How we choose to live has consequences. We have been given, in the Scriptures and in Christ’s example, a picture of the kind of life that brings about greater wholeness and joy for those who live it. But, we have also been given a picture of the pain that results when we reject God’s ways. This leaves us with a simple choice of which way we will choose to follow.
May our worship lead us deeper into the way of Jesus in practical world-changing ways.
Cursed are those who trust in human strength and turn away from God. They live in barrenness with no hope. But those who trust in God are like trees planted near a river. They have green leaves and bear lots of fruit. The human heart is deceitful and wicked and God searches all hearts and motives, rewarding people according to their actions.
Some Corinthians say there is no resurrection. Paul points out that this means that then not even Christ has been resurrected, which means their faith is useless and believers are most to be pitied. But Christ has been raised and is the first of a great harvest.
Jesus preaches to the crowds, in Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. Those who are poor, hungry, and who weep, and are persecuted are blessed, while those who are rich, prosperous, laughing, and praised by the crowds are facing great sorrow.
Jesus, healer, teacher, leader break in to our busy lives today and draw us to yourself.
Open our lives to receive all that you have to offer:
A healing touch, an enlightening word, a call to do your work of justice in the world.
Shake up our lives so that we may enter
Your reign of beatitudes,
where the poor are fed,
the excluded are welcomed,
the sorrowing consoled and
the lost find a home among us.
In your holy name we pray. Amen!
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir & Fusion
Ushers: Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, Scott Riley,