Sermon: "God of the Powerless" by Randy Roberts
Prayer: Shirley Ponder
Pastoral Welcome: Darold Retzer
Children’s Feature: Genevieve Koh Isidro
If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and dissolute night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let us not forget that violence does not exist by itself and cannot do so; it is necessarily interwoven with lies. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose falsehood as his principle. – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:1–5, TNIV - Byron, Shani, and Matt Diehl
Today we partner with the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
on a program entitled, End It Now. Our desire is to increase awareness about
and help in the prevention of abuse of all kinds. As you are no doubt aware,
abuse devastates lives and perpetuates itself, as is noted in the simple adage, hurt people hurt people. Therefore, if we can intervene so as to diminish
its presence in one generation, it is much less likely to be present in the next
As we come to worship, our interest is in asking—and in seeking an answer
to—the question, What would Jesus have to say about abuse? Without doubt,
he would have feelings on the matter.
We turn today to a passage in which he makes a statement the essence of
which deals a deathblow to abusive, invasive and violent approaches toward
those who are weaker than we are—or who are just plain defenseless. It is my
prayer that as we deal with this most important issue, the Spirit of Jesus would
May the God of all peace bless you.