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sermon resources for november 20, 2011 [Christ the King Sunday, Year A]

sermon and preaching resourcesEzekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

This is a rare message of hope contained in Ezekiel—that God will remove the bad shepherds and “come down there myself.” (Shepherd was often a term used for Israel’s kings—Gen. 48:15, 49:24; Jeremiah 13:1-3, 31:10; Micah 2:12; Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 23.)

Ezekiel’s prophecies are set with the Babylonian Exile. He often holds Israel’s “bad” shepherd-kings as the reason for the exile. Jesus’ formative picture for separating the sheep and the goats in the gospel reading?

Ephesians 1:15-23

It is Thanksgiving week… Is this a chance to tell your congregation how thankful you are for their witness as Paul did the church at Ephesus? “Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.” --William Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.2

Matthew 25:31-46

In Deuteronomy 15, God guarantees His blessings upon the Hebrew people if they give generously to the poor; Leviticus 19, God instructs the Hebrew people to leave behind some produce in the field for the poor to glean—charity with dignity; in Amos 5:21-24, the Lord tells the Hebrew people that He hates their religious ceremonies and refuses to accept their offers because the were unjust to the poor; Isaiah 61 prophesies that the coming Messiah would come to preach good news to the poor. Why do we not get it about the least of these?

Evangelist Billy Sunday was once asked, “What must I do to go to hell?” Sunday answered, “ Nothing.”

Any chance Jesus intends a reference to the whole scapegoat thing—the high priest would confess the sins of the people over the head of a goat that was then driven out into the wilderness presumably to die?...

Steve Colbert cites this reading in testimony on Capitol Hill. Matthew’s Jesus’ theology is consistent throughout: “Blessed are the merciful” (Matt. 5:7), “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39), through this passage at the end of Jesus’ teaching.

Much is emphasized of Jesus’ kindness, mercy, and forgiveness. We must be careful not to reduce Jesus to a loving pet. Jesus is our Judge, too—we are held accountable for life we live.

All the nations stand before Jesus at the final judgment. Hear, too, that it is all who are gathered—gentiles, too. This judgment is grace, too.

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a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

Order A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship (via Augsburg Fortress)