SERMON SERIES:

connect to resurrection: Energize

04/14/2024

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Happy Eastertide! The word “Eastertide” may seem odd (primarily because it is!). Yet it is something simple, and meaningful. Remember the words of Jesus to his disciples in Acts: On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (Acts 1:4, NIV). We know that this gift was received on the Day of Pentecost or 50 days after the beginning of Passover. This all sounds so foreign and mysterious. Why does it matter? Everything had changed in the moment the tomb was empty. Our lives do not have to remain stuck in the chains of our sin, in the shame of our brokenness, or in the burden of our guilt because HE IS RISEN! Our Eastertide sermon series is Connect to Resurrection. We want to find the power and possibilities of the resurrection for our lives. This week’s sermon is Energize. We all need to be energized toward the good and right things in our hearts and souls. At times we drift toward the things that will hurt us and destroy our relationships. Our scripture this week is Psalm 51:1-12. These words were written long before the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning, but they contain a witness to the power that brought Jesus back from the dead. God has always been at work to energize his people and King David was truly dead in his manipulation, lust, and power! This was not the end, by God’s grace it was a new beginning. David writes this Psalm to celebrate the light of God’s forgiveness amid the darkness and despair of his broken life. Our most sincere prayer for you is that you will experience this light, and it will not only help you see how you are drifting toward a pit of darkness and despair but it will also restore, renew, and reenergize your life toward God’s presence.   

 

Psalm 51:1-12 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)