Justice

Stained Glass Window
Let justice roll down like water.

I had a hard time finding music for this Sunday’s worship service that would help us focus on justice and righteousness. I have no problem finding music that sings to the power, majesty, and especially the salvation of our Lord. I readily find music that evokes humility for human failure and desire to turn to God’s path of righteousness. But when I looked for songs that would inspire worshipers to go out into the world and bring good news, not merely with words, but with actions, I fell short.

Amos may have had a similar reaction to worship in his time (~750 BC) when he prophesied about God’s telling ancient Israel:

Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

I will have more to say about justice and Amos 5:14-15, 21-24 at 8:15 AM and 10 AM on Sunday, January 21st at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

A Tip for Parents

Luke 4:18-19 might be considered as Jesus’ mission statement, a brief statement of what he intended to do during his earthly ministry.

“The Lord’s Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers, and to say, ‘This is the year the Lord has chosen.’”

Children can help us do more than merely announce good news because they think in physical terms. What would be good news to a prisoner? to a poor person? to someone who cannot see? What might your child consider as good news?

Robert Shaw
Pastor