Call To Worship Leader: Let us each come before the Lord this day with an open heart! People: Shall we share with the Lord every hope and dream of our hearts? Leader: Those are a part of who we are. God would have us open wide our hearts. People: But if we share the dreams of our hearts, will God still love us? Leader: Yes, for God knew what was in our hearts even before the cross. All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.