Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8 and Matthew 9:13
Meditative Thought: Does infinity look like justice, mercy and kindness?
Call to worship:
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak
For he will speak peace to his people
Surely his salvation is at hand for all God’s people, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Let us worship the God of Righteousness.
How shall we approach the Lord, with great sacrifice?
The Lord has told you what is good
What does the Lord require?
Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God
Prayer of Confession: Lord we admit that we have trouble with the words justice, mercy and kindness. We confess that it would be easier to just give over some goods or money than to do things. Guide us on the path of righteousness, show us justice, mercy and kindness so that we can do that same, we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness: Fear Not, God promises that Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss. So we know the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Eucharist Prayer: Lord we give thanks that you have given us many ways to experience your love. And when you sent your only son to die on the cross, we were able to witness your mercy. Whenever we taste your bread and cup we can experience your kindness and abundance. When we gather into communion with one another and you we can practice your justice. Creator of all good things, add your spirit to this meal, make it a meal of righteous and holiness, so that we might be nourished to continue your kingdom work today and everyday we pray.
Prayer of Dedication/Closing Prayer: God, you are love, you are mercy, you are justice. Send us into the world with hope for all these things. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
Food for Thought
When I worked at the psych hospital and asked the patients (for their spiritual assessment) if they had hope, some would say, no but I’m hoping for it–hoping for hope.
Live into Hope
I’ve Got Peace Like a River
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Sunday School Ideas: Footprints to follow & talk about walking humbly, trace shadows and talk about being made in God’s image, Take pictures of everyone and fill them in as the body of Christ to do God’s work