February 14, 2016: Changed for Good

Posted on : Feb 11th, 2016 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Due to the LA Marathon, worship will be at 5:00 pm this week!

There will be NO worship at 11am, as it will be impossible to get to the church building!

We all carry the burden of violence.

We remember wrongs done us from long ago.

We believe that only weapons will keep us safe from potential enemies.

Jesus knew the violence of our hearts.

He knew our liking for grudges, the temptation of bitterness.

Jesus counseled a different way:

He knew that violence brings about more violence,

that we must resist the temptation to outdo our adversaries,

that fighting will not lead to peace.

Judas, one of the twelve, appeared with a crowd armed with swords…they came up, seized hold of Jesus, and held him.

Suddenly one of Jesus’ disciples drew his sword, slashed at the High Priest’s servant and cut off the servant’s ear.

At this Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its proper place. All those

who take the sword die by the sword.”

Fear and anger are natural human responses. But they lead so easily to hatred and violence.

It is not the fear and anger that are wrong, but the way we choose to respond to them.

God, there is so much violence in our lives, our city and our world.

Help us all to honor our fear and anger,

And to know our choices of responses.

Let us remember that Jesus, too, experienced fear and anger, and chose not to be violent.

Adapted from “Touch Holiness” by Ruth Duck and Maren Tirabassi

Lenten Blessings to you,

Dan

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Matthew 26: 47-52

As Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane,

someone cut off the ear of the centurion’s slave.

While Jesus 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 sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’ At once he came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’

Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

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