Call to Celebration
We enter into this worship space in expectation of God’s radical love meeting us here.
We will receive the Good News today.
Jesus meets us where we are on our journey.
May words of healing manifest in our hearing.
Blessed are those who seek king-dom relationships.
They understand the power of collective resources.
Blessed are those who embrace the thin places.
Their faith will become mature.
Honorable are those who are compassionate.
They see the divine in all peoples.
The Good News is unfolding in our presence.
May we hear with open ears.
God, you have given us the Gift of the Word. The Word speaks truth and
life. You have given us the power of words to transform lives. May we
“never be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary
(the quoted sentence above was spoken by The Honorable John Lewis)
Full Service February 13
Luke 6:17-26 NIV
Blessings and Woes
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25 Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.