NL143 Gospel as Salvation

Romans 1:1-17
Matthew 9:10-13

Call to Worship
God you call us to one another
You call us together
God your Gospel is for all
Come let us celebrate Good News and Praise God today

Call to Confession: God calls everyone to confess, for everyone is invited to find comfort in God. Let us know that nothing is too big or small for God to hold.

Prayer of Confession: God I confess that I do not always long to see people the way that Paul does in this letter. I sometimes have trouble finding the wisdom in those who are different from me. Too often I use the word different to mean that I do not like something, instead of a word of wonder. Forgive me, teach me to remember that the Gospel is a word of wonder, teach me not to be ashamed, help me to celebrate the wonders of your creation, prayer. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Hear the Good News, Jesus longs to be with us, and forgives us as soon as we asks, so we can be assured of the comfort: In Jesus Christ we are Forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God may we go into world, longing to see one another through the eyes of God we pray. Amen.

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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