Note from CM: Rather than publish my entire sermon this week, I thought it might be good for you to see a sample of the inserts that I have been providing during the current preaching series. I supply these each week so that the people will have something to take home and reflect upon. I try to make these as simple and memorable as possible, with phrases that will “stick” and keep people pondering the points I’m trying to make. I think this week’s insert is one of the better ones, so I thought you might like to see it and respond.
EPIPHANY PREACHING SERIES
Why We Worship as We Do
Message Six: Scattering to Serve
The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom.
• Matthew 13:37-38
In its gathered, visible form in the granary, seed is useless. To serve the purpose for which it exists, it must be scattered. It disappears into the soil and literally dies. When seed is doing the work for which it was intended, it is invisible.
• Richard Halverson
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In the final movement of worship we are sent forth, out of the sanctuary, and back into our daily lives. We do not cease to be the church. The church gathered is now the church scattered. And now the real work of the church begins.
The life of the church in Christ revolves around two poles:
- An invitation: “Come to me”
- A commission: “Go into all the world”
We gather to worship.
We scatter to serve.
We come together in faith.
We scatter to love.
We are invited to break bread with our family.
We are sent to share the bread of life with our neighbors.
We come here to meet with Jesus on Sundays.
We leave to walk with Jesus in the world between Sundays.
We gather to hear the gospel.
We scatter to live and proclaim the gospel.