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Season of Peace

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Friday, September 22, 2017

We will practice boldly the things that make for peace  I Kings 21:1–16 Submitted by Rev. Ginna Bairby Ahab said to Naboth, ‘Give me your vineyard so that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house’. . . But Naboth said to Ahab, ‘The Lord forbid that I should… Read more »

Thursday, September 21, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence  Matthew 5:1–10 Submitted by Rev. Ginna Bairby Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Reflection: I love the beatitudes because they turn our conventional value systems upside down. They cast aside the way a fallen world assigns worth and lift up… Read more »

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love  Matthew 4:18–22 Submitted by Rev. Ginna Bairby “Follow me,” Jesus says to his disciples, “And I will make you fish for people.” Reflection: It’s not enough for Jesus that Simon Peter and Andrew become his disciples. That’s a fine start, but he makes it clear from the beginning… Read more »

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence  Psalm 139 Submitted by Rev. Ginna Bairby “O Lord, you have searched me and known me . . .” Reflection: Many times, the Prayer of Confession is my favorite part of worship. Perhaps that sounds crazy. But as Presbyterians, confession should come naturally to us. We’re… Read more »

Monday, September 18, 2017

Peacemaking is essential to our faith    I Corinthians 1:20–31 Submitted by Rev. Ginna Bairby “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Reflection: “Peacemaking? You’re working on peacemaking? Good luck with that!” Have you gotten that response before? Many of us have. My friend David is a singer-songwriter who put a successful… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 16–17, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love  Psalm 114 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. Why… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 16–17, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love  Psalm 114 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. Why… Read more »

Friday, September 15, 2017

We will practice boldly the things that make for peace  Exodus 1:8–22 Submitted by Rev. Roger Scott Powers The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is… Read more »

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence Psalm 137 Submitted by Rev. Roger Scott Powers By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for… Read more »

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love  Matthew 5:43–48 Submitted by Rev. Roger Scott Powers “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 of your Father in… Read more »