The text this week is Matthew 5:43-48, where Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. The worship theme is “God’s Love for Sinners,” which we are to imitate. The visual theme is “Sun Showers” because God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
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John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 3:1–2 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
King of Kings
Preparation for Communion:
Before the Throne of God Above
King of Kings
Scripture for Meditation:
Proverbs 24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
Exodus 23:4–5 “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. 5If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.
Romans 12:14–21 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.