|Scripture Text||Luke 20:27-38|
|Gist of Scripture||A group wanting to talk in the abstract of theology gets schooled by Jesus who talks about the specifics of life being always alive.|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: We are surrounded by signs that life is alive!
P: God is our Creator; fashioning a new life in this very present moment.
L: God is our Liberator; designing a fresh vision for us to see God’s community in the here and now.
P: God is our Sustainer; drawing a deep cleansing breath within our time and space this morning.
All: Let us be mindful of and thankful for life… in God this morning.
|Processional Hymn||145 Morning Has Broken|
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||2009 O God Beyond All Praising|
|Prayer for Understanding||Ever present and attentive Creator, we come wishing we could say the same of ourselves. We admit that we are easily distracted and often don’t pay close enough attention to what you are wanting to say to us. Help us, then, to understand you more this morning. Help us to hear your hope, to listen to your love, and then to follow your faithfulness as we mindfully take your words into our very being. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 20:27-38|
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
|Sermon Title:||Peace on Earth and Goodwill…|
|Hymn:||707 Hymn of Promise|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||We dedicate these gifts we bring back to you in the hope of peace being experienced. May our gifts breathe new life into those who are in need of a new beginning to their unfolding story. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||89 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee|