Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Amos 5:23-24
To paraphrase, God says, “And don’t think you can talk me around by your enthusiastic worship and numerous sacrifices. I hate them and won’t listen to your noisy songs (21-23). What I want is not Temple worship but justice and righteousness in your everyday life” (24). It is as if God said to us, “Close down your Sunday services and get out into the community and fight for justice and righteousness.” Excerpt from Scripture Union
Homeless Man Wins Lottery
Yesterday, several members of our congregation did something that was not familiar to the traditional thinking that you need to be in “church” to do church.
Our pastor presented an opportunity for members of our congregation to step outside of our comfort zone and do what we are called to do.
“Go out into the world…”
And believe it or not going into the city of Philadelphia and having worship service with a ministry that serves the homeless was an insightful experience that will not be soon forgotten.
Those members of our covenant community who chose to put their fear from the unknown and to trust God and put aside one’s preconceived opinion about what they thought homeless men and women would look and act like were surprised that being homeless always has a back story.
I found it a privilege to work in the kitchen helping with the food service and then meeting with the homeless women who received clothing and accessories prior to going to our Sunday worship service.
Allow me to say that the time-serving the homeless was not that we were being a blessing but they actually blessed all of us.
Hearing the testimony of one of the deacons who used to be homeless and now, serving in a capacity to be able to be a blessing to another, speaks volumes about the power of God’s grace to all of us.
Yesterday, I can really tell you that we were touched by the homeless.
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