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Jesus Begins His Ministry and Calls Some Disciples
Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3

from the book
Lectionary Worship Workbook
Series II, Cycle A Gospel Texts

Wayne H. Keller


Matthew 4:12-23


 

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Adoration And Praise

Invitation to the Celebration

Begin with words similar to these: "You are all sinners in the hands of an angry God. So repent, or go to hell. That's what the Bible says, and that's what you need to believe, or else...." How would you like to hear that every week? Or even, once a year? People throughout much of church history have heard precisely that. Jonathan Edwards had people groaning and sitting on the edge of their pews crying out, "God, have mercy on me!" as he preached his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God!" Though the method of proclaiming repentance has changed in the contemporary church, the message still rings forth, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near."

Response

"Praise Ye (You) the Lord, the Almighty" (Joachim Neander, 1680). (Encourage people to stroll around the sanctuary as they sing.)
P: Who are you to have come here?

M: We are forgiven repenters.

P: What is it to ...

This Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 worship resource, Jesus Begins His Ministry and Calls Some Disciples, is based on Matthew 4:12-23 and relates to Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This worship resource is excerpted from the book Lectionary Worship Workbook. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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