Good News for the Disillusioned / 1 Cor 1:20-31
Children enter this world wide-eyed and curious. And when nurtured and protected, they’re sense of wonder mixes with developing skills and understanding to birth dreams. They want to be astronauts or rock stars or Olympians or all of the above. But then they outgrow the safety of parental nurture, and the world’s cruelties rain on their parade. Dreams become a casualty of maturity, filed away alongside unicorns and fairy tales in a folder of the mind marked “former naiveties”. Turns out, life isn’t fair or sensible or trustworthy. The celebrity public service announcements got it wrong: you can’t be whatever you put your mind to. But what if somewhere amid this abyss of disillusionment, there was something even better than dreams -- something that cynicism and apathy could never quench. What if everything weak and lowly and pitiful proved to be the very substance of hope. What if being a nobody placed us in the company of kings.
CALL TO WORSHIP
All who have gathered here, come now before the Lord.
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows our hearts.
Though many frustrations and concerns tug upon your hearts,
bring them before the Lord.
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows our burdens.
Open your hearts to him, for the Lord is gracious to receive you.
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows us by name.
To the Lord belong all wisdom and power, open your hearts to his Word and find life.
We will come to the Lord, for surely his wisdom will satisfy our hearts.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We come to you Lord God, for we are weary of the way things are.
Forgive us, Lord, for we have blamed you for the injustice we see all around us.
This world’s promises have amounted to nothing,
and in our disappointment we have despised your creation.
Forgive us Father, for you so loved the world, that you sent us your own son.
Some of us are disappointed to find that we have cherished the things you call “foolish.”
The world’s praise of intelligence, power, success, and material gain has drawn us in.
Lord God, we confess that we have often pursued our own glory.
Some of us are disappointed that we seem to have no place here, no measurable success,
no remarkable intelligence or knowledge, no external recognition or importance.
Lord God, we confess that we have longed for this world to approve of us.
Yet Lord, you call us out of our illusions and our disappointment, and into yourself.
In you, Jesus, we find the birth of a new kind of kingdom in our very midst.
In your weakness, poverty, suffering, and selflessness, Lord Jesus,
the values of our flesh are utterly crushed.
Your love surpasses all our understanding.
Father God, your perfect wisdom is Christ. He is for us. He is ours.
Surely you have given us every good thing.
We are your people, and your kingdom is our true home.
King Jesus, may our faith become sight.