Sermon: Cross Carrying

Mt. 8:18-22, Mt. 16:24-26     We are beginning our journey toward the celebration of the good news of the resurrection…  but that is down the road.  There will be lots of toil, exhilaration, pain, and pondering before Jesus gets to that place.  To put it plainly, there is a lot of suffering—both Jesus’ suffering and his disciples’ suffering—before anyone can celebrate an empty tomb.   This Lent I invite you to walk together, following the footsteps of Jesus.  We will explore what it means to follow Christ–  for the original followers, for the first century believers, and for you and me.  Following Christ starts within and moves to a community of faith, and then out into the neighborhood and the world.

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lent bannerGOD:  Will you come and follow me, if I but call your name?  Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

HUMANS:  Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

GOD:  Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known;

HUMANS: In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show

GOD:  will you let my life be grown in you, and you in me?

HUMANS: Yes, I’ll move and live and grow in you, and you in me. 

(adapted from v. 1,4 The Summons, John Bell)


Is God moving, living, growing in you?