May 3, 2015
John 15:1-8
1 John 4:7-21
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31

The Simplicity of God's Call

First Sunday in Lent

from the book
God's Love for Us
Pulpit Messages for the Lenten Season


Edward R. Mangelsdorf



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The young man looked up from the ground.

Tears filled his eyes.

The funeral procession had come to a halt,
but standing there beside him was a figure of compassion.

The young man's voice was choked with tears:
"What do I do now," he said.
"He's gone."

And as if asking a question to which he expected no answer, he said this:
"What sense does life make?"

And at that moment, the voice of the figure whispers down to him,
his voice filled with the utmost compassion and understanding:
"Let the dead bury the dead.
Follow me."

The young man reaches out for his hand,
and arises.

Following Our Lord,
he finds life.


Is it really that simple?
- to accept Christ's invitation, and in that way to find life?

"What's the catch?" we ask.
"What do we have to do first?"
"Don't we have to know something before we begin?"

No, it really is that simple:
to get up from wherever we are,
at the edge of a graveside,
in the middle of our doubts,
in the middle of our questions and our probings,
in the...

This First Sunday in Lent sermon, The Simplicity of God's Call, is based on Romans 8:38-39 and relates to First Sunday in Lent of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book God's Love for Us . 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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