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“Kindness Illustrated: Boaz & Ruth”, Ruth 2:1-3, 8-20 Sunday, August 26, 2018

Call to Worship:

 

L:  On the holy mountain is the city cherished by the Lord.

P:Zion shall be called “Mother” for all shall be her children.

L: Babylon, Egypt, Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia will all be included.

UAnd while they dance they will sing, “In you, all find their home.”

Scripture:

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-20

Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field

Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.

And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”

Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.

So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”

10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”

11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”

14 At mealtime, Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”

When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. 15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah.[a] 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.

19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!”

Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.

20 “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is one of our close relatives, he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Kindness Illustrated: Boaz & Ruth”, Ruth 2:1-3, 8-20 Sunday, August 26, 2018

“Kindness Illustrated: Boaz & Ruth”

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“Showing Kindness to Others” (Matthew 10:40-42; Mark 9:33-37) ; Sunday, August 19, 2018

Call to Worship     

 

L:         Abraham and Sarah welcomed three strangers into their tent, and were blessed by God.

 

P:         God is welcoming us to find shelter beneath a canopy of grace.

 

L:         Cleopas and another disciple welcomed a stranger into their house, and were blessed by Jesus.

 

P:         Jesus is welcoming all to find healing in his embrace.

 

U:        Let us welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed us, for the glory of God!

             

Scripture (Matthew 10:40-42; Mark 9:33-37) 

                                   

Our readings come from the good news according to Matthew and Mark.

 

And Jesus said,

40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

 

41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;

 

42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Our second reading continues from Mark’s gospel.

33Then Jesus and the disciples came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”

 

34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.

 

35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”

 

36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,

 

37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Here end our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Showing Kindness to Others” (Matthew 10:40-42; Mark 9:33-37) ; Sunday, August 19, 2018

“Showing Kindness to Others”

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“What’s in Your Wardrobe?” (Titus 3:1-5); Rev. Dr. Daniel Meister, Sunday August 12, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Here, in this place, God welcomes all the dreamers, as well as the doubters:

P: Here, the worriers and wanderers can call on God by name.

L: Here, in this time, we can remember all the ways God has graced us:
here, in these moments, we are reminded that God is with us, always!

P: Here are gathered those daring enough to step out of comfort into the unknown:

U: Here, in this faith space, we will find the courage to cry out, ‘God, save us!’
in every situation.

 

Scripture (Titus 3:1-5) 

                                   

Our reading comes from the letter of Titus.

1Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

 

2to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.

 

3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.

 

4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,

 

5he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

 

@Copyrighted: “What’s in Your Wardrobe?” (Titus 3:1-5); Rev. Dr. Daniel Meister, Sunday, August 12, 2018

“What’s in Your Wardrobe?”

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“Loving God Fivefold” Luke 10: 26-27 Sunday, August 5, 2018

 

Call to Worship   

 

L:         Lord, I am instrument of your peace.

Where there is self-hatred, let me sow love;

where there is negative self-talk, kindness;

where there is loathing of my body, acceptance;

 

P:         where there is nursing of old injuries, release;

where there is envy of others, gratefulness;

where there is perfectionism, humanness.

 

L:         O Divine Father, grant that I may not so much seek

to be self-hurting, as self-healing;

 

P:         to be self-denying, as self-cherishing,

to be numb, as to feel.

 

U:        For it is in being loved by you, that I know I am lovable;

through your confidence in me, I confidently face each day,

it is in being yours now and eternally, that I live in peace.

Scripture Luke 10: 26-27

26“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?”

27He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 

 

@Copyrighted by Chaplain Ed Vennerholm Sermon: “Loving God Fivefold” Luke 10: 26-27 Sunday, August 5, 2018

 

“Loving God Fivefold”

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