The following sermon is a paraphrase of the letter of First John, first preached at Lake Edge Lutheran Church on the 4th Sunday after Easter,
God, we believe you are light, and in you there is no darkness at all. We ask for you to light our way as we
God of life, enliven your Word as it is read, sung, preached, and practiced among us. Teach us to embody your living Word with our
God of power, help us to know your presence and follow only you. Amen. Sometimes, you just feel so passionate about something, or someone,
Glorify your name, God. Draw us close to you. Help us to follow the leadership of Jesus. Keep us faithful in our covenant with you.
God of mercy, be with us as we seek your Word, as Nicodemus did. Let your Word guide us through our whole lives. Amen.
God, help us to hear the words of Jesus and let them change our lives. Draw us closer to you, and help our faith community
God of all time, teach us to recognize your reign and your power, and to jump into your kingdom with both feet. Amen. Now
Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Amen. Beware of practicing your piety before others!
God of peace, help us to understand your word so that we might share it with the world in all we say and do. Amen.