God of love, you peer into each soul and heart and cherish us just the same. Be with us now as we come into your presence with reverence and humility, with joy and expectation. Help us to live more fully with the realization of your endless love for us. Teach us to live and love as a family. Guide us to be good children, as you are our perfect parent. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Good and gracious God, we confess those times we have praised you with our lips, but have not glorified you with our lives. Have mercy on us, we pray, for our brief faith that fades under pressure; for our quick enthusiasm that just as quickly dies; for the hopes we proclaim, but do not pursue. Forgive us, Lord God, and give us a new trust in your power, that we may live for justice and tell of your loving kindness, by our actions as by our words.
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 1 NRSV (source)
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Gospel Lesson: Luke 6: 17-26 NRSV (source)
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
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Sacrament of Holy Baptism
“Radical Jesus! Yes, Radical!” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer