Pentecost 14: Don’t just GO to church, BE the Church

Sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season B.   This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  The scripture readings for the day are Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9Psalm 15James 1:17-27  and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.

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In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:

  • In James chapter one he writes “every generous act of giving…comes from above.” Every generous act of giving. Not some generous acts. Not only Christian acts of giving. But all generous acts of giving. All acts of giving which include mercy, advocacy, support, or friendship. All we do, all that we give comes from God.
  • The book of James encourages us not just to think about faith, but to do it.  What does the phrase “Don’t Go to church, BE the church.” mean?

  • We gather on a Sunday to encourage one another,  to inspire each other to go out into the world to be the hands and feet of God in the world. Sunday, is the day we are immersed in the word of God through scripture and preaching, Sunday is the day when we confess our sins have our sins forgiven both in the confession and absolution but also we physically taste the forgiveness of God as we receive the sacraments.  Sunday is the day when we are given guidance and encouragement in our  lives, we hear again the good news of God’s grace and mercy, and are called, commissioned, and sent into the world to work with God for the health of the people God has put all around us.

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