“Are You Prepared?” Luke 21:5-19 Sunday June 12, 2016


Luke 21:5-19

 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

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Week of Compassion: Where you go I will go; and where you stay I will stay Ruth 1:16

Week of Compassion


Compassion – a deep awareness and sympathy for another’s suffering. A humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.

Compassing – to bring about or accomplish, to travel around, to get the meaning of something or a understanding of something, to surround or enclose.

Encompass – to be part of something broader.

Over the next two Sunday’s we have an opportunity as COMPASS Christian Church to donate to the Week of Compassion Fund, to bring about change and to be part of something broader than our personal,  geographical boundaries. But it doesn’t have to end there, we can donate anytime.

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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -JANE GOODALL



Our Bible is filled with stories of journeys. From the chronicle of how God’s spirit moved across creation in search of a caretaker in Genesis, to Jesus’ call in the Great Commission – to go and make Disciples in all nations – the People of God have been on the move.

From the journey of his Disciples in following Jesus in his ministry to John’s writing of the Book of Revelation, in exile, on the Isle of Patmos, the people of God have been on the move. We have the chance today to answer God’s call. Let us respond generously to help as one Church.

Unfortunately, sometimes that movement reflects the last possible choice for families in crisis. War, disaster, a changing climate or devastated economy have forced millions over the years to seek safety as refugees.

As we offer our gifts, let us be mindful not only of the assistance for those forced to flee their homes. May we also recognize that in giving, we, too are moved in our journey to live ever more in Christ’s image.

Since 1946, Church World Service, the relief, development and refugee assistance ministry of 37 member communions such as ours, has been called to resettle refugees, allowing them to escape warfare, civil strife, oppression and statelessness.  Since the end of World War II, your mission partner, CWS, has offered life-giving resettlement to more than 800,000 persons.  At every step of the way, there have been congregations like ours who have stepped forward to serve as co-sponsors, mentors and friends to newly arrived refugees on behalf of the Church.

Today we celebrate that effort and recognize that the world is facing a refugee crisis we have not seen in generations. At this moment, there are more refugees in the world than at any time since World War II. Fighting rages in Syria, with families fleeing for safety.

Sectarian violence has forced men, women and children from their homes in the Central African Republic on a scale that has not been seen in decades.

Persecution of minority groups like Rohingya endures in Asia.

The threat of violence forces parents to send their children away, unaccompanied, in Central  and Latin America because for them, sending their children away, alone or in the care of strangers is an even safer option than staying put.

Week of Compassion helps us to be there for them. The offering we make is steeped in more than just decades of tradition. It is rooted in responding to Christ’s call to welcome the stranger. The Week of Compassion offering connects our church’s resources to others to provide help beyond just emergency food, water and shelter. Our offering will help people in need begin a new life free from violence, persecution, shifting climate — a new life with hope for the future.


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For Some Inspiration Quotes:

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”  –  HENRI J.M. NOUWEN

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -AMELIA EARHART

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” -MOTHER TERESA

“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” -JOHN CONNOLLY

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” -DALAI LAMA XIV

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -HELEN KELLER

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -THEODORE ROOSEVELT

“It is not with your own wealth that you give alms to the poor, but with a fraction of their own which you give back; for you are usurping for yourself something meant for the common good of all. The earth is for everyone, not only for the rich.” – ST. AMBROSE

“You know, the only time Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor. ‘As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40)’. As I say, good news to the poor.” -BONO

“I hope my life tries to give testimony to the message of the Gospel, above all that God loves the world and loves those who are poorest within it.” -GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” -FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

“If I see the gift as mine alone to give, I might give hesitantly, even grudgingly, considering my options, then giving from a sense of ought. If I see the gift as God’s who allows me to use it for a time, then the gift can flow more freely, as I join with others to be a channel for God’s love and mercy.” -ROBERTA PORTER

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” -MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

“It just seems to me that as long as we are both here, it’s pretty clear that the struggle is to share the planet, rather than to divide it.” -ALICE WALKER

“For it is in giving that we receive.” -ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -JANE GOODALL

“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.” -FREDERICK BUECHNER

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” -MAYA ANGELOU

“We were not put on earth to make ourselves happy. The path to true happiness lies in helping others.” -HELEN CALDICOTT

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” -PEMA CHÖDRÖN

“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” -BARBARA BUSH

“I cannot think of a better definition of Christianity than that: give, give, give.” -JAMES I. MCCORD

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” -JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, JR.

“Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you.” -LYNN A. MILLER

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” -AFRICAN PROVERB

“Poverty is the greatest form of violence.” -GANDHI

“The churches have to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless. But they have also to remember that the answer to homelessness is homes, not shelters. What the poor and downtrodden need is not piecemeal charity but wholesale justice.” -WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN

“Each and every one of us has the opportunity to make choices – moving beyond a question like, ‘How is it that you ask a drink of me?’ and stretching towards holiness, where seeds are planted and harvested, where water is drawn from wells, and where all of us are invited to the feast and to drink without reservation, because we understand in our hearts, in our minds, and in the depths of our souls what it means to be human, and believe that truly, there is enough for all.” -JOHN MCCULLOUGH, CEO AND PRESIDENT, CWS

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.”  -MARCUS GARVEY

“The point is not that Jesus was a good guy who accepted everybody, and thus we should do the same (though that would be good). Rather, his teachings and behavior reflect an alternative social vision. Jesus was not talking about how to be good and how to behave within the framework of a domination system. He was a critic of the domination system itself.”   -MARCUS J. BORG

“Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.”  – TERRY EAGLETON

“There is more beauty than our eyes can bear, precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm.”  -MARILYNNE ROBINSON

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” -TAHEREH MAFI

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”  – ANNE FRANK

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”  -DALAI LAMA XIV

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – MAYA ANGELOU

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”  -SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

“Compassion is a verb.”  -THÍCH NHAT HANH “Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”  – CRISS JAMI

“Giving does not only preceed receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.”  – ISRAELMORE AYIVOR

“To make an option for the poor is to make an option for Jesus.” -GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ

“Whatever God does, the first outburst is always compassion.” -MEISTER ECKHART

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -GANDHI


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