Archive for October 26th, 2009

What can a vibrant health ministry look like?

Rev. Dr. Ken Robinson of St. Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee was recently interviewed by in an article titled Soulful Messengers about his congregation’s health ministry activities. Every congregation reading this article can find something that inspires them to try something new.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 – Revelation 21:1-2

There are two sets of scriptures for this coming Sunday. The lectionary selections for this week include: Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14 and Mark 12:28-34. Alternate passages include Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Psalm 119:1-8. For churches observing Sunday as All Saints Day the scriptures include: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a and John 11:32-44.

From Revelation 21:1-2 – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I first read this passage nearly 25 years ago, and it has been a personal favorite ever since. I feel that part of our responsibility as people of faith is to help usher in this new Jerusalem by caring for one another in radical ways.


Gracious God, help us help one another in ways that bring glory to you. AMEN.

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