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7th Sunday after Epiphany (c)


 


Texts & Discussions:

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38

 

 

Prayer of Confession (by Rev. F. Schaefer)

We confess that we have sinned against our neighbor.  We have not fully loved them. We have entertained hateful thoughts and actions, we have not shown mercy and forgiveness. Forgive us we pray and show us the way of humility and reconciliation.  

Empower us to turn away from our anger, refrain from hurtful words, lay down our weapons, and embrace with love and compassion even those who call us enemies.  Let us grow so strong in our love for you and one another that your Name will be glorified in all the world.  Break down the barriers of discrimination and bigotry among us. 

Teach us on this day to follow the Way of Love which you revealed to us through your Son Jesus.  Through your Spirit, unite us through the love of Christ.  Amen.



Sermons

  • Judge Not  Luke 6:36-38            (see excerpt below)
    by Rev. Frank Schaefer

    Watch a two minute conclusion of this sermon (by F. Schaefer):



     

  • The Power of Love  Luke 6:27-35 (Matthew 5:43-48) 
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (ed. by F. Schaefer)
     

  • God will Find a Way, Genesis 45:1-15
    by Rev. Randy L Quinn                

     

  • Radical lovers  Genesis 45:3-11, 15
    by Rev. Thomas Hall


Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

Judge Not  Luke 6:36-38            (see below)
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Watch a two minute conclusion of this sermon (by F. Schaefer):

The trouble with judging others is that those who do, think they are better than others. The truth is: we arenít! We are all human beings with flaws and sins and if we assume to be better than others, that's pretty much the worst sin.

Jesus is saying don't judge lest you be judged because but the exact same measure that you measure somebody else you will be measured. So, be careful because if youíre judging others you're actually putting yourself in a very bad spot.

But if you have grace for others (and that's what the scripture talked about that we read in the beginning) by the same measure that you pour on others in terms of grace and love and compassion of forgiveness is going to be put on you. So that puts you in a good spot if you truly do that to others. This is an amazing principle, isnít it?

And another trouble with judging others is that, according to the way Jesus described God, God isn't even doing any judging. The God that Jesus proclaimed isn't judging us. The God who Jesus proclaimed has grace for us--unending mercy, forgiveness, love and compassion. Though God could be and would have every right to be judgmental, God chooses to have grace for us!

So, if you are judging somebody else, you're putting yourself above God who isn't even judging us. That's what's wrong with judging others. It's completely wrong, it doesnít make sense to do that as Christians...Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and more

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