“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, . . . But be doers of the word, . . . Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus called the crowd . . . ‘It’s not what goes into your body that makes you unclean, it is the bad words that come out of your mouth. Out of your hearts come evil thoughts, greed, cheating, and envy. This is what makes you unclean.'”
Scripture: September 2, 2018 (Proper 17)—1 Kings 8:[1, 6, 10-11], 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84 or 84:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-20; and John 6:56-69.
Collect: Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: How can we know the difference between human tradition and the commandments of God? How can we know that we serve God from the heart?
Sunday School—will start the Sunday following Labor Day (9/9/18)
Ear Worm: “Your words are spirit and life” by Bernadette Farrell; “Jubilate Deo” by Benjamin Britten; “Give me Jesus“, spiritual by SSSJ’s adult choir, 2013, Richard Broughton soloist (Thank you, Richard).
Brain Food: “Human existence cannot be silent. nor can it be nourished by false words, but only true words, with which man and women transform the world. To exist, humanly, is to name the world, to change it.. . . Human beings are not build in silence, but in word, in work, in action-reflection.” by Paulo Freize; ”
“Let every word be the fruit of action and reflection. Reflection alone without action or tending toward it is mere theory, adding its weight when we are overloaded with it already. Action alone without reflection is being busy pointlessly. Honor the Word eternal and speak to make a new world possible.” by Helder Camara;
Speak, Jesus, Word of God
Alleluia. Speak, Jesus, Word of God. It’s your turn to speak. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Brother, who speaks truth to his brothers and sisters, give us your new freedom. Free from profit and from fear, we will live in gospel; we will shout in gospel; Alleluia. Alleluia.
Against the orders of hate you bring us the law of love. In the face of so many lies you are the truth out loud. Amid so much news of death you have the word of life. After so many false promises, frustrated hopes, you have, Lord Jesus, the last word, and we have put all our trust in you. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Your truth will set us free. Alleluia. Alleluia.
~Pedro Casaldaliga, Brazil
Movies/Videos: “Weapons of the Spirit” (1989), “the Bible says feed hungry and visit sick” (scroll down); “Norma Rae” (1972), “stands must be taken; “Snow falling on cedars” (1999), “. . . themes of lost love, racial prejudice, and search for justice . . .”
Nothing specific for you to do but . . . . This week’s concept is “Be doers of the Word”. Think about what you do that reflects your being a “doer of the Word.” So ponder what you consider to answer the question.