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“Lord, you know everyone’s heart.” —Acts 1:24

Sunday, October 25

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Reformation Sunday

 

Europe in the early 16th century witnessed not only the Protestant Reformation but the near total transformation of its political scene with the passing of the Holy Roman Empire and the emergence of city- and nation-states in different configurations.

Calvin, in his Institutes, after exhaustive focus on the “inner man and eternal life,” shifted attention to social justice, governance, and civil society. While noting the necessity to protect spiritual life, he enumerated the responsibilities of civil governance:

•  to regulate our lives in a manner requisite for the society of men

•  to form our manners to civil justice

•  to promote our concord with each other

•  to establish general peace and tranquility

Geneva, the Reformation city, stands as a monument to his desire to create a community reflecting these values.

Now, four conflicted centuries later, the venue is a global society, a community in becoming, with purposes and values articulated in theUnited Nations Charter:

•  to . . . maintain international peace and security

•  to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women

•  to establish conditions under which justice and . . . international law can be maintained

•  to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom

Today we honor the United Nations, created after the most horrendous war and atrocities in history. We offer support for its efforts on our behalf to build the still-needed civil society for our international community.

Robert F. Smylie, director emeritus, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Let us pray

God of all nations and peoples, we pray for the United Nations and those who labor there for global peace and security, human rights and dignity, justice and order, and ever-improving standards of life—requirements for a durable civil society. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Job 42:1–6, 10–17
“Be Thou My Vision"
GTG 450, HB 303, PH 339

 Ps. 34:1–8 (19–22)
“Taste and See"
GTG 520

 Heb. 7:23–28
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
GTG 353, HB 368, PH 379

Mark 10:46–52
“Guide My Feet”
GTG 741, PH 354

Let us pray

God of all nations and peoples, we pray for the United Nations and those who labor there for global peace and security, human rights and dignity, justice and order, and ever-improving standards of life—requirements for a durable civil society. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 108; 150
First Reading Haggai 1:1-2:9
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 44:15-30
Second Reading Acts 18:24-19:7
Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37
Evening Psalms 66; 23

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