Small Group Sunday

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Please, sit. A warm welcome to all of you and to those of you who are our guest today, we reach out to you in friendship and hospitality. Today among other things is Small Group Sunday; it is also the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is a time to accept and respond to God’s offer to inhabit our hearts. It is a time to pour energy into the ever-increasing awareness of God’s presence with us, no matter what the circumstances of our lives. In times of difficulty, joy, sickness, health, liveliness, sadness, loneliness, and death, we have a divine friend who walks with us, cries with us, and loves us with a continuing, deep, abiding love. This Lenten journey marks us as people of a particular way. During these 40 days the church dares to carry out theology, to confess its faith, because on this journey the church believes that God has drawn near to us, spoken to us, even made provision for us out of the abundance of God’s own life. Like a love letter, theology does not pursue an excuse for professing its love or expressing its thankfulness. Rather, it dares speaking the foolishness of love because it is persuaded it has heard the language of love in God’s passion and compassion for God’s people, for you and for me. Keeping silent about this love, or worse, making up reasons not to talk it about among ourselves, is a sign of deafness. A sign that in seeking to avoid “our word about God” we have become a prisoner to some deep and terrible power. The church (which is you and me) confesses its faith by confessing it has been loved, and because of this we have been liberated from the hell of self-absorption into the freedom of life as God’s gift― ―the freedom to welcome others, to shout to the world what the former Presiding Bishop, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ntentional with fellowship, with prayer, with fasting, and with acts of forgiveness. Let’s be receptive to God’s love as we forgive not only others, but ourselves and offer grace to those seeking reconciliation with us and with God. Our future as a community of faith rises and falls on how intentional we forgive, trust, give, support, participate, laugh, cry, and love. Like a great opera, let us sing with gusto and with purpose. Today among other things is the first Sunday in Lent; it is also Small Group Sunday, consider small groups as a means of exploring not only your spirituality but deepening your relationship with our Lord. Today is also a day of intentionality and receptivity to one another and to all that of God has to offer to us through his son our Lord, Jesus. Amen. Stage Manager notes: Collect papers, smile at the congregation, and exit- stage right.
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