6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Opening Hymn: All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
1. All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wand’ring. Here in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal, taste and see that God is good.
2. All who hunger, never strangers, seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming. Here in joy we keep the feast.
We that once were lost and scattered, in communion’s love have stood. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.
3. All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread.
Come from loneliness and longing. Here in peace, we have been led.
Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good!
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:17-26
Jesus came down from the mountain with them and stood on a large area of level ground. A great company of his disciples and a huge crowd of people from all around Judea and Jerusalem and the area around Tyre and Sidon joined him there. They came to hear him and to be healed from their diseases, and those bothered by unclean spirits were healed. The whole crowd wanted to touch him, because power was going out from him and he was healing everyone.
Jesus raised his eyes to his disciples and said:
“Happy are you who are poor, because God’s kingdom is yours.
Happy are you who hunger now, because you will be satisfied.
Happy are you who weep now, because you will laugh.
Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and condemn your name as evil because of the Human One. Rejoice when that happens! Leap for joy because you have a great reward in heaven. Their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.
But how terrible for you who are rich, because you have already received your comfort.
How terrible for you who have plenty now, because you will be hungry.
How terrible for you who laugh now, because you will mourn and weep.
How terrible for you when all speak well of you.
Their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.
Sermon: The Rev. Chris Moore
Fellowship United Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Closing Anthem: “Come to Jesus”
This is our church.
We make it what it is.
Others will feel welcome
if I am welcoming.
It will do great work
if I work.
It will exemplify a life of abundant generosity
If I give generously of my time, talents, and treasure.
It will be a rallying place for social justice and peace
If I advocate for marginalized communities and practice peace in every setting of my life.
Now we go out to participate in the reconciling ministry of Jesus as an inclusive, justice-seeking community,
And I dedicate myself to being who I want our church to be. Amen.