Speaker: Rev. Yvette Schock

Listening for God’s Voice

In the Old Testament, God’s people saw tangible signs of his presence in the pillars of fire and smoke, the manna and quail, and the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.

Today we may no longer see tangible signs of God’s presence in the world, but the eternal promise of his faithful pursuit and steadfast love remains. Like Samuel, we can also be witnesses to the presence of God.

Accompanying Scripture:
1 Samuel 3:1-21
John 20:21-23


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Called by God

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17
John 8:58


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Beginnings

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
“Call me Ishmael.”
“It was a pleasure to burn.”

These are all first lines in famous literary works.  But today’s sermon is about a different “first line”: the opening to the the book of Genesis.  “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep…”

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
John 1:1-5


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The Feast

In baptism and communion, these gifts of the Sacraments, through water, bread, wine and the  promises of God, we are joined with God and with the whole body of Christ. We are given the gift and the responsibility of community. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Psalm 65
1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Loneliness

The Latin term Incurvatus in se means “to turn or curve inward on onesself.”  Martin Luther explained this state in his Lectures on Romans:

“Our nature, by the corruption of the first sin, [being] so deeply curved in on itself that it not only bends the best gifts of God towards itself and enjoys them (as is plain in the works – righteous and hypocrites), or rather even uses God himself in order to attain these gifts, but it also fails to realize that it so wickedly, curvedly, and viciously seeks all things, even God, for its own sake.”

How can we uncurve our hearts and open our arms to others?

Accompanying Scripture:
Acts 1:6-14
John 17:1-11


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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

8:00 AM (Traditional Service with Organ)
9:30 AM (Praise Service with Band)
11:00 AM (Blended - Piano and Organ)

We invite you to join us this Sunday.