O Holy God, we were among those who wandered in desert wastes, searching for satisfaction in titles and status and influence, finding no shelter from the pounding of our own prideful desires.We were among those who hungered for deeper meaning than self-promotion and pleasure consumption. You delivered us from our distress, placed our feet on the paths of joy and reconciliation in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your mercy, for turning our hearts away from our own insatiable pride and toward your peaceful way. You are good, and your mercy endures forever.
We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
O Holy God, opening the eyes of our hearts, we see the Lord Christ hanging on the cross with another-worldly countenance. His eyes are not filled with anger at the the injustice of his own torture and death, but with pity for us who revel in the minuscule pleasures of selfish pride and are insensitive to the infinite glories of God. There is no weakness in his face, no second-guessing his decisions to submit to the plan of the Father, no doubts that his Father is infinitely good even in his own murder; only resolute compassion for sinners and an ever-enduring trust in the wisdom of God.Lord Christ, thank you for your face of mercy, for your eyes of patient compassion, for your firm-fixed love of sinners such as we! The world thinks of of you as a fantasy hero, as a leader of a movement, as a idolized historical figure; they do not see your eyes! They do not see the mercy in your eyes as you look upon humanity unaware of its need of rescue! They mistake compassion and patience for weakness and inability. But though we, too, were once so near-sighted, you lifted our heads, and through the words of your Bible you locked gazes with us, and we now see your eyes of loving patience. Glorious are the eyes of Christ; tender is his loving heart! Thank you for loving us, for forgiving us, for adopting us, even we who helped crucify you.
We pray this in the name of Jesus and for his glory. Amen.
Sunday Sermon - 1 Corinthians Message 13
1 Corinthians 5:6-13
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