Sunday, March 31, 2014 | Lent 4

Psalm 23
1 Samuel 16:1-13
John 9:1-41
Ephesians 5:8-14

When tuning an instrument, two strings are sounded and one is matched to the other. The more in-tine the stings, the less dissonance one hears. The less in-tune, the dissonance increases. In John 8, Jesus calls the Pharisees sons of Satan because they do Satan’s will. They are dissonant with God’s perfect will. Jesus, on the other hand, is perfectly in-tune with the Father. The blind man’s confession in 9:31-33 is an acknowledgement of 1) God’s power, and 2) his healer’s consistency with that power. Before Jesus heals him, he says, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Jesus’ ministry is a constant display of the will of the Father. It is only by him that we can know the tone by which all notes are tuned.

We will begin the service by singing Psalm 27, “O Lord, teach me to follow you…” acknowledging that only God can illuminate our path. God of Wonders will remind us of his sovereignty over all creation. Amazing Grace will continue the theme of God’s love and care for us; his power and resonance affects us personally. We will end with the Lenten hymn, Go to Dark Gethsemane.

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