Prophets sometimes give voice to hope in the midst of the hardest of times. As we prepare to hear the sermon on October 27, based on Isaiah 43:16-21, listen to the text and to reflections by Luke and Don. Perhaps we can find hope in the midst of the challenges around us.
Come, let's make a world of difference! Come, see the world of difference among us and celebrate the many gifts and perspectives that enrich us! Surely the Sermon Text Conversation for this week powerfully demonstrates the diversity among us.
How do we pass on our faith? Watch those who are working among us and remember those who have inspired you along the way. Check out the text and conversation and add your own tributes to those who have inspired you.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
18 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.”
4 Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
14:1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you."
For it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,'
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also…
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you--unless you have come to believe in vain.
Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph's son?
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.