Did you know there are many things in life you and I must learn, just like birds -like what things are good for us and what things are bad for us - what things are safe and what things are dangerous--and many, many other things. That is why God gives us special people in our lives -parents, grandparents, and other special people, to help us learn just as they learned many years ago when they were our age. This is Father's Day and we especially honour our Dads. But we also honour all those adults who help us learn and grow to be the kind of people we ought to be. Remember this, if a bird has to learn to sing from other birds, there are certainly some things we need to learn if we are going to be the kind of people we ought to be. PRAYER AND THE LORD'S PRAYER Lord God - we thank you for our father - and for the other people in our life - who show us how to live. - We pray that you may give them - the good things that they need - and help them to be - loving and faithful - as you yourself are. We ask it in the name of your son Jesus. - Amen. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen * HYMN OF PRAISE: "One More Step Along The World I Go" - VU 639 A READING FROM II SAMUEL 11:26 -12:15 (NIV) When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. {27} After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD. The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. {2} The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, {3} but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. {4} "Now a traveller came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveller who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him." {5} David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! {6} He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity." {7} Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. {8} I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. {9} Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. {10} Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.' {11} "This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. {12} You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'" {13} Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. {14} But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." {15} After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. L This is the word of the Lord. P Thanks be to God. RESPONSIVE READING: Psalm 32 (Voices United 759 and Sung Refrain) A READING FROM GALATIANS 2:11-21 (NIV) When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. {12} Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. {13} The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. {14} When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? {15} "We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile sinners' {16} know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. {17} "If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! {18} If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. {19} For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. {20} I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. {21} I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" L This is the word of the Lord. P Thanks be to God. * HYMN: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" - VU 664 A READING FROM LUKE 7:36-50 (NIV) Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. {37} When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, {38} and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. {39} When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner." {40} Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, teacher," he said. {41} "Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. {42} Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he cancelled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?" {43} Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt cancelled." "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. {44} Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. {45} You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. {46} You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. {47} Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little." {48} Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." {49} The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" {50} Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." L This is the gospel of our Risen Lord. P Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ. SERMON: "Applying The Word" O Lord, we pray, speak in this place, in the calming of our minds and the longing of our hearts, by the words of my lips and in the meditations of our hearts. Speak, O Lord, for your servants listen. Amen. Easy to believe \ say \ general principals of faith \ apply to others. Hard to apply to ourself! David had a passion for justice: - rich man \ poor man's lamb he could apply the law to others but did not recognize himself! Peter felt free to live like a gentile - to eat with them - to relax the old law for the new - but when faced with external pressure - he backed off this freedom - did not live the freedom of Christ. Simon the Pharisee - zeal for God - for the word - a word that mandated hospitality and kindness to others - welcoming of angels - He knew the prostitute was a sinner and judged her so - yet she did the works of love and of hospitality that he ought! We often Judge others - we often apply the Word to them - but not to self. We become intolerant and unloving - we act as if we are forgiven little.... I speak to all of us about this -- but on this father's day we need to consider the meaning of this especially for men. There is a movement called "Promise Keepers" that swept over the nation - especially the USA - over the last few years. Their aim is simple - to get men to be Godly - to honour and obey Christ - to keep their promises - to be good husbands and fathers - to recognize that men try to run their own shows instead of having God do it. Men often try to set the agenda for their wives, their kids, their jobs. They try to fix things according to their own standards of what is right and wrong but the question is can we even fix ourselves? With our children we don't need an analyse of what they are doing wrong or right, and orders barked out and suggestions made and judgements passed. Rather we need to pray for ourselves and them - to model our own faithfulness that they may see and to share the word not just in talk - but by how we show our commitment to it in our daily life and in our Sabbath observances. With ourselves - we need to apply the word to our own lives before we get into trouble - before we sin. We need to remember we are forgiven much... and love much. To develop a godly humility and faithfulness. We are forgiven much - each one of us we are called to love much and to trust that God will honour his word and save us - and work his saving work on behalf of others through the godly things we do. * HYMN: "Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive" - VU 364 PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Gracious God, make our lives, through Jesus our true Vine, living branches of faith, hope, and love, so that the existence of others may be enriched and our own lives grow mature with the fruit of the Holy Spirit - that Spirit given to us by you, our heavenly Father and by your Son and our brother, Christ Jesus.... Lord, hear our prayer... Gracious God, help us to be persons who love unconditionally as you love - people who do not place demands or conditions on those whom we accept and, equally, who do not give up the freedom that Christ won for us by trying to win the love of others or of you by seeking to conform to conditions that they may set upon loving us.... Lord hear our prayer... Caring God, for our brothers and sisters in all their diverse needs we also pray this day. We pray with thankfulness for those prayers you have already answered - and with hearts of hope for those things yet to be... Hear now the intentions upon our hearts and in the word's of our lips. We remember before you today, O God, (BIDDING PRAYER) .... Lord hear our prayer... All these things we pray in the name of Christ Jesus your son, and our brother and our Lord. Amen * SHARING GOD'S BLESSINGS: As the Offering is presented all stand for the Doxology (Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow - VU 541) and Prayer of Dedication Father - as you have blessed us and given us a home and a family - so we would bless you and the home and the family you have given us. Accept, we pray, our gifts and use them in your loving and healing service. We ask it in the name of Jesus - Amen * HYMN: "Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love" - VU 593 COMMISSIONING: In the power of the Holy Spirit, we now go forth into the world to fulfil our calling as the people of God, the body of Christ. BENEDICTION AND THREEFOLD AMEN Go in peace, love and care for one another in Christ's name, - and may the blessing of Christ Jesus be upon each and everyone of you, - may his mercy uphold you - his compassion guide you - and his strength sustain you - and his love fill you, both now and forevermore. Amen CHORAL BLESSING: "Go Now In Peace" - VU 964 copyright - Rev. Richard J. Fairchild - Spirit Networks, 2001 - 2006 please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these sermons.

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