Good morning and welcome! This week’s message is part four of our beatitudes series, and Pastor John is preaching on Matthew 5:6 “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (NRSV). Righteousness is one of those words that tends to lose its impact after the 40th, 50th, or 100th time reading it in scripture. Most of us know what it means, technically speaking, but the whole sense of the word gets lost and muddled over time. Today, John is trying to reframe how we thing about righteousness, explain why it is a thing we should be hungering for, and talk more about this promise of satisfaction. As we worship today, let us turn our hearts and our minds towards the God who is making things right; the only one who can.
Nothing But the Blood – Norton Hall Band / Robert Lowry
In Labor All Creation Groans – Bifrost Arts
“Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey! What will you do on the day of punishment,
in the calamity that will come from far away? To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth, so as not to crouch among the prisoners or fall among the slain? For all this his anger has not turned away; his hand is stretched out still” (Isaiah 10:1-4, NRSV)
Zion – Kings Kaleidoscope
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:1-9, NRSV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on our YouTube channel, our website, and now as a podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and a few other platforms too! If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, don’t forget that all of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that on our website. Thanks, and God bless!