“The Fruit of Compassion” (2 Samuel 9:1-11; Galatians 5:22) Sunday June 4, 2017

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L:         God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.


P:         And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.


L:         Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.


P:         Yet it was always God who gave the growth!


U:        May the fruit of compassion ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!


(2 Samuel 9:1-11; Galatians 5:22)

Our first reading comes from the second book of Samuel. 

David asked, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and he was summoned to David. The king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “At your service!”
3The king said, “Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” Ziba said to the king, “There remains a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”
 4The king said to him, “Where is he?” Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.”
5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.
 6Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. David said, “Mephibosheth!” He answered, “I am your servant.”
7David said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan; I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you yourself shall eat at my table always.”
 8He did obeisance and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?”
9Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.
10You and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, so that your master’s grandson may have food to eat; but your master’s grandson Mephibosheth shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do.” Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Galatians.

22The fruit of the Spirit is kindness.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Fruit of Compassion” (2 Samuel 9:1-11; Galatians 5:22) Sunday June 4, 2017

“The Fruit of Compassion”

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