Sermon Notes Sunday 8.25.2019

8-25-19                                                                 “Be Bold! In Our Worship”                                          GFUMC
We are continuing this week with the theme of “Be Bold!”  Last week we looked at how we can be bold and intentional about our own growth a faith development.  I pray that if you are not already part of a Journey Group, that you will get connected to one!  Growth doesn’t happen by accident!
This coming Sunday we are going to focus on being bold in our worship.  What does it mean to worship “boldly” or “passionately?”  Our Scripture for Sunday is certainly an example of a bold and passionate worship experience!  It comes from Isaiah chapter 6…
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”  (Is. 6: 1-8 NRSV)
There is an interesting “ebb” and “flow” to passionate worship that is so clearly seen here.  When I say ebb and flow, think of standing on the beach, watching the water come in, and then go out.  Our life of worship is like that in a way. 
The Ebb – when we come aside from our everyday life to connect with God.  Jesus himself often went apart with his disciples – or even by himself – to connect with the Father.  So when we come aside for worship – that’s the ebb.
The Flow – Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty…then the Lord’s presence filled the place shaking the house of worship with a holy sound and “holy smoke.”  That’s the “flow” of God into God’s people as they worship.
The Ebb – Isaiah realizes, as he sees the holiness of God, that he is a “man of unclean lips, and living among people of unclean lips.”  How can he stand before the Lord of hosts, whose glory fills the whole earth? 
The Flow – God sends a seraph to take a coal from the altar and touch Isaiah’s lips.  Forgiveness and cleansing flow as a free gift!
The Ebb –  The Lord backs off and offers a question.  “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
The Flow – “And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
Will you take time from your busy schedule to “ebb” away and gather with us this Sunday?  Will you come expecting the “flow” of God’s Spirit as we worship boldly?  As we do so, we may ebb back and realize our own shortcomings – but God will meet us, touch us and bring healing.  And then, hopefully we will all flow from this place saying, “Here am I; send me!”
See you Sunday,
Pastor Sam
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