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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baptism


Jesus MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa.
Jesus MAFA from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
-http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48290

Gospel according to Matthew 3.3-17
John the Baptist was baptizing by water in the river Jordan. Jesus came from Galilee and requested that John baptize him. Shocked John claimed that Jesus should be baptizing him. John is persuaded by Jesus's claim to fulfill righteousness. Communities today would do well to include women and children while keeping governments and states afloat. Let us pray, the divide between have and have nots close in the name of righteousness!
Epiphany (January 6, 2014 - March 2, 2014)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thanksgiving for a Good Harvest

23rd Sunday after Pentecost

PSALM 65
Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
2. O you who answer prayer!
To you shall all flesh come
3. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our trangressions.
4. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near,
to live in your courts!
We shall be satsified with the
goodness of your house,
your holy temple!

5. By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation,
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;
6. By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
7. You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of the waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
8 Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by you signs;
you make the gateways of the mornings and the evening shout for joy.


9. You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
for so you have prepared it.
10. You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
11. You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills grid themselves with joy,
13. the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

Oremus.org http://bible.oremus.org/?1=249415902

RESPONSE:
"Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices."
United Methodist Church worship notes revised common lectionary
Revised CommonLectionary Vanderbilt Divinity Library




Thursday, October 3, 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Season after Pentecost Proper 22

First Reading

Lamentation 1.1-6
Psalm 137

How we feel oppressed and endure shame, anger and feel little grace
from God our heavenly father is reaching out. Pray and question how
the person with no sense of righteousness gets ahead and we seem
fall further into the pit.

Second Reading

II Timothy
Also my ancestors were enslaved. Righteousness prevailed and they
were freed.
Slavery would create ripe situations for cowards and little compassion
for those willing to fight a foe that could not be easily defeated.
We need to overcome fear! Sharing your religion is good for your
soul and an indept recognition that we can have compassion
toward each other

Gospel
Luke 17.5-10
The mustard seed carries enough faith that it will move mountains.
Our inheritance from Abraham gives us an idea on how to have and
be faithful to God Almighty. By all means we should do our duty.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Let Tomorrow take Care of Itself

When I was younger I always asked my parents how to meet a deadline!They answered me from two points of reference, the Holy Bible andthe remains of cultural traditions. I find no better story in the
Bible than the section in Matthew chapter 6 verses 25 through 34.Likewise I have located an Ashanti proverb from reasons told to them by both their Mothers. Every thing I needed my parents provided. Along the way I had lessons on being independent and taking care of myself. I felt life was beautiful and pleasant. My allowance could even be extended for special purposes, just by asking. Today, our society would be more civil and tolerant if people took the time to ask along with being courteous to others.

Scripture:
MT verse 26... Fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns... yet your heavenly father feeds them.
Verse 28... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin:
Verse 29... Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Verse 30... if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith...
Verse 31... take no thought what shall we eat? what shall we drink? or shall we be clothed...
Verse 32... your heavenly Father knows that ye have needs of all things...
Verse 33... seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness...
Verse 34... Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself better than they. Sufficient unto the day

Reading daily bible study has shown me yesterday and given me a guide for today. I can make a purple skirt now on my own. I didn't realize that in the beginning.

Ashanti Proverb
No one ties up a wisdom-bag, and takes it and puts it away in a box and comes and stands in the courtyard and says, 'Explain the matter to me.'
What wisdom tells us it that God is responsible for Creation!

Resources:
King James Bible Authorized version on Noom
Ashanti Proverbs