“A Way to Set a Peaceful Table” (Peace) (Baruch 5: 1-5, Philippians 1:3-11), Dec. 5, 2021
Baruch 5: 1-5 (CEB)
Take off your mourning clothes and oppression, Jerusalem!
Dress yourself in the dignity of God’s glory forever.
Wrap the justice that comes from God around yourself like a robe.
Place the eternal one’s glory on your head like a crown.
God will show your brilliance everywhere under heaven.
God will give you this name by which to be called forever:
The Peace That Comes from Justice,
The Honor That Comes from Reverence for God!
Get up, Jerusalem!
Stand on the high place, and look around to the east!
See your children gathered from the west to the east by the holy one’s word,
as they rejoice that God has remembered them.
Philippians 1:3-11 (CEB)
I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace, both during my time in prison and in the defense and support of the gospel. God is my witness that I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.
This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.
A Way to Set a Peaceful Table