Proper 18 Yr A—
Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. . ..”

From sermons4kids: Sometimes you and I have a disagreement with our brothers and sisters in Christ. When that happens, we often build a fence between ourselves and them. We stop talking to them. We don’t want to see them. We don’t want to be around them. That isn’t what Jesus wants us to do. Instead of fences, he wants us to build a bridge of love between us.

9/10/17: Prop 18;
Ez 33:7-11
Ps 119:33-40
Rom 13:8-14
Matt 18:15-20
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.The passage from Matthew (18:15–20) is concerned with church discipline in a time of conflict. The focus, however, is not on punishment or blame, but on listening and talking through what has divided or offended so
that forgiveness and reconciliation may be accomplished. Does your church have a prescribed way of working through difficulty and division? Has there been a time in your congregation’s life or in your own life?

Eye Candy:
Statue of Reconciliation
by Vasconcellos; "Into the Night" by Rande Cook; Rawandan reconciliation
Ear Worm:
"Love one another", Mormon Tabernacle Choir;"Love one another", contemporary; "We are one in the spirit"
Brain Food:
"Insiders and Outsiders", posted to Huffington Post;
"Forgiveness & Reconciliation" by CDM Anderson; "Reconciliation" by R Kyle Johnson
"The Green Mile"(1999), the story of an incarcerated gentle giant; "O brother, where art thou" (2000), bluegrass version of Homer's Odyssey; "The Straight Story" (1999), story of man who wants to reconcile with his brother

 Study guide, kid video on forgiveness, group activity

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