Jesus said, “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; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. . . . “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
sermons4kids: “Why should we love our enemies? Jesus said that when we love our enemies, we are acting like children of God.”
Collect: O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: How has God sent you to be a preserver of what is good and healthy? How is your family living up to the wisdom that Joseph showed in caring for the people of Egypt and, eventually, even his own kin?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Movies/Videos: “Almost famous” (2000), “role rock music has played”; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), “soul-shattering effects of poverty”; “The Hurricane“, (1999), story of man sentenced for murder he did not commit (Warning: for mature audiences only).
Our dynamic duo of Pastor Doug and Chaplain Chris will be your teachers for Sunday. This week: Video for “What does it mean to be ‘born again’?” Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.