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Bulletin for Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Kingdom is Yours – Part Seven
Blessed are the peacemakers.

 

Hear the Sound - Lyrics

Hear the Sound

God of mercy – Full of grace
You are forever – Always forever
Slow to anger – Rich in love
You are forever – Always forever

We hear Your kingdom shout
And all Your praises reign

So let the heavens roar
Echo across the ground
And as your people sing of Your majesty
Lord hear the sound
Lord hear the sound

God of mercy – Full of grace
You are forever – Always forever
Slow to anger – Rich in love
You are forever – Always forever

We hear Your kingdom shout
And all Your praises reign

So let the heavens roar
Echo across the ground
And as your people sing of Your majesty
Lord hear the sound
Lord hear the sound

So let the heavens roar
Echo across the ground
And as your people sing of Your majesty
Lord hear the sound
Lord hear the sound

Everyone, everyone
Everyone, everyone
Everyone – You forgive, You forgive
Everyone – You restore, You restore
Everyone – You redeem, You redeem
Everyone

So let the heavens roar
Echo across the ground
And as your people sing of Your majesty
Lord hear the sound
Lord hear the sound

So let the heavens roar
Echo across the ground
And as your people sing of Your majesty
Lord hear the sound
Lord hear the sound

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus - Lyrics

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee

Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

 

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Come Thou long expected One, make
all things new O Christ the Son
Come Thou long expected One, make
all things new O Christ the Son
(repeat)

Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free

The Kingdom is Yours - Lyrics

The Kingdom is Yours

Blessed are the ones who do not bury
All the broken pieces of their heart
Blessed are the tears of all the weary
Pouring like a sky of falling stars

Blessed are the wounded ones in mourning
Brave enough to show the Lord their scars
Blessed are the hurts that are not hidden
Open to the healing touch of God

The Kingdom is yours
The Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord
Keep your eyes on Him

Blessed are the ones who walk in kindness
Even in the face of great abuse
Blessed are the deeds that go unnoticed
Serving with unguarded gratitude

Blessed are the ones who fight for justice
Longing for the coming day of peace
Blessed is the soul
that thirsts for righteousness
Welcoming the last, the lost, the least

The Kingdom is yours
The Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord
Keep your eyes on Him

The Kingdom is yours
The Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord
Keep your eyes on Him

Blessed are the ones who suffer violence
And still have strength to love their enemies
Blessed is the faith of those who persevere
Though they fall, they’ll never know defeat

The Kingdom is yours
The Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord
Keep your eyes on Him

The Kingdom is yours
The Kingdom is yours
Hold on a little more, this is not the end
Hope is in the Lord
Keep your eyes on Him

Steadfast - Lyrics

Steadfast

I will build my house
Whether storm or drought
On the rock that does not move
I will set my hope
In your love, O Lord
And Your faithfulness will prove

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

By the word You spoke
All the starry host
Are called out by name each night
In Your watchful care
I will rest secure
As You lead me with Your light

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

I will not trust in the strength of kings
On Your promise I will stand
I will shout for joy, I will raise my voice
Hallelujah to the Lamb!

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

In the moment of emptiness
All was fulfilled
In the hour of darkness
Your light was revealed

In the presence of death
Your life was affirmed
In the absence of holiness
You are still God

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:1-12

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Everyone: Thanks be to God.

Sermon Slides / Quotes


Today’s Beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Luke 10:29-37: 29 [The expert in the Law] wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Sirach 50:25-26 “Two nations my soul detests, and the third is not even a people: Those who live in Seir, and the Philistines, and the stupid people that live in Shechem.”
Why do the Samaritans get the Voldemort treatment?
History: 586/7 BCE – Babylonian Exile 539 BCE – Edict of Cyrus / Return -People of the Land offer to help -Jews reject Samaritans -Samaritans worship at Mt. Gerizim 300’s BCE – Samaritan Temple Built -This was the Samaritans’ “Hit’ Em Up”! (There was no going back!) 128 BCE – John Hyrcanus and Army destroy the Samaritan Temple. 107 BCE – Jewish Army Destroys City of Schechem 9 BCE – Samaritans scatter bones in Jerusalem Temple at Passover 50 CE – Jewish Traveler mudered traveling from Galilee to Jerusalem – Jews massacre an entire village in retaliation
Luke 20:20-26: 20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
History: 63 BCE – Romans conquer Judea – Pompey enters Holy of Holies – Golden Eagle at Temple entrance 4 BCE – Golden Eagle torn down – Judah & Mathias burned alive – 3000 Jews die in Passover riot – Athronges revolts – 2000 die 6 CE – Judas the Gallilean Revolt – Anti-taxation / Census – Birthed Zealot sect 46-48 CE – Jacob & Simon Revolts – Menahem (grands on) led revolts 66 CE – The Great War breaks out 70 CE – Destruction of Jerusalem – Temple destroyed finally
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
O Day of Peace - Lyrics

O Day of Peace

Oh day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes & prayers & dreams
Guide us to justice, truth and love
Delivered from our selfish schemes

May swords of hate fall from our hands
Our hearts from envy find release
‘Til by God’s grace our warring world
Shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace

Then shall the wolf dwell with the Lamb
Nor shall the fierce devour the small
As beasts and cattle calmly graze
A little Child shall lead them all

Then enemies shall learn to love
All creatures find their true accord
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled
For all the earth shall know the Lord

Come to Him with all your heart
Come and lay your burdens down
For peace He came to give
And joy shall be the crown
And joy shall be the crown

O Come let us adore Him
O Come let us adore Him
O Come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

We’ll give Him all the glory
We’ll give Him all the glory
We’ll give Him all the glory
Christ the Lord

For He alone is worthy
For He alone is worthy
For He alone is worthy
Christ the Lord

Tremble - Lyrics

Tremble

Peace, bringing it all to peace
The storm surrounding me
Let it break – at Your name
Still, call the sea to still
The rage in me to still
Every wave – at Your name

Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus – You silence fear
Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus

Breathe – call these bones to live
Call these lungs to sing
Once again – I will praise

Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus – You silence fear
Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus

Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus – You silence fear
Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus

Your name is a light
that the shadows can’t deny
Your name cannot be overcome
Your name is alive forever lifted high
Your name cannot be overcome

Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus – You silence fear
Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus

Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus – You silence fear
Jesus Jesus
You make the darkness tremble
Jesus Jesus

Peace, bringing it all to peace
The storm surrounding me
Let it break – at Your name

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