September 25, 2022

The Way Forward – A Sermon on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12 – Interrupting  the Silence
Prelude - The Beatitudes
Call to Worship

Lord God, You are revealed to us in many ways—through Your creative love in nature and people.  With reverent awe we come to worship You.  The truths about You are spoken fluently—through Your creative Word and Presence.  With joy and delight we gather to worship You.  The reality is Your creative Spirit can be experienced each day—in changed lives, and in sustained and renewed creation. To this we offer our praise.  Amen.

Hymn - We Have Come into His House
Invocation and Lord's Prayer

We believe in one God, who is Creator. We believe in one God, who is Holy Spirit.  We believe in one God, who is Jesus Christ who taught those who love God to pray, saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:1-9

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

Joys and Concerns

God, your glory fills the heavens and all that you have made bears your mark.  We pray for this creation. We pray for those who cannot enjoy the warm sun or the cool night, those who are imprisoned or alone . . .those who are ill or infirm . . .those who mourn . . .Use all of us, our hearts, our hands, to bring your wondrous power into their lives. Let us glorify you, O God.  Amen.

Hymn - Teach Me, O Lord, I Pray
Sermon - Confronted by God's Blessings
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Hymn - Satisfied

Let us go blessed by God because our hunger and thirst has been satisfied by His righteousness.  Amen.

Postlude - I Am Resolved