September 17, 2017

Chancel Choir: “Requiem” Eliza Gilkyson, arr. by Craig Hella Johnson (Dedicated to the victims of natural disasters).

Rudy Wiebe
Jesus says in his society there is a new way for [people] to live:

You show wisdom, by trusting people;
You handle leadership, by serving;
You handle offenders, by forgiving;
You handle money, by sharing;
You handle enemies, by loving;
And you handle violence, by suffering.

In fact you have a new attitude toward everything, toward everybody toward nature, toward the state in which you happen to live, toward women, toward slaves, toward all and every single thing.

Because this is a Jesus society and you repent, not by feeling bad, but by thinking different.

Red Letter Parables and Aphorisms of Jesus (according to the Jesus Seminar)

But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. (Matthew 5:39)

If someone sues you for your shirt, give up your coat as well. (Matthew 5:40)

Jesus looked at his disciples and said:
God will bless you people
who are poor.
    His kingdom belongs to you! (Luke 6:20)

If a soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. (Matthew 5:41)

This is what I say to all who will listen to me:
Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. (Luke 6:27b)

Then Jesus said, “What can I compare God’s kingdom with? It is like what happens when a woman mixes yeast into three batches of flour. Finally, all the dough rises.” (Luke 13: 20-21)

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, give to God what is God’s. (Thomas 100:2b)

When people ask you for something, give it to them. (Matthew 5:42a)

As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead.

A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side.

A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” (Luke 10:30-35)

God will bless
    you hungry people.
You will have plenty
    to eat! (Luke 6:21a)

God will bless you people
who are crying.
    You will laugh! (Luke 6:21b)

Jesus said to his disciples:
A rich man once had a manager to take care of his business. But he was told that his manager was wasting money. So the rich man called him in and said, “What is this I hear about you? Tell me what you have done! You are no longer going to work for me.”

The manager said to himself, “What shall I do now that my master is going to fire me? I can’t dig ditches, and I’m ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I’ll do, so that people will welcome me into their homes after I’ve lost my job.”

Then one by one he called in the people who were in debt to his master. He asked the first one, “How much do you owe my master?”

“A hundred barrels of olive oil,” the man answered. So the manager said, “Take your bill and sit down and quickly write ‘fifty’.”

The manager asked someone else who was in debt to his master, “How much do you owe?”

“A thousand bushels of wheat,” the man replied.

The manager said, “Take your bill and write ‘eight hundred’.”

The master praised his dishonest manager for looking out for himself so well. (Luke 16:1-8a)

As Jesus was telling what the kingdom of heaven would be like, he said:
Early one morning a man went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. After he had agreed to pay them the usual amount for a day’s work, he sent them off to his vineyard.

About nine that morning, the man saw some other people standing in the market with nothing to do. He said he would pay them what was fair, if they would work in his vineyard. So they went.

At noon and again about three in the afternoon he returned to the market. And each time he made the same agreement with others who were loafing around with nothing to do.

Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?”

“Because no one has hired us,” they answered. Then he told them to go work in his vineyard. That evening the owner of the vineyard told the man in charge of the workers to call them in and give them their money. He also told the man to begin with the ones who were hired last. 9 When the workers arrived, the ones who had been hired at five in the afternoon were given a full day’s pay.

The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard. They said, “The ones who were hired last worked for only one hour. But you paid them the same that you did us. And we worked in the hot sun all day long!”

The owner answered one of them, “Friend, I didn’t cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on. 14 Take your money now and go! What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?” (Matthew 20:1-15)

So Jesus told them, “Pray in this way:
‘Father, help us
    to honor your name.
Come and set up
    your kingdom. (Luke 11:2b)

The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what Heaven’s kingdom is like.”
He said to them, It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky. (Thomas 20)