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Sermon: Jesus’ Friends
Theme: We are called to be in a relationship with Jesus of listening, partnership, and love from which our way of living and treating others is empowered.
Purpose: We will examine our relationship with Christ.
Scriptures: 1 John 5:1-6 Everyone who believes in Christ has been born of God. We conquer the world through our faith.
John 15:9-17 If we love God we will keep Christ’s commandments to love one another.
Questions: What does Jesus mean when he says that he no longer calls us servants, but calls us friends? What does it mean to be a friend of Christ Jesus? In what ways does our understanding of what it means to be Christian change when we move from serving out of an obligation to living out a loving friendship? How do we become full of the love that Jesus showed in offering forgiveness to the world so that we may be free from judgment, guilt, or fear? How does one develop a faith that enables us to lay our life down as servants of God?
Description for Sunday, May 9, 2021
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
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Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #435 There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy
TEXT: Frederick William Faber, 1854, alt.
MUSIC (IN BABILONE 18.104.22.168.D): Dutch melody; arr. Julius Röntgen, c. 1906
The Presbyterian Hymnal #579 Gloria Patri
Glory Be to the Father
TEXT: Trad. liturgical text. Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851)
Sending Hymn Glory to God Hymnal #309 Come, Great God of All the Ages
TEXT: Mary Jackson Cathey, 1987; © 1990 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.
Used by Permission. MUSIC (ABBOT’S LEIGH 22.214.171.124.D): Cyril Vincent Taylor, 1941; © 1942, ren. 1970 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by Permission. First Presbyterian Church, FDL OneLIcense.net License A-730666
Glory to God Hymnal #765 May the God of Hope Go With Us (verse only)
TEXT: Alvin Schutmaat, 1984
MUSIC (ARGENTINA 126.96.36.199 with refrain): Argentine folk melody
Liturgists: Carol Wetzel