Words for the Week – July 19, 2018

I’m excited to welcome Amy Meli of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) to Peace on Sunday.  From 9:15 am – 10:15 am, she will tell us about the work of LSS, highlighting the Good Neighbor Refugee Program.  Hope to see you then!

In the lessons last week, the prophets called powerful leaders Jereboam and Herod to account.  Neither leader had the humility to listen to the prophets nor the courage to stand up for what was right in the face of other powerful influences.  They remained unjust, cruel leaders even though they were given many chances to change.

It is often hard to hear the truth about our lives.  We all have blind spots.  I don’t know anyone who really likes to be told they’re doing something wrong.  But the prophetic word brings with it a beautiful possibility: because we can trust God’s forgiveness, we can change for the good. 

 Listen to the sermon here.

This week, our Bible passages point out that we are all searching for someone to restore us to wholeness.  We are all like sheep, gone astray.  I will preach about how, though we live in a world where “dividing walls” and “hostility” (Ephesians 2) seem to be winning the political reality, we can even more powerfully trust that God’s shepherding hand is at work.  In Christ, we can be reconciled and restored to peace. 

Be at Peace,

Pastor Sarah