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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Sunday, October 19

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Children’s Sabbath


The following is excerpted from a letter by Children’s Defense Fund president Marian Wright Edelman that accompanies the 2013 Children’s Sabbaths materials.

Dear Faithful Welcome to the 22nd annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths celebration, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty.” Your faithful preaching, teaching, service, and hard, urgent, and persistent work for justice are needed now more than ever to create a world in which children are safe from the pervasive violence of guns and poverty. . . .

. . . In 2010, a child or teen was killed by guns every three hours and fifteen minutes— that’s more than 21 lost lives every three days from gun homicides, suicides, and accidents. A child or youth was killed or injured by a gun every half hour. Between 1963 and 2010, an estimated 166,500 children and teens aged 0–19 lost their lives to gun violence. . . . Of these deaths, 62 percent were among White children and youths and 36 percent were among Black children and youths; 52 percent were homicides, 29 percent were suicides, and 16 percent were accidental deaths. . . .

. . . It’s time to say enough! The tragic, relentless taking of life by gun violence . . . will continue if you remain silent and do not act. The sacred texts, teachings, and traditions of our religious faiths call us not to harm others and point us to the way of nonviolence and the power of love and to protecting the poor and vulnerable. . . .

. . . In his 1959 “Sermon on Gandhi,” Dr. King wrote: “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.” My hope and prayer is that through the 22nd National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths weekend . . . we will move one step closer to becoming the beloved community.

Let us pray

God of grace and justice, may we empower our families and children with the means to stand up together for economic security and physical safety as we seek to become the beloved community. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Exod. 33:12–23
“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
HB 271

Ps. 99
“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
HB 84, PH 288

1 Thess. 1:1–10
“O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”
HB 304, PH 357

Matt. 22:15–22
“Take My Life”
HB 310, PH 391

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 67; 150
First Reading Micah 1:1-9
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel Reading Matthew 16:13-20
Evening Psalms 46; 93


  • I believe that violence is violence. The tools are not important. Violence is what, we as Christians, should be concerned. Why are people so violent that they want to take a life? Why do people get kids in the middle? Is it illegal drugs? Is it joblessness? Why in Gods name would you include a tool? Hatred,drug abuse, alcohol abuse, jobless families should receive the attention they need.....again not the tool. People need help from the community, but we are all trying to out do each other. People blame corporations for a world wide anxiety and in many, many cases they are an old man I have seen a lot and guns never posed a problem... it was always some nut trying to "settle" something like pride....that's my story and I'm sticking to it. BTW, I live in a nice neighborhood ( not an expensive one) and my house has been broken into twice and my car broken into once. My guess is that illegal narcotics was the cause of this violation of my one was ever hurt. by Don Blakeley on 10/19/2014 at 9:31 a.m.

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