Sunday Morning Worship Service October 22, 2023 – Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
October 22, 2023

Sunday Morning Worship Service October 22, 2023 – Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Passage: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22

Worship Series
The End in Sight

Sermon Title
The Things That Are God's

Sermon Message

The invitation this week in worship is to adjust our vision. We are called to see God in the world in which we live. We are called to identify the things that are God’s, including ourselves and the people around us. Even the surprising ones. This requires, first of all, the faith that declares that God is indeed at work in the world around us. We might begin with a creed or a statement of faith in the God who is present. We might use the passing of the peace time not simply to say hello to one another but to thank one another for being the presence of God for us. Maybe this is a time to thank the musicians who offer us the voice of God in the anthems and hymns they lead us to sing. Maybe this is a time to acknowledge the teachers who have been God’s wisdom among us. Maybe this is a time (in pastor appreciation month) to say thank you to the preacher who has shared with us the mysteries of God.

It is also a time to offer ourselves again to God’s service. Let us be the “things” that are God’s. Use us, speak through us, be seen in us, we might pray, or sing, or declare within the congregation. This could be a private moment in the midst of worship, but it could also be a corporate declaration. We are the community that wants to be the conduit for God to be in touch with a hurried and hurting world. We want to be the sign – by how we live together and how we reach out – that God invites all to come and know and be known.

Of course, there is a space for confession for the times when we fall short of the vision that we have of living as examples of the kin-dom, even within the walls of our own church. So let us confess but also resolve to be reconciled with one another so that we can then be a part of the reconciling work of the church.

Our primary mode, however, is one of joy. It is a joy to belong to God and to be useful for the kingdom. Let there be praises from the beginning to the end of this worship moment. Let there be hope and a longing to be a part of that which we declare as God’s kingdom, God’s promise, God’s working. We are indeed the things that are God’s.