Today’s Passage: Luke 6:17-26
Opening Prayer: Father God, many of us forget how truly blessed we are and have been. Help us to see our many blessings. But even more than that, help us to see how we might “pay it forward” to some of those who find themselves in need. The needs are many and varied. Some may need a shoulder to cry on, while others may need food on the table. Some may need someone to stand by them when unpleasant or frightening information needs to be shared with them, while others may need some oil in the oil tank to keep their home warm on a cold winter’s night. May we appreciate all we have and may we find a way to help someone who is in need. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Rend Collective – Counting Every Blessing | Official Music Video
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “Turned Upside Down” by Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia.
We’ve heard the Beatitudes often. We are familiar with these words of Jesus from Luke 6:17-26. Father Michael Renninger says, “Despite our best efforts to sugar coat and tame these Beatitudes, they still have the power to turn our world upside-down if we dare to listen to them and dare to live them.” Renninger tells of an emergency room doctor who visited Haiti to help with recovery after the earthquake. This man delivered premature twins in a muddy tent, twins who did not survive. The surgeon told Renninger how this experience caused him to reevaluate his priorities. What will it take to make you reexamine yours? How might God want to turn your world upside-down?
Closing Prayer: What is it that is important to you? Is there anything about your priorities that should change? Lord God, may we make knowing You and choosing to follow You our top priority. Remind us that when we put knowing You and being like You first in our lives that other things seem to fall into place and we find true joy and a purpose in living. May we be humbled by all that You do for us. May we hear Your voice above all the noise of this world. May we act in a way that brings You glory and honor. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Closing Song: Lauren Daigle – First (Lyric Video)
Epilogue: Our God is awesome! May He work out His plan for you in your life! Amen.
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