Sermon Introduction –
There are times when faith is a wonderful comfort, and it brings us peace. But how often do we let challenge us or make us uncomfortable? As disciples of Christ, God calls us to be transformed!
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.