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Theme: Psalm 113

November 12, 2009

This psalm praises God for the mystery of the Exalted One who stoops down to save us.  I will explore the idea of what praise looks like when we turn it into action on behalf of God’s Creation.  These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God “stoops” down to lift us up.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): We need to be raised (think “resurrection” in the broadest sense).

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Stooping, bending–perhaps getting down on the floor to play with a young child.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): Lift one another up in the name of Christ.

*These categories are adapted from Paul Scott Wilson’s The Four Pages of the Sermon (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999).

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  1. November 12, 2009 2:29 pm

    Hope things are going well for you this week.

    Based on some things going on in my context, I’m going to take the Mark passage. Apparently, there is a church in my community that is getting people all worked up about 2012 and the end of the world. The movie 2012 also comes out this weekend. So, I’m going to delve into Jesus’ description of the apocalypse in this passage with special care to work in Jesus’ admonition that “no one knows the day nor the hour.” I’m going to work with the “birthpangs” imagery to speak about our role as the church as a “midwife” to the birth of the Kingdom. Well, my comment inspired me to just do a blogpost on the subject myself, so here you go.
    http://nathanmattox.blogspot.com/2009/11/everything-crash.html

  2. November 13, 2009 5:43 pm

    I am glad you will be responding to your context. My daughter has been asking me all sorts of questions about 2012, and I know there are others doing the same thing.

    Good luck! Sounds like you’re on the right track.

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