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Roll Down Justice

3/1/2017 – 4/16/2017
Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world. Our Lenten series is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is that God calls us to let “justice roll down like waters” (Amos 5:24). Worship without justice is not acceptable, rather our songs must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed. This season will offer us a time of reflection and renewed inspiration to let our voices be tuned to the heart of the Gospel – proclaiming God’s love for all people. What prejudices are we challenged to “give up” as a Lent practice of abstinence, and further, how are we willing to “give” of ourselves for the sake of the world?

March 1 (Ash Wednesday) – Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Re-Cognition – Amos 5:21-24
March 5 – Child of God: Naming Each One – Romans 8:31-39
March 12 – How Long: Renouncing Evil – Psalm 13
March 19 – I Dream of a Church: Christ’s Representatives – Matthew 25:31-40
March 26 – I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness – Luke 23:32-43
April 2 – God Has Work for Us to Do: Faithful Disciples – Isaiah 58:6-12
April 9 (Palm Sunday) – The Day is Coming: We Are One – Isaiah 35:1-3, Matthew 21:1-11
April 14 (Good Friday) – Traveling Companions: Journey to the Water – Psalm 42, Matthew 26:14-27:66
April 16 (Easter Day) – Welcome: The New Jerusalem – Jeremiah 31:1-6, Matthew 28:1-10

The New Jerusalem

Death can take many different forms. Yes, it can be a physical death, but there are many other ways that drain us of life and steal away our peace. Today’s message is that death has been defeated, that justice does indeed roll down in a stream of love that cannot be stopped. (Matthew 28:1-9, Jeremiah 31:1-6)

I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness

I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness

What does a community of love and forgiveness look like? One way that love and forgiveness is cultivated in churches is that Christian worship services often have a time to “Pass the Peace.” While I know that you most often here think of it as a time to greet one another, its origins go way back. The Passing of the Peace is much more than a handshake and a smile. (Luke 23:32-43)

How Long: Renouncing Evil

How Long: Renouncing Evil

Evil, injustice and oppression are all too real in our world today. Racial justice. Human rights. Human trafficking. Healthcare. Wealth Distribution. Earth stewardship. Immigration & Refugees. War & Violence. We can go on and on. We long for God’s peace and justice. And until that time, we cry out with the psalmist, “How long?” (Psalm 13)

Child of God: Naming Each One

Child of God: Naming Each One

Can you name everyone here this morning? If you can good! Those you cannot name are the people you should be greeting after church! Each of us here has our struggles and story. Each of us needs to have someone else call us by name. And say, I see you. You are precious child of God. You matter to God and you matter to me. (Romans 8:31-39)

Make Me an Instrument of Peace: Re-Cognition

Make Me an Instrument of Peace: Re-Cognition

Lent begins with a call to re-pent which means to turn around. And tonight, we are thinking about this in terms of re-cognizing. The prophet Amos points that God doesn’t want our offerings unless we are also concerned with justice and righteousness. What is it about the work of justice that we are being called to open our eyes and see, to re-learn, to re-discover? (Amos 5:21-24)