Leaning Into Shalom

 

Sermon Title: Shalom: Transforming our Response to God

Scriptures: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99; Matt. 17:1-9

 

Memory Verse: “But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up” He said, “Don’t be afraid” (Matt. 17:7)

 

Sermon Intro: In each of these texts the Love of God shines through human fear. Getting our attention seems to require God being present as a force more incredibly powerful than the systemic power of oppression wielded by human beings over one another. Somehow fear motivates us into movement. We choose to open to the Love of God that transforms, holds and heals, or we capitulate with violence in order to save ourselves.

 

Questions to Consider: What is your current experience, awareness of fear? What are the possible options for responding to the fear you carry? Which will you choose this day?

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, stand each one of us UP! Firmly in your loving embrace, transform us into your ambassadors of lovingkindness. Let us not be afraid to approach those without homes and extend the gift of dignity. Let us not be afraid to reach out to people in our neighborhood, in our congregation suffering fear of persecution. Let us not be afraid to pray BOLD prayers for your intervention in our neighborhood and world. Please Oh God do what you are able to! Expand Shalom, wholeness in all Creation, including humanity. In your name Lord we pray! Amen, amen.