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Sunday's Sermon

New in Christ Lenten Series: "New Sight"

Rev. Tim Carpenter, Senior Pastor

Scripture


John 9:1-41

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
 

(1) As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. (2) His disciples asked him,“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (3) Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. (4) We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (6) When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, (7) saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. (8) The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” (9) Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” (10) But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” (11) He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” (12) They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

 

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
 

(13) They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. (14) Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. (15) Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” (16) Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. (17) So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.” (18) The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight (19) and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” (20) His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; (21) but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (22) His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. (23) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” (24) So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” (25) He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (26) They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” (27) He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” (28) Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. (29) We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” (30) The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. (31) We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. (32) Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. (33) If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” (34) They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.

 

Spiritual Blindness
 

(35) Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (36) He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” (37) Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” (38) He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. (39) Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” (40) Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” (41) Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."

Worship Music

Hymns for 11:00 worship Sunday, March 22, 2020

 

This Sunday the lectionary provides us with Psalm 23. There are numerous often quoted Psalms, but 23 must be at the top of any favorites list. How poignant that during a challenging time we can hear this comforting text anew. Numerous composers have beautifully set this text. John Rutter and Thomas Mathews are favorites of mine. When the text comes around we directors have to choose which arrangement to schedule, and that's no easy task! I had the pleasure of meeting the composer of this arrangement, Will Todd, he's a lovely chap, and his setting is too. His compositions mix idioms. Some jazz, some English choral, some chant. I find his setting of Psalm 23 to be lyrical and rhythmic. You'll hear the driving rhythm of the accompaniment beautifully played by Eva McPeters.

 

 

 

 

 

Joining Eva in another Shepherd based selection, Amanda Horrell. Amanda plays flute on this setting of the American folk melody, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.  I encourage you to have Psalm 23 handy as you listen to these settings. I pray you'll sense the comfort in reading and hearing that even though we walk through the valley of death, we will fear no evil, for God is with us. 

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