Sermon Snap Shot September 23, 2018

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Sermon Snap Shot September 23, 2018

And here’s where this passage from First Peter blew me away nearly 30 years ago:
 
Others “stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – First Peter 2:8-9 (NLT)
 
Do you hear these amazing words that the writer of First Peter is using to “build up” the hearers of this letter…to build us up nearly 2,000 years later? “But you are not like that…you are a chosen people…you are members of a royal priesthood…you are a holy nation…you are God’s very own possession.”
 
I talked last week about how our call is really no different from Jeremiah’s call. Like Jeremiah, we too are called to be “prophets,” mouthpieces for God, no matter what particular vocation we might have. Similarly, First Peter reminds us that in and through our baptisms we have all become “priests” – and what role do priests play?
 
They are the intercessors.
They are the ones who pronounce healing and forgiveness.
They are the ones who lead God’s people in meaningful and faithful worship.
They are the ones who have been set apart by God to fulfill God’s purposes in the world. In and through our baptisms, we have all been adopted into a royal priesthood.
 
And while the altar where I preside sits at the front of the worship space…
Your altar may be your lectern at school…
Your altar may be the truck that you drive everyday…
Your altar may be your desk at work…
Your altar may be a kitchen counter…or a changing table…or a big chair from which you read bedtime stories.
 
But you are not like that, Waters Edge. You are called to fulfill your priestly duties at your “altars” in the world, extending love, forgiveness and healing every day.
 
From Sunday, September 23 message based on I Peter 2:4-12, “Watch Your Words: Building Up”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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