Confused by God

THE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Through the stories of the Bible, God reveals His gift of love and guides us to deeper understanding. We seek the Holy Spirit to instructs us in God’s love, as we pray to the Lord.  O Lord, our God, we thank you for those who shared the gospel with us and opened our hearts and minds to your saving grace. Together we are given the gift of Scripture, and together we may interpret that living Word! Keep us ever mindful that each generation must receive the Good News of Jesus, and they cannot understand unless it is explained by those who have found the joy of the gospel themselves. Use us as instruments of that grace sharing the Gospel through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE FIRST SCRIPTURE READING          Genesis 11:1-9                        The Tower of Babel

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

May the Lord bless this Holy Word to our understanding.

A TIME WITH GOD’S CHILDREN#  “This is My Commandment”

THE SECOND SCRIPTURE           Acts 8:26-40                           Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Sermon "Confused by God"

I wonder how many times you’ve been confused by God. I know that many times, I’m wondering what God is doing in my life, in the ministry at First Presbyterian Church, in the PCUSA denomination, in our world. We see tragedy, evil

 

TGBTG. Amen.

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