Prayer for the Week (November 22-November 28)

Let us pray that we reign with Jesus by serving with him: God our Father when you wanted to show us that you are the Lord of all people, you sent us Jesus your Son as the humble servant of your love. Give us faith to learn from him that to serve is to reign.
Amen.

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Sunday Reflection (November 22, 2020)

The prophet Ezekiel envisioned a future in which God himself would shepherd the people with fairness and justice. The leaders of ancient Israelite society had not practiced fairness and justice (Ezekiel 34:1-4, 11-12, 20-22).  It was a society in which the strong and influential forgot that the advocate for the poor, the weak,  and the vulnerable was none other than God!  Maybe it is not unlike our society!

Likewise, Jesus notes (Matthew 25:31-46) that fates are determined by “how we treat the ‘least of these.’”  God judges us not only for the wrong we have done but also for what we have failed to do.  This is not the things beyond our ability to do, but the things within our ability, that we have failed to do.  We are judged as individuals and as a nation by how we have treated the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable.  God has entrusted us with treasures so that through our actions the world can get a glimpse of God’s kingdom of care and love.

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Sunday Sermon November 15, 2020

 

Sunday Reflection (November 15, 2020)

In ancient Israel, the proper worship of Yahweh entailed the fair and just treatment of everyone in society, especially the most vulnerable. The failure of the ancient Israelites led Zephaniah to call the day of the Lord a day of darkness and gloom (Zephaniah 1:7-18). Lest we become arrogant, think of our society’s reliance upon wealth over faithfulness.

As the sons and daughters of the light, we prepare ourselves for the day of the Lord by how we treat others and order society. May we bring brightness to the darkness around us (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11). In the midst of darkness and gloom, may we be the light that leads us to turn to our neighbors in kindness and fairness.

Prayer for the Week (November 15-November 21)

Let us pray that our prayers rise like incense in the presence of the Lord: Almighty Father, strong is your justice and great is your mercy. Protect us in the burdens and challenges of life. Shield our minds from the distortion of pride and enfold our desire with the beauty of truth. Help us become more aware of your loving design so that we give our lives in service to others. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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