Preview for Service of Word and Sacrament, April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Liturgical Color: White
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California
Visit the church website:www.wpctiburon.org, 415-383-5272
240 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, California 94920
This weekly study guide seeks to help members, friends, and visitors prepare for the upcoming Sunday service and teaching.
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Call to Worship (adapted from Ephesians 2:8-10)
One: For by grace you have been saved through faith.
Many: And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
One: Not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Many: For we are what God has made us.
Almighty Teacher, teach us Your ways today. Help us turn the other cheek when we are wronged and do so without bitterness. Inspire us to give to those in need and do so without resentment. Turn our hearts that we may learn how to love our neighbor, even those we find disagreement. Teach us and show us the way of holiness, that we may be a holy people. Amen.
Sermon Focus & Title “High School Reunions”
Continuing our series on “So-called Christian Values” we consider what it means to be people of grace. In our society we teach our children the value of hard work. We believe that hard work will and should be rewarded. At the same time we worry that laziness will lead to life of dependency.
But does that somehow make us the judge of determining the difference between hard work and laziness? And what to say of sheer talent? Or what to say of generational injustices?
Do we always get what we deserve or maybe the better question to ask ourselves is, should we get what we deserve?
Quotes, Questions & Prompts for Continued Reflection, Meditation and Prayer
Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.
-John 9:2–3 (NRSV)
My life was a war that could never be won . . .
Yet why did I allow that man
To touch my soul and teach me love?
He treated me like any other
He gave me his trust
He called me brother
My life he claims for God above
Can such things be?
For I had come to hate the world
This world that always hated me
I feel my shame inside me like a knife
He told me that I have a soul,
How does he know?
What spirit comes to move my life?
Is there another way to go?
I am reaching, but I fall
And the night is closing in
And I stare into the void
To the whirlpool of my sin
I'll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean is nothing now
Another story must begin!
-Jean Valjean from Les Miserables
“God helps those who help themselves.” -unknown