November 26, 2017 Worship

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Matthew 25:31-46 World English Bible (WEB)
Jesus said,
“But when the Human One comes in their glory, and all the holy angels with them, then they will sit on the throne of glory. Before them all the nations will be gathered, and they will be separated one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. They will set the sheep on their right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the Sovereign will tell those on their right hand, ‘Come, blessed of God, inherit the Realm prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’

“Then the righteous will answer the Human One, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’

“The Sovereign will answer, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’ Then they will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and their angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

“Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’

“Then the Human One will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

2017-11-21-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

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Creator God,

As we hear, see, feel, and perceive you, help us to emulate your grace. Show us that ability transcends the five senses and all human talents and abilities. Remind us of the words of Jesus that say, “Whatever you do for another person, you do it for me.” Guide us as we plan our services, meetings and events-to plan as if we are expecting your children
who are deaf,
who are blind,
who have an intellectual disability
or a mobility impairment or
who have a food or environmental intolerance.
Show us that, with planning and forethought, we can be more accessible and inclusive as a Church and Social Movement.
Encourage us to seek out people in our communities and organizations who serve people with disabilities, who can answer questions and provide training for us as we travel the long and ever-widening road toward full access and inclusion for all of God’s people.
Give our leaders and educators, who offer training and guidance, a creative mind and a heart of grace. Help us to be intentional as we work together to be accessible and inclusive.
When we don’t get it right, bring us together in peace and forgiveness to learn from our mistakes, so we can be ready for the next opportunity to be even more accessible and inclusive to all of God’s people, and, as you invite all of us to your table, everyone can truly “come taste and see,” or “come accept and receive” the goodness of God’s inclusive love for all people.

Amen.

prayer submitted by

JIM EAST
LAY DELEGATE OF TRINITY MCC
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Officer of the UFMCC Disability Access and Inclusion Team Working Group
General Conference Team Planner and LEAD 10 Cohort

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