Worship Order for
Praise the One who hears the cry of the
who lifts up the weak and gives them strength.
Praise the One who feeds the hungry
and satisfies the longing of those in need.
Praise the One who holds with tenderness the orphan and widow
and gives the stranger a land and a home.
adapted from More Than Words,
by Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet Schaffran, C.D.P.
First edition copyright © 1986 Pat Kozak, C.S.J., and Janet
second revised edition copyright © 1988. Crossroad/Continuum
Also adapted from New Revised Standard Version
from the scroll”
Do you see anyone out in the congregation this morning who was
you’re your Sunday School teacher this year? Who? Wave to them
and say, “Thank you.” Do you know what makes a Sunday School
teacher happy? I’m sure hugs and presents and a “thank you”
help. I think, however, that what makes them the happiest is
when they see you growing in Jesus. We are taking a summer break
from Sunday School, but that doesn’t mean you stop growing.
When Jesus was a boy, he had teachers. Did you know that the
word, “Rabbi,” means “teacher”? When Jesus was growing up, he
had a teacher, a rabbi who helped him learn how to read the
Bible. Now the Bible back then didn’t look like this (hold up a
Bible bound as a book), it looked more like this (hold up a
scroll). The Bible in Jesus’ day was actually a collection of
“scrolls” sort of like this (hold up the scroll again).
When he was a boy, Jesus, studied along with other boys, to
learn from a rabbi, a teacher how to read words in the scrolls.
Later on, as men knowing how to read the words, they would talk
about what the words meant. Notice I said boys and men.
Unfortunately, back then girls and women weren’t allowed to do
this. Do you think that was fair? I don’t either. I’m glad
that’s not how it is today.
Anyway, the goal of learning how to read from the scroll was to
get ready for a Bar Mitzvah when, at age 13, a boy would stand
up before the congregation and read out loud from the Bible. I
think that that day made the rabbi, the teacher very happy. Here
was a student doing as he had been taught, and growing up to be
a man of God, literally a son (bar) of the commandments of God
Even today, Jewish boys stand up and read publicly from the
scroll when they turn 13, at their Bar Mitzvah. And Jewish girls
do the same thing when they turn 12 at the Bat (daughter)
Mitzvah. Not only are their parents very proud, but so are their
teachers. I can imagine Jesus going through his Bar Mitzvah when
he was 13, and making his teacher happy as he read from the
Many years later, when he had grown up and left his hometown, he
returned for a visit. They asked him to again read from the
Bible in front of the congregation. He had become a wise
teacher, a rabbi, himself, and was traveling throughout Galilee
telling about God and healing people. I can imagine that if his
rabbi, who had spent time teaching him as a boy, was there that
day, he was probably very happy to see his student reading from
Now, in the gospel of Luke it says that Jesus read from the
scroll of the prophet Isaiah. This morning, I’d like us to read
what he read. I know that some of you can’t read yet, but that
okay. I’d like you to simply stand on a stepstool and imagine
for a moment what it’s like. We’ll take turns. Okay? Let’s do
Thank you. You all did an excellent job. I think you just made
your Sunday School teachers very happy! Now, quietly return to
our Tithes and Offerings
Boy, were those
people mad! They were so angry that they intended to throw Jesus
off a cliff. Were you listening? Have you ever been that upset?
One minute, Jesus was a favorite son. The next he was a pariah.
All because he implied that with God, charity doesn’t
always begin at home. The prophets Elijah and Elisha, he said,
cared for outsiders – a widow in a foreign country, a general in
an enemy army. The words of the prophet Isaiah applied to a much
bigger world than anyone dared to imagine.
Now, before you
get mad at those people from Jesus’ hometown who attempted to
kill him, consider this: anger is not necessarily a bad thing.
It is what we do with anger that matters. Strong
emotion can motivate us to make a change. Perhaps that is what
Jesus was after. Maybe, just maybe, charity did
begin at home in this case, and truth spoken in love changed
lives… Please pray with me.
We realize, O Lord,
that prophets are not always well received in their own
hometown. We pray for the grace of listening to the prophets you
still raise up in our midst, perhaps one of our own children.
Help charity to, indeed, begin at home as you unsettle our
settled-ness and stir us to “do justice and love mercy,”
as another of your prophets once nudged
6:8). Guide our application of these offerings to
your work, near and far. In Jesus. Amen.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Brothers and sisters,
the Spirit of the Lord is upon you,
because you have been anointed in Christ
to bring good news to the poor.
You are being sent in Christ
to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind.
As one whose eyes are daily being opened, as well,
live in the liberty of God,
seeking to let the oppressed go free.
And in your daily work and walk
simply proclaim the jubilee of the Lord -
“thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen.
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