October 1, 2017
Pentecost 17A
Philippians 2:1-13

 

 

This week’s appointed epistle reminds us that the central message of Jesus is one of surrender and descent, and this message is in sharp contrast with a world that is all about ascent and the gathering up of things. Paul encourages us to be of the same mind as Christ Jesus, Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-9)

 

In a world obsessed with self adulation and the acquisition of material things, in a world that judges us according to how high we have risen and how well we have filled up our life, Paul reminds us of the gospel truth, “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it,” and “the first will be last and the last will be first.” Paul invites us to trust that in humble descent we will rise up in faith; that in serving others, that in giving of self, we will be filled to overflowing; and that ultimately in death, in Christ’s death on the cross, and in our own death, our surrender to the waters of baptism, we will find life.

 

 

      1. Lay Me Down

 

 

 

Lay me down, Lift me up into the sky
Hold me close, Let me know that this is life
Gently kiss my teary eyes

 

It’s so hard,
To step into your broken heart and believe this is love
This is love

 

Lay me down, Lift me up into the sky
Hold me close, Let me know that this is life
Gently kiss my teary eyes

 

I am frightened
Standing on the edge but in control wanting to let go
Wanting to let go

 

Lay me down, Lift me up into the sky
Hold me close, Let me know that this is life
Gently kiss my teary eyes

 

Love that gives
Begins by taking everything away, I am gone
I am gone

 

Lay me down,
Hold me close

 

Now I lay me down
To sleep, will I die or will I wake, I don’t know
I don’t know

 

My eyes, My tears, My hopes, My fears, I surrender
Lay me down, Lift me up into the sky
Hold me close, Let me know that this is life
Gently kiss my teary eyes

 

 

In his letter to the Romans Paul explains, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” May God grant us all the faith and courage to let go, to trust in descent, to trust in the cross, to trust in baptism, to trust that in death there is life. Amen.

 

 

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