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Your Greatest Gift

We have come to do Him homage . . . Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts
Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Topic Worship

Sermon Week The Epiphany of the Lord Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 2:2,11

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. . . Do not ride in automobiles; they cause 20% of all accident fatalities;
. . . Do not stay at home; 17% of all accidents occur in the home;
. . . Do not walk on the street or sidewalk; 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians;
. . . Do not travel by air, rail or water; 16% of all accidents take place on such journeys;

However . . . . . . Only one thousandth of one percent of fatal accidents occur during worship services; hence the safest place for you to be is Church.

In spite of the statistics, I would argue that our physical presence in Church should not necessarily reinforce our sense of security. I would argue that when we come to Church and enter into the worship experience, we are putting ourselves at risk, making ourselves vulnerable.

Our worshipping together as members of the one Body of Christ, our experiencing together the living Presence of the Source and Sustainer of all life, these are great gifts we have received from God, and we rejoice over them. But as a worshipping Community of Christ we receive responsibilities too. Together we are charged with the responsibility of going out from this place to speak the Name of Jesus and proclaim His Gospel to others. As a People we are charged with the responsibility of being a sign of unity in our broken, divided world. As a Community of Christ we are charged with the responsibility of ministering to others as Jesus ministered to others. And this is where the crunch comes. We find it easier to accept the gifts than to exercise the responsibilities. Why? Because carrying out our mandate from Christ necessarily means change -- for all of us. The terrible temptation always is with us -- as Church and in our personal lives, both -- to settle for the lifestyle that offers the most comfort and security: the status quo.

At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus said to some fishermen, "Give up the fishing business. I know your way of [...]

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