Jesus Advocates for the Vulnerable
Call to Worship
L: What do you bring before the Lord this day?
P: We bring our hopes and our dreams to the Lord.
L: What do you seek?
P: We seek peace for our weary souls.
L: You will find it in this place, for this is the house of the Lord.
P: Open our hearts and our spirits, O Lord, to hear your words of comfort and peace. Amen.
As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”