a Path to Peace – October 8

October 8, 2017                                                                         Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Personal Prayer:

I will sing, sing a new song.

This week’s Prayer for Peace:

Creator, through heartache and pain, through disappointment and loss, through tragedy and sickness, we never lose hope. There’s always a tiny puppy trying to keep up with his human, or a five year old girl telling the most amazing stories, or a teenager who reminds us what it’s like to have the whole world ahead of us. And there is always music. Music to make our heart race and our imaginations soar, music to comfort and soothe, and music to sing at the top of our lungs in the car. We rejoice in it all. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:

Philippians 4:4-8 – Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about it.

Isaiah 5:1-7 – My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.

Psalm 80:7-15 – You cleared a space where the vive could grow.

Matthew 21:33-46 – There was a property owner that planted a vineyard.

Moment for Peace:

The music of U2 has always had a strong spiritual component. The music itself with its arena ready sound, the Edge’s ringing guitars, pounding drums and soaring vocals brings goose bumps and an open heart to listeners. And the lyrics deal with love and peace and justice and often hide bible verses in plain sight. From Boy to the upcoming Songs of Experience, rumored to be released on December 1, World AIDS Day, their fourteen studio albums challenge, comfort and inspire.