Sunday Morning Worship Service July 9, 2023 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
July 9, 2023

Sunday Morning Worship Service July 9, 2023 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Preacher:
Passage: Genesis 24:34-38, Genesis 24:42-49, Genesis 24:58-67, Psalm 45:10-17, Romans 7:15-25, Matthew 11:16-19, Matthew 11:25-30

Worship Series
Taking the Yoke

Sermon Title
Taking the Yoke

Sermon Message

Do you see the yoke as a symbol of the calling to a life of service? If so, then worship should be a celebration of ministry in the church and in the community. We can present service, not as a burden or a duty, but as a joy. We can tell the stories of those who have been blessed by serving – not being served, though those can be told too. But tell the stories of how someone found God or his/her life’s purpose in serving. Worship can lift up service as a fulfillment of the easy yoke, the one that fits us, that satisfies a deep longing in our soul to be at work in the fields of the Lord. Let worship be a time to thank God for the opportunity to serve.

Perhaps you see the yoke as a symbol of the partnership with Christ. It is not so much about what we might do, but about the one with whom we will do all things. The yoke that Christ speaks of in our text is a symbol of relationship. When we come together to worship, we come together. We are not alone, but part of a community. Added to that, of course, is the intimate and personal relationship that we have with Christ. We are yoked, meaning everything we do we do in the presence of Christ. We are blessed beyond measure. We are known and we are loved. That is certainly something worthy of giving thanks and praise to God. Let our worship be a reminder of the relationship with Christ and with one another. Let our songs be songs of community and of fellowship. And let our service be done, not with a lone-ranger mentality, but in terms of the unity of the body of which we are a part.

On the path of a disciple, we are learning to grow in our relationships with Christ and with the community. It begins when we take the yoke.