God does not promise that the path of the disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.
The prophet must speak despite opposition
Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind.
Buried and raised with Christ by baptism
The cost of discipleship
Worship Themes and Music
Music this week centers around the cross as the ultimate symbol of being a disciple of Christ and living our lives in service. In addition to singing Lift High the Cross and Take My Life that I May Be we’ll have some special music by our own Jennifer Schlener-Thomas.
We all make sacrifices in our daily lives: giving up what we want so the less fortunate may get what they need; working high risk jobs to provide for our families. Jesus has some surprising words about not bringing peace, but a sword this week. What does this mean for our faith and sharing about a God of love?
What does serving God cost you?
Is it always easy to follow the call of the Holy Spirit?