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A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 2, 2018

Peace that passes understanding   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery Philippians 4:4–9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.   Reflection: When Paul writes to the Philippians, he does so facing his own death. He is in prison, and not long from now he may be killed. In his letter, Paul reflects… Read more »

Sunday, October 1, 2017

World Communion Sunday/Peace & Global Witness Offering Isaiah 58 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson, Associate Chaplain, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not… Read more »

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We will practice boldly the things that make for peace Philippians 2:12 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at… Read more »

Friday, September 29, 2017

We will practice boldly the things that make for peace  Matthew 6:9–14 Submitted by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we… Read more »

Thursday, September 28, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence  Matthew 5:43–48 Submitted by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children… Read more »

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love  Matthew 5:38–42 Submitted by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the… Read more »

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence  Matthew 5:27–30 Submitted by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. Reflection: Repentance is very hard work. It’s almost hard to believe that our beloved, gentle Jesus would say that “if your right… Read more »

Monday, September 25, 2017

Peacemaking is essential to our faith  Matthew 5:21–26 Submitted by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Ott So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 23–24, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence  Jonah 3:10—4:11 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. Reflection: I can imagine… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 23–24, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence  Jonah 3:10—4:11 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. Reflection: I can imagine… Read more »