Quick nongraded multiple choice quiz: In his first teachings to the disciples in Luke 6, Jesus says certain people are blessed. Which of the following does Jesus say are blessed in Luke 6:
A. Those who believe in him.
B. Those who believe the Bible is the Word of God.
C. Those who are rich because wealth is a sign of God’s favor.
D. The poor.
The answer is D. This answer was scandalous in Jesus’ day and it is scandalous in our day. God loves everyone, but as liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez says, “God has a preferential love for the poor.” This message is a scandal to many Christians, especially those of us growing up in a capitalistic society. We will explore more of the scandalous message of Jesus during worship today!
Prelude – Jean Herrera Welcome – Adam Ericksen Lighting of the Peace Candle - Melanie and Jeff All: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds. Scripture Readings – Jeremiah 17:5-10 & Luke 6:17-26 *Call to Worship One: Please join us in the call to worship… One: Blessed are we All: When our treasures cannot be quantified. One: Blessed are we All: When our knowledge is tempered by mystery. One: Blessed are we All: When our pain is held in the balm of love. One: Blessed are we All: When our delight comes from beyond ourselves. Amen. Children’s Moment - Adam Passing of the Peace - One: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you. All: And also with you. Song: They Will Know Offering Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer Sermon – The Scandalous Message of Jesus Unison Benediction May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace. This day and forever more. Amen -Numbers 6:24-26 *Written by Katherine Hawker at liturgyoutside.net