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sermon resources for march 25, 2012 [Lent 5B]

sermon and preaching resourcesJeremiah 31:31-34

This new covenant is different from ones of the past. God will put his “law” within us. The “know” used here is for that of intimacy. Intimacy with God will be built into us. The “instruction” (torah) will directly put into us. One might think of Paul’s distinction made between following the letter of the law versus life in the Spirit.

This passage is written during Israel’s exile. It is a dark time. Along comes this prophet’s message. This section of Jeremiah is often called the “Book of Consolation.” It is daring hope. It is promised life when things look dead. And it is personal—written on the heart.

Hebrews 5:5-10

Melchizedek is mentioned only in Genesis. He is King of Salem AND a priest of God Most High (hmmm). Abram wins a great military victory and Melchizedek brings him bread and wine (hmmm).

Abram gives him one-tenth of his battle gains (hmmm). His name alone is telling: melek, which means “king,” and sedaka with means “righteousness;” and King of Salem is literally “kind of peace.” That’s SO Jesus! The order of Melchizedek signifies a king-priest who does not come from a Levitical genealogy and whose office as priest does not end.

Since King Melchizedek’s death is not recorded, the author of Hebrews is taking some interpretive liberties to suggest that Jesus’ priesthood is like that in that since Jesus never dies, he is forever interceding for us on our behalf.

John 12:20-33

This scene is six days before the Passover. A large crowd is gathering, among them Romans, Persians, Syrians, Egyptians, and Greeks. Jesus is in Bethany, at Mary and Martha and the now-celebrity Lazarus’ home. Philip’s Greek-sounding surname and place of origin (Bethsaida, known for its Greek descendants) probably made him more approachable to the Greeks.

For me, the most striking part of this text is Jesus saying, “Whoever serves me just follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.” Jesus has just said he will be in the places where life is lost for the sake of gains. I think that means we are supposed to be in those places, too.


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a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

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