Weekly Reflection Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lectionary (Year A):  Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 or 15:10-28

Theme: Pure Grace

Message:  “Merciful to All”

Comparing Biblical Israel to the church this Romans 11:32 passage could be interpreted to indicate that mission activity abroad and in communities may lead to the revival of the church within.

Quote(s): “Resistance at home sent the good news abroad: its success abroad will break down resistance at home.  In the long run the scope of God’s mercy becomes as wide as the world, which is precisely what God intended all the time.” (T.W. Manson)

“It is only the disobedient who can know the mercy of God…God has brought men (humankind) into a position which merits nothing but His wrath in order that His relations with them may be marked by nothing but mercy…God has predestinated all men (humankind) to wrath and he has predestined all men (humankind) to mercy. (C.K. Barrett)

“Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.  Mercy is not getting what you do deserve.” Anonymous

Film, other visual aids:

“Amelie” (2001)

“Chocolat” (2000)

“Tender Mercies” (1983)

Music: “Amazing Grace,” “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” “There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy,” “In Christ There Is No East and West”

Opening Prayer

God, our Father, Creator and Redeemer of those within and without the church, help us to see the world as you see it, love the world as you love it, and practice the mercy and grace you practice toward it every day in every way and everywhere, through the Spirit of Him who came not to condemn the world, but to save it.  Amen

Benediction: Grace, Mercy and Peace be unto you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ”



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