Shalom: The Gift of Peace Week Three

Shalom: The Gift of Peace Week Three

sunday february 27 2022
Shalom: The Gift of PeacE
Psalm 46
Rev Jessica Wright
Scripture

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 
PSALM 46 NRSV

call to worship

We come to worship,
placing our trust in God and seeking God’s way.
By God’s mercy we are gathered together,
sustained through trials and encouraged despite terror.
God is our refuge and strength
God alone can still our hearts, turning all of creation toward peace.

THE WORLD METHODIST SOCIAL AFFIRMATION Creed

We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people;
and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us, who died and rose again;
and in the Holy Spirit, present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.
We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom:
in the upholding of human dignity and community;
in every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation;
in each act of self-giving on behalf of others;
in the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough;
in all responsible use of the earth’s resources.
We commit ourselves individually and as a community to the way of Christ.
to take up the cross; to seek abundant life for all humanity;
to struggle for peace with justice and freedom;
to risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,
praying that God’s kingdom may come.