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Preparation

Preparation: Before going to church to serve or listen to the Word of God, one first must awake in the right frame of mind giving thanks to God in prayer for allowing you this day by grace. Secondly, one must consecrate their heart, mind and soul to worship God in true holiness. Lastly lest not forget, don't rob God in your benevolent offering (tithe). After service to God, leave to serve others and don't look to be served. Remember, Jesus came to serve and we are to serve him. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | PENTECOST SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST YEAR A Old Testament Exodus 33:12–23 Old Testament Joshua 23:1–11 (Supplemental) Psalm Psalm 145 Psalm Psalm 122 (Supplemental) New Testament Romans 7:15–25a New Testament Hebrews 4:1–11 (Supplemental) Gospel Matthew 11:25–30 Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | PENTECOST PROPER 13 YEAR A Old Testament Isaiah 55:1–5 Psalm Psalm 136:1–9 (23–26) Epistle Romans 9:1–5 (6–13) Gospel Matthew 14:13–21 Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 13 YEAR A Psalm Psalm 78:1–29 or Psalm 78:14–20, 23–25 First Reading Nehemiah 9:16–20 Second Reading Romans 8:35–39 Gospel Matthew 14:13–21 The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 13 YEAR A Old Testament Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749) New Testament Romans 9:1–5 Gospel Matthew 14:13–21 Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | PENTECOST SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Old Testament Genesis 13:5–11 Psalm Psalm 19 New Testament Romans 6:3–11 Gospel Matthew 5:20–26 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 13 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Genesis 32:22–31 Psalm Psalm 17:1–7, 15 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Isaiah 55:1–5 Psalm Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21 New Testament Romans 9:1–5 Gospel Matthew 14:13–21 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

Book of Common Prayer SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 13, SUNDAY YEAR 1 Psalms (Morning) Psalm 93, 96 Psalms (Evening) Psalm 34 Old Testament 2 Samuel 6:12–23 New Testament Romans 4:7–12 The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A First Reading Isaiah 55:1–3 Second Reading Romans 8:35, 37–39 Gospel Matthew 14:13–21 Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Sermon Starters

The Trinity and the New Birth Key Verse: John 3:16 I. The story of Nicodemus reveals Christ’s divinity. A. Nicodemus believed Jesus to be only a teacher (John 3:2) who had, nevertheless, exhibited some signs of divinity. 1. He conceded that God (ho Theós), Jehovah of the Old Testament, must be with Him. 2. The question he asked himself as he came to visit Jesus was: “Is it possible that Jesus is more than a man?” B. Jesus immediately confounded Nicodemus by exposing his ignorance of spiritual matters. In this way, He revealed His true divinity to Nicodemus. 1. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). By these words Jesus indicated that Nicodemus had a need which is common to all men. He showed that only God could fill that void and that He (Jesus) possessed the spiritual insight that Nicodemus lacked …