March 14, 2021

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Children of Light

Passage: John 9:1-22 & 35-41

March 14, 2021

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Online Worship Service

Welcome and Call to Worship

Hymns:

- “Come, Now is The Time to Worship”

- "Thy Word is a Lamp to my Feet"

Prayer of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise – Great are you Lord”

The Scripture:

Acts 9:1-19
John 9:1-22 & 35-41

Sermon: “Children of Light”

Hymn: "The Light of the World Is Jesus"

Announcements and Mission Moment

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Hymn: "Jesus Bids us Shine"

Commissioning and Benediction

- "May the Lord Mighty God"

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Children of light

John 9:1-22 & 35-41

Today we start the Spring Daylight-Saving Time.

Psychologists say that people who live in Northern parts of Canada have a much higher rate of depression during the days of prolonged darkness and less exposer to sun light than the rest parts of Canada. They call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, for short.

Treatment for "SAD" is:

going to Florida…
or if you do not have the money... then sitting under a natural white light bulb for a certain time each day should help.

We all need the light to remain healthy and active.

Spiritual blindness is an awful thing and ability to see the light is a wonderful blessing.

Unfortunately, there is an intense resistance to spiritual light in our culture today.

An ancient Greek tale tells the story of people who had lived in a cave beneath earth's surface for generations. The people of the cave had always longing for the light.

Stories were told about the sun and how on the "surface" there was light everywhere and everything flourished in the light. Children in the cave could only imagine what it would be like to live in the light.

Then the tale talks about the dream of the people for someone who would come and lead the cave dwellers to the surface where they can see light.

The day came when a young man came and asked people to follow him to the surface. The journey was long, but finally the first few cave dwellers emerged into the light.

They did not like the light! It was too bright. It hurt their eyes. So, they decided to go back to the cave, and so the light was rejected.

One of the central points in today's Gospel is the incredible stubbornness of the religious leaders in rejecting the light of life, Jesus Christ.

Two components are needed to see the light: Light and sight, one of them is not enough.

The story in John’s Gospel makes it clear: to see and believe in the light of life, Jesus; You needs to have the sight which is to come to an understanding of who Jesus is, to understand that He is the incarnate God.

Paul’s story in Acts chapter 9……….

Most of us will not have the dramatic encounter with the light like the one Paul had. Yet, Jesus promised that all of us who follow him would get the "light of life" in our lives.

Like the Pharisees in our gospel story, there are many things or people who might discourage us in our Christian living and make us to "lose sight".

The Lent message for us today is: Do not be discouraged. Trust that Jesus is still at work today opening people’s eyes and helping them to live by the light they have received.

Our call as the children of light, is to live our life in a way that others will be able to 'see' the light of Christ in us. "Children of Light, live as children of Light.".... "For God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.".... Amen.