“How is God my Friend?” (Ruth 1:1-18) Sunday February 5, 2017

Call to Worship:                                     

 

L:         Rejoice in the Lord always!

 

P:         Again, we say, rejoice!

 

L:         For God has gathered us together from all the corners of the earth.

 

P:         To be present now, and to know the joyful unity of being one with Christ.

 

L:         Rejoice in our God always!

 

P:         Again, we say, rejoice!

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Scripture (Ruth 1:1-18)               

                                  

Our reading comes from the book of Ruth.           

1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons.

 

2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 

 

3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.

 

4These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years,

 

5both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

 

6Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food.

 

7So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah.

 

8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

 

9The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud.

 

10They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”

 

11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?

 

12Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons,

 

13would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.”

 

14Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

 

15So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”

 

16But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

 

17Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!”

 

18When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

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@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “How is God my Friend?” (Ruth 1:1-18) Sunday February 5, 2017

  “How is God my Friend?”

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