We pray this worship service gives you something to think about, something to bring you joy, and something to fill your soul.
There are reoccurring themes in Scripture. One of those themes has to do with doors. From the doors to the huts that the Jewish slaves live while they were in Egypt to the stunning, glorious doors, or gates, we will see in New Jerusalem. What do those doors mean to us and for us?
The Scripture today in both the reading and the sermon Scripture seems, at a causal reading, somewhat harsh or even gross. But that is because the hearers could not grasp the meaning because they could not sense the Lord's message. When we are with the Lord we can understand His plan and meaning. is with us
Life is filled with sadness and grief and uncertainty. Even today during prayer time we were told of two different things that grieved our souls. But the Lord does not just leave us out there. He is ready to calm the storm. Today we learn of a tragety that is turned around to victory.
Have we drifted off course? Our relationship with the Lord requires constant and steady care. We don't just go out and plant a garden in the Spring and then go back and start harvesting our garden at ripening time with no care or nurturing given. So it is with our relationship with God.
The biggest problem in the world, whether it be the religious world or the secular world, is that humanity seeks to co-opt the world and all that is on it and the world and all the power it possesses and the world and all the glory it offers and tries and make it our own. How arrogant. Today we look at that situation.