Worship planners are already working on the sermon for September 4th. Of course, this is Labor Day weekend so it marks the last holiday weekend of the summer....and numbers will be drastically down (they warn!) At worship planning, we were reminded that traditionally this is a Sunday to consider work/vocation, and our God-given responsibilities. I shall need to keep this in mind.
The next two beatitudes take us to issues of personality and desire:
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
Though many Scripture passages are relevant I shall particularly focus on Matthew 11:28-30, Rom. 3: 21-26 and John 4:10-15. At present my sermon main impact is:
By the grace of God thise sermon will SAY - Christian living means Christ-like personalities - gentleness with the strength of steel - and deep desire for justification.
The sermon will DO - challenge hearers about their personality and motivation today.
I have still much to do for this coming Sunday, but am grateful for those already working for the following week. Any insights, personal stories relating to these next two beatitudes will be gratefully received!