God expected that when His children looked at all of the wonderful amazing things He had so freely done for them that they would respond to His grace in loving thankful obedience. God expected His people to hear and obey His voice. God expected His people to let His holy revealed Word guide and direct their sanctified lives. God expected His people to guard and protect the covenant He was about to establish with them. Why did God need to make it so very clear that He expected His people to listen to His voice and obey the Laws that He was giving to them?
Because God knew! God knew that His children were inclined to wander away from Him so His laws were designed to keep them close to Him. God knew that He had an eternally important mission for His people to carry out here on this earth. Now look at the closing verses of our text. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Not at all! And what did God do for you?
He set you free from your slavery to sin! He died to pay the penalty for your sins!
Think about what this means for you and for your everyday life! When you are feeling alone or unwanted the God of heaven comes to you in His holy Word and His holy Sacrament to guarantee to you that you are His Treasured Possession. Second, what does the Lord your God now expect from you? See Matthew To God be the glory!
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Jesus the Anointed who died, but more importantly, conquered death when He was raised to sit at the right hand of God where He pleads on our behalf. So who can separate us? Can troubles, hardships, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or even death? The answer is, absolutely nothing. But no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us. For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 31, , Leader invites people to reflect on the symbol at the centre of the space — the bowl and jug of water with blue cloths flowing toward the people which will become our well of tears shed over the pain our sisters and brothers have suffered through hurtful and damaging words and actions made by christians against LGBTIQ people, their families and friends.
Water is slowly poured into the bowl making sure it is heard as the water is poured to represent our tears flowing. In the centre of our gathering, we symbolically have the tears of pain and the flowing blue cloth of sadness. As we feel the pain of the our community grief and hope that our tears will be part of the healing, let us come forward and touch the tears of grieving and lament in any way you wish.
Dufford sj St. Louis Jesuits ]. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. The church is holy but we are sinners.
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Christians must say sorry for not having accompanied them, for not having accompanied many choices, many families. During this time the candles are relit as we hope the light will shine again after our time of awareness raising and lament. In the name of the community of faith that has often stood by while violent language has fuelled homophobia, exclusion and disrespect. In the name of those who fail to stand alongside sisters and brothers who are vilified and attacked, abused and afraid. To those who have suffered from rejection and marginalisation based on their sexual orientation, race, gender or socio-economic status.
To those silenced by catechisms and religious texts wielded as weapons and who have felt the pain of religious homophobia and xenophobia. To those who carry marks on their bodies or spirits born of isolation, prejudice, victimisation, violence, ignorance or religious zealotry.
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Before our shoeprints trod, their footsteps were. Before our buildings rose, their handprints were.
Before our violence and sorrows, their hearts loved and broke in this place. We do not believe that they deserve it and we ask ourselves, like Job, what you are doing to us?
We shout our own pain into the universe, where we know it is joined with countless people down the ages. Hear us, O God. John We Grieve Read by candle holders who extinguish their candle after reading their statement of grieving and place extinguished candles on table or altar 1 When people choose violence, and violate each other, diminishing the dream for the community of human life, the light of God is hidden. Extinguish Candle 1 2 We grieve all violence, O God, the violence in which we participate between the powerful and the defenceless, the rich and the poor, between men and women, adults and children.
Extinguish Candle 2 3 We grieve the violence of religious hate, in parts of all religions and any religions and between people who hate others simply because they are different. Extinguish Candle 3 4 We grieve the violence between people of political difference and those whose only interest is their own power. Extinguish Candle 4 5 We grieve the violence in humankind which produces terrible weapons of destruction. Extinguish Candle 6 7 As we come before you, we are aware that we too participate in violence.
When we have remained silent in the face of hate directed at someone else and left in despair those who suffer devastation, and when we have turned our eyes away from violence close at hand: Extinguish Candle 7 8 Forgive us, O God, for we long to love our neighbours as ourselves and build communities of kindness and trust. Reading B: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem.