Sunday, Jan. 29
Gathering - from the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, adapted
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the reign of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the reign of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
- Blessed are those who seek heaven's help
Lesson: Micah 6.6-8
"With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before God with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Sermon: Three Ingredients of Faithful Living
Theologian in Residence Patricia Hunter
So, what does it mean to do justice? It means we are expected to do something. It is not enough just to think justice thoughts. It is not enough to wish for a more just society. It is not enough to complain about the lack of justice. God expects us to roll up our sleeves and get busy. We are to work for fairness on behalf of those who are weak and vulnerable.
Al Shlosha D’Varim
~ Allan E. Naplan
The Sanctuary Choir
Vicky Thomas, director
The world is sustained by three things:
By truth, by justice, and by peace.