01.17.16 Worship Confessional

syria-prayer-heroYesterday in worship, we brought together of our love of God and love of neighbor as we partnered with World Vision to build Promise Packs that will bring real help and hope to Syrian children living in refugee camps. This is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The crisis in Syria affects more than 12 million people – more than those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined. Half of Syria’s population have fled their homes and are living in camps with little more than the clothes on their backs. Millions are displaced and about 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict – half of them children.

In our worship space, we had two assembly lines where people built the Promise Packs – each one  containing basic school supplies, hygiene items, a warm blanket and a note of encouragement. All of this occurred as we sang songs of praise, offered our prayers and listened to the proclaimed Word of God – worship and service offered to God and others in the name of Jesus!

All of this occurred as we continued our celebration of the Epiphany and the appearing of John the Baptist unto the stage of salvation history. John’s message was clear and to the point:

  • “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
  • “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”

What a joy to see our community of faith living into this message in word and deed!

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