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SermonSuite April 30, 2017
Luke 24:13-35
1 Peter 1:17-23
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
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In this issue:
  • Claimed, Framed, Changed — Sermon by Tony S. Everett excerpted from Show-and-Tell: First Lesson Cycle A Sermons for Lent and Easter based on Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (SermonStudio).
  • Third Sunday of Easter — Worship resources based on Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 by Beverly S. Bailey excerpted from Lectionary Worship Workbook: Series IV, Cycle A (SermonStudio).
  • Jamie's Uncle Jim — Children's story/sermon by Janice Scott based on Luke 24:13-35 from The Village Shepherd.

Show-and-Tell: First Lesson Cycle A Sermons for Lent and Easter

Claimed, Framed, Changed
Sermon by Tony S. Everett excerpted from Show-and-Tell: First Lesson Cycle A Sermons for Lent and Easter based on Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (SermonStudio).

What do athletic coaches, politicians, and preachers have in common? They are expected to give inspirational pep talks, speeches, or sermons that fire up powerful emotions. They are supposed to motivate their listeners to "give 110%," overcoming all obstacles to victory no matter what the cost.

Coaches know that the best pep talk can only get athletes through the first football collision, the first gymnastics tumbling pass, or the first baseball at bat. Politicians know that the most stirring speech is forgotten when the auditorium clears or the channel is changed. Preachers know that emotions raised in the most energizing sermon quickly dissipate with the last chords of the final hymn.

Emotions fire and fizzle without a game plan. With specific directions to follow, athletes, voters, and parishioners find themselves trapped in an endless and random pattern of emotional highs and lows. It's the "same-old-same-old"; "almost-but-not-quite" search for meaning. It's the "woul-da'-coulda'-shoulda -- if-only" self-deceiving quest for success.

Today's text begins with the conclusion of what may have been the most inspiring and motivational address ever given by Peter. Peter had just described how God's plan of love was poured out for them by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:14-35). Now Peter declares "with certainty that God has made him [Jesus] both Lord and messiah" (Acts 2:36). This fulfills God's game plan of salvation not just for everybody in the crowd but for all of Israel. God's promised Messiah had come to them and he was Jesus of Nazareth. God's promised Christ, Peter told them, was "this Jesus whom you crucified" (Acts 2:36).

Wow! That really fanned their emotional flames. Our text states that "when they heard this, they were cut to the heart" (Acts 2:37). In one powerful address, Peter had described how God still claimed them as God's own children, even though they killed their own God-given messiah. In one inspiring sermon Peter made clear how God still had placed them within the center of God's love, framed by the outstretched embrace of Christ crucified.

Of course the people were cut to the heart and stung to the soul. Of course they were deeply grieved and saddened when they experienced the full implication of Peter's words. Claimed by God, yes; framed within God's love, yes; but now they were brokenhearted (see Psalm 109:16) and stunned by their own past misguided behavior.

So, now what? What could they do about it all? What can you do when your emotions are stirred up? Well, you can ignore them and push them down deep inside and pretend they just don't exist. However, that doesn't work for very long. Emotions aren't imaginary. They remain in the brain. Somehow they will come out and show themselves. Like it or not. Push them down long enough and they will burst through our best efforts to keep them under control... just like a shaken up bottle of soda when the cap is removed. Sometimes this emotional spray looks like uncontrollable rage. Other times it looks like a flood of tears. Still other times, overwhelming emotions seek release through repeated physical here for the rest of the sermon

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Worship Resources
Lectionary Worship Workbook: Series IV, Cycle A
Third Sunday Of Easter
Worship resources based on Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 by Beverly S. Bailey excerpted from Lectionary Worship Workbook: Series IV, Cycle A (SermonStudio).

I Want To Be Ready (NCH616)
I Love My God, Who Heard My Cry (NCH511, PH362)
Jesus, Priceless Treasure (NCH480)
O Lamb Of God, Most Holy (PH82)
Abide With Me (NCH99, CBH653, UM700)
Be Known To Us In Breaking Bread (NCH342, PH505)
There Is A Place Of Quiet Rest (CBH5)
Break Thou The Bread Of Life (CBH361)

See That You Love One Another, Joseph Roff, H. W. Gray, SATB/Soprano solo
Open Our Eyes, Lord, Bob Cull, Worship And Praise
Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace,
Lindh, SATB
In Thee Is Gladness, Cherwien, Unison or SATB

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 116)
Leader: I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
People: Because God inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on God as long as I live.
Leader: What shall I return to God for all gifts to me?
People: I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of Yahweh.
Leader: I will pay my vows to Yahweh in the presence of all people,
All: In the courts of the house of Yahweh, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise God!

Call to Confession
"There is a place of quiet rest near to the heart of God." Let us take our remorse and fears to God by offering our Prayer of Confession, first together and then individually and silently. Let us here for more resources

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Dean Feldmeyer
Meeting Jesus Again
Luke 24:13-35

Last month the Barna Research Group released some more of their findings about why people, especially those in the millennial generation, aren’t going to church. Basically, it can be boiled down into two assertions:
1. I’m not meeting God at church; and
2. The church isn’t making the world a better place.
     In other words, from their perspective the Christian church, in all of its modern
permutations, is not keeping the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40), nor is it living out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
     Of course, Barna says, this is not news. It has been happening for decades. It’s just being felt more now because the numbers are greater.
     People come to church to meet Jesus, up close and personal, face to face. They want and expect not just to hear about Jesus but to have an encounter with the Living Christ. They are hungry for that encounter; they need it to give their lives meaning, direction, depth, and authenticity. And they want to be part of something that is actually improving their lives and the lives of generations to come.
     Like those two disciples walking to Emmaus on that first Easter afternoon, they are at loose ends and looking for direction -- and they are asking us to help them find it through Jesus Christ....more
My Laughin' Place
There's an old Uncle Remus story about Br'er Rabbit. Br'er Fox catches Br'er Rabbit and is fixin' to cook him for supper. Rabbit kinda giggles behind his hand. Fox grabs him by the ear, and says, "Why you laughin'?"
     Rabbit says, "Jus' thinkin' 'bout my Laughin' Place." Fox says, "What Laughin' Place?" Rabbit says, "Oh, I cain't tell you about it. I got to show you!"
     So ol' Br'er Fox fergits about cooking and takes Br'er Rabbit to where he says. Of course, they come to a briar patch and Br'er Rabbit slips away from his captor. A very angry Br'er Fox hollers at Rabbit from across the briar patch: "I ain't laughin'! I thought you said this was a Laughin' Place?"...more
Sandra Herrmann
Redemption in Christ
Many years ago, I was invited to the home of a parish family for Easter dinner. It was a big family, and some of us were standing around the edges of the dining room, waiting for the fragrant aromas to turn into something to eat. It’s always tricky for a woman pastor too. Should I be helping in the kitchen? No. I was the pastor. Still, the offer was greeted with smiles. The grandfather of the clan walked over to me and said, “Pastor, I have a question about your sermon this morning. What’s your definition of a Christian?”....more
Peter Andrew Smith
Burning Hearts

Luke 24:13-35

Heather lined the basketball up with the net. She took a deep breath and made her shot. The ball was high and missed. She tried again. This time the ball hit the backboard and went toward the corner. Heather sighed and let the ball bounce away. This is useless. I can’t make a basket no matter how much I try. She made her way over to the bench in the empty community center gymnasium and slumped down....more
Janice Scott
Strangers or neighbours?
A week or two ago I received an unexpected registered package through the post. It was a manuscript and turned out to be the memoirs of an elderly relative, Mary, who was a cousin of my mother's, and who had died a couple of years previously. She had lived miles away and I'd never met her, although we had corresponded occasionally and spoken on the phone once or twice. ...more

Children's sermon
Janice Scott of The Village Shepherd

Jamie's Uncle Jim
Children's story/sermon by Janice Scott based on Luke 24:13-35 from The Village Shepherd.

When Jesus walked seven miles to Emmaus with two of his friends, they failed to recognise him. This is a story about Jamie, who after many years, fails to recognise his favourite uncle. But Jamie eventually realises that love lives forever.

Jamie could hardly remember his Uncle Jim. Jamie had seen Uncle Jim quite a lot when he was small, but he couldn't actually remember him. He was left with vague impressions, of someone immensely tall who had a very loud laugh and crinkly eyes and curly brown hair, and who loved him a lot. Jamie had been named after his uncle Jim, and he was very proud of that. Jamie's favourite memory was of climbing onto Uncle Jim's lap, snuggling down into Uncle Jim's arms and falling asleep on his chest. And he vaguely remembered wonderful walks with Uncle Jim in the countryside, when Uncle Jim would show him secret things like hidden birds' nests and find treasures for him like pheasant's feathers.

But Uncle Jim had gone away a long time ago. Jamie never knew where he had gone, or why, or whether he was ever coming back. He only knew that for some reason he shouldn't speak of his Uncle Jim. For a while after Uncle Jim's departure, Jamie's parents had spoken of Uncle Jim in hushed tones, but had immediately stopped speaking whenever Jamie had appeared. After a while, Uncle Jim was never mentioned again.

Now Jamie was growing up fast, and he hardly ever thought about his Uncle Jim. But he never stopped loving him, and he kept that love curled up inside him warm and precious where no one could reach here for the rest of the children's story

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