Central United Methodist Church
Friday, September 22, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Ask For Jesus
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
July 9, 2017
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Rethink Church United Methodist Church 0:15
Greeting Pastor Michelle 0:40
Announcements Carl Northrup 1:10
We Are Called to Worship Carl Northrup 4:12
"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" Song #400 5:47
"Come, Thou Fount" Lea Harding 8:43
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 13:08
Romans 7:15-25a Tom Hall 16:39
"Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" Song #500 22:48
Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 27:06
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Pastor Michelle 36:50
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 39:34
"Word of God, Come Down on Earth" Song # 182 52:20
The Blessing Pastor Michelle 54:48
"I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me Sean Stafford 55:24

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Scripture

 

Romans 7:15-25   The Message (MSG)

14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.

17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

 

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30   The Message (MSG)

16-19 “How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’ John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”


25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”