Sunday 6th January 2019 (Epiphany)

gareth-harper-175342-unsplashJustice is at the heart of the message of Jesus; justice for all. This light shines in the message and is good news for all who believe. Faith in Jesus releaseS abundance in our lives, to seek justice, show mercy and serve the poor. Truly virtue grows as we act on our faith, bring hope and become founts of love.

Together, gathered under the rule of God, Jesus, the one who reveals the Father, all life is redeemed, all life is affirmed, and all are provided for. The principalities and powers can only fear and stand in awe at the power of the people of God. Their rule is brought to nothing.

We expect to see wisdom and rich variety as God works among us and the power of faith is released. Each day we are empowered to make the loving choice, see good done to all and wellbeing increase. To some is given the task to speak prophetically to power, to some to teach the way of truth and others to gather, care for and ensure all are provided for. Others will be gifted in reaching out and drawing people in to the community of faith. Together we act justly.

Surely there is overwhelming need around us. Our times are characterised by division, the poor wage war on the rich through terror and ideologies rage against each other. Our voices are lifted up to see justice done as we make it plain that we expect that our rulers will not only ensure all are provided for but act in the knowledge that all life is precious.

As we gather, it should be plain that we are the hands and feet of Christ, bringing the rule of God in our daily choices and using what material possessions we have, to ensure that the charge of oppression and violence is not laid at our door. Precious gifts to present to our king!

Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you…They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son…

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence he redeems their life;

and precious is their blood in his sight.

 

Ephesians 3:1-12

…. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring … the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places…

Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem…When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him…

 

Together we might investigate the work of:

www.lendwithcare.org

and

www.commonchange.uk

Photo by Gareth Harper on Unsplash

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