The second of three summer worship services on the front steps of UniPlace on Wright Street in Champaign. Today in worship we find ourselves in God’s story of liberation and justice as we compare our prayers with those of the psalmist. There is power in a mourner’s lament.
Matthew 18 focuses on the power of honesty in healing broken relationships. Jesus answers our fear of hard conversations with a promise: when two or three of you get together I will be there. Especially when you are trying to discuss the tough stuff.
We continue in a series of stories from the center of Matthew’s gospel. Today Jesus has a spirited conversation with a Canaanite woman who seeks healing for her daughter. The daughter is tormented by what troubles her and this mother will not go quietly when Jesus and the disciples at first ignore her plea.
Worship at the farm included words from Jesus about the hiddenness of things in this world as we read parables of seeds, yeast, salt, fish nets, treasures … so many reminders that we need to LOOK for the realm of God.