REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
May 30, 2021
Peace and Justice Sunday
Invocation: Good morning and welcome!
God of majesty and power, how awesome you are to us! The mountains tremble, the seas roar at the sound of your name! Yet you have chosen to come to us in love and tenderness. You have called us to be people who will act in ways of peace and justice in your world. Open our hearts and our spirits, Lord, to hear your word, and having heard, to act in ministries of hope and peace for all your earth. These things we pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
Call to Worship!
L: Though many places in the world are bound in war.
P: The peace of God is poured out for all people.
L: Though discord and struggle have become factors in the lives of the people.
P: The love of God is lavished on all people.
L: Let us praise the God of love and peace.
P: Let us listen for God’s words of peace and justice for all people. AMEN.
Words of Welcome and Parish News:
Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer
Prayer Focus: Justice
The Lord’s Prayer
Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The New Testament Gospel Lessons:
Luke 13: 10-17
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” 13 When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” 17 When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
3Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is Spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 14: 26-27
26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
The Message “The Trinity” Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.
What do you think about when you hear “The Trinity”? What about “God in Three Persons”?
Today we celebrate this is Trinity Sunday. The Trinity is an anchor into our Christian faith. God is triune. The Trinity represents the economy of God visible as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The difficulty in expressing the nature of the Trinity lies in separating the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
But, what happens when someone questions you like a Jeopardy category: “what is God in Three Persons”? Then people will ask, “What are you learning? How long have you been going to church, and you don’t know what the Trinity means? Where do we start? Maybe you should think about your interaction with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we read and reread what scholars say and believe we should think and feel what they say. You can open up the hymnal or listen to Gospel music and hear a large variety of interpretations.
Here’s one suggestion: Genesis 1:1 – 2:4 1In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. The (NKJV) And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Some people think the Spirit didn’t show up until the New Testament. Then there’s John 3:16-16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Let’s look at the Trinity. There’s no hierarchal status, such as God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. God is omnipresent, which means God is everywhere, omnipotent: God can do all things, and omniscience: God knows all.
Jesus John 1:14 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
The Holy Spirit: I Corinthians 2:10-11 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own Spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
The Spirit navigates our souls into a space of faith and hope. In the text stated above our capacity to grasp and discern some things is limited. But, the Spirit makes the path inward to bridge the gaps when understanding conflicts with rational thought processes. The Spirit is our Advocate to sustain our passion when we feel the absence of the Father and Son in our lives. This Advocate continues to nurture our relationship during the journey of our existence.
Now today Peace with Justice Sunday! Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Generally, United Methodists celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday on the First Sunday after Pentecost.
The Good News for today is Jesus is our example for peace and justice. The words “Peace be with you” and “Peace I leave you” are reminders in our daily lives, we face challenges. But, we don’t meet them alone. As for justice, many actions Jesus did were acts of justice. The Luke text shows justice in action to the woman who had been crippled for eighteen years. Jesus changes the situation. Additionally, he questions the people of the treatment of a donkey in comparison to the woman. Finally, we must view the interaction of the Trinity flowing in our presence on our behalf. Static equality exists in the Trinity in, by, through the dynamics of fluidity.
The Trinity gives us love, guidance, and peace!
Holy God, above us, among us, within us: we rejoice this day that while you might have chosen to be unknown to us, you have revealed yourself in many ways. Each encounter with you calls us to return blessings with worship, compassion, and service.
Doxology: UMH 95
*Unison Prayer of Dedication:
So, when we give this day, we do so in gratitude for all your parental care for us through your creation. When we give this day, we give because, in love, you gave us Christ, that through him we might find eternal life. When we give this day, your Spirit leads your church to reach out in compassion, mercy, and grace to all your children everywhere. In gratitude, we celebrate you, three and yet one. Amen.
Just as God’s Word was sent into the world
to heal and redeem,
so God sends you into the world this day
to be light and love, healing and hope.
Go now to be light for the world!
And may the grace and peace of God the Creator,
the Redeemer, and the Sustainer
come upon you this day
and remain with you always. Amen.
Recessional (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)