A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Living Room Worship (Lancaster First UMC) - Sunday, March 1

Welcome & Announcements:
[Click here & here for the announcement sections of our March 1st bulletin.]

Call to Worship
L: Come and touch the robe of Jesus.
P: It is a robe that is used to serve and love all people.
L: Come and touch the robe of Jesus.
P: It is a robe that reminds us of who we are called to be.
L: In this Season of Lent, may we serve and love in the name of Jesus.

Prayer of Confession & Words of Assurance
Lord Jesus, forgive us for our selfish ways. We confess that we are slow to bend our knees and serve others. Teach us to wash the feet of others in faith and love. Teach us what it means to be your servants. With Christ as our example, help us to follow your new commandment to love one another. May we be know as your disciples at home, at church, and wherever we may be. Lead us in your ways of humble service. Amen.
L: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
P: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!

Gospel Lesson - John 13:1-17

[Click here to go to today's sermon.] Sermon                     Different Robes of Jesus: Serving Robe

The Different Robes of Jesus: Servant’s Robe
Pastor Robert McDowell
Sermon Outline

The Different Robes of Jesus Lenten Focus

Different Robes of Jesus Lenten Series:

February 15 – “Shining Robe”
February 22 – “Healing Robe”
March 1 – “Servant’s Robe”
March 8 – “Seamless Robe”
March 15 – “Spreading Robes”
March 22 – “Burial Robe”
March 29 – Palm Sunday Cantata “Come, Touch the Robe”
April 5 (Easter Sunday) – “Rolled Up Robe”

The Servant’s Robe

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come form God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. - John 13:3-5

What Do We Need to Lay Aside So that We Can Serve?

The Story of the New Father

  “Just love them.”

The Spiritual Discipline of Service

So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. – John 13:14-15

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