LESSON: Jeremiah 18:1-11
MESSAGE: “The Labor of the Potter”
This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, which came out of the struggles of American workers in the late 1800’s, who were often working seven day work weeks and long hours in dangerous conditions. It highlights our need as people for sabbath rest and time with our loved ones. It’s also important to remember that when society breaks away from our moral center, it’s up to us to raise a voice of change.
In this Sunday’s scripture passage we’ll look at the prophet Isaiah as he compares the current culture with the work of a potter that is being shaped and reshaped by God. Jeremiah warns that if the people don’t start to follow God in justice that the clay on the wheel will be crushed and reshaped into something else. This isn’t a pretty image of God’s work with people. It’s a vision that comes out a deep anger that Jeremiah is holding as he witnesses people in power acting out of greed and malice that hurts those who are most at risk in society. We’ll look at what this text means for us. What do we do with our anger when we see and feel injustice at work? Where is God when it feels like our culture has spun out of control? What is the labor that we are called to?
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Sutton Common” Warren
Meditation: “Now” Schalk
Postlude: “In dir ist Freude” Gastoldi
9 o’clock Singers
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am – 9:45am beginning on our Welcome Back Sunday. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of the worship service. This is a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday.
Next Choral Preview night
Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. Please join us!
Drop in any Sunday Looking forward to a new season, and singing beautiful music together throughout this year!
-Allen LeVines, Director of Music