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Season of Peace

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence    Matthew 26:47–56 Submitted by Rev. Roger Scott Powers While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a… Read more »

Monday, September 11, 2017

Peacemaking is essential to our faith  2 Corinthians 5:16–21 Submitted by Rev. Roger Scott Powers From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 9–10, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence  Romans 13:8–14 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and… Read more »

Saturday and Sunday, September 9–10, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence  Romans 13:8–14 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and… Read more »

Friday, September 8, 2017

We will practice boldly the things that make for peace  Micah 4:3–7 Submitted by Rev. Terra Winston He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they… Read more »

Thursday, September 7, 2017

We commit to the study and practice of nonviolence   1 Peter 3:8–15 Submitted by Rev. Terra Winston Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Reflection: Peter’s interpretation of the call to action in Isaiah gets to the heart of the challenge… Read more »

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We reclaim the power of nonviolent love   Romans 14:17–19 Submitted by Rev. Terra Winston The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make… Read more »

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We have sinned by participating in acts of violence   Luke 6:46–49 Submitted by Rev. Terra Winston As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the… Read more »

Monday, September 4, 2017

Peacemaking is essential to our faith   Matthew 22:35–40 Submitted by Rev. Terra Winston And one of them, a doctor of the Law, putting him to the test, asked him, “Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus said to him, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and… Read more »

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Peacemaking is essential to our faith   Romans 12:18 Submitted by Rev. Jessica Hawkinson If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Reflection: Welcome to the 2017 Season of Peace. In this season, you’re invited to walk with five peacemakers through five affirmations that are central to the… Read more »