Good News for the Weary // Romans 15:1-7

By default, most of us have taken the dare to simply survive. Exist. Get through. For the most part, we live numb to life - we’ve grown weary and apathetic and jaded.
— Ann Voskamp

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


CALL TO WORSHIP 

Praise be to the Lord our God!
Praise be to the Lord! 

Church, who is the Lord? 
The Lord is our Father. 

What is he like? 
He loves us. 

Praise be to the Lord our God! 
Praise be to the Lord! 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Jesus, we are afraid that the lack we feel in the world is true. 
We do not trust your abundance.
We barely believe your life is extended to us, 
let alone to our brothers and sisters.

Don’t you remember us, God? 
We have been stretched to our breaking points. 
We are tired, hungry, thirsty, dirty, and poor. 

We are beggars! All we have left to give is ourselves! 
Can our weary bodies bear it? 

Broken and bruised, Jesus is here. 
Jesus, only your body can bear us. 

We confess, for all of our supposed lack, we are drowning, 
no, drowned in your abundance. 
Sweet Jesus, all that is yours is ours: 
Teach us who we are in you, that we, your body, 
might know your abundance and share it with each other.