Blessed to Be a Blessing

February 2, 2020
Passage: Matthew 5:1-11

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 15)

L: O Lord, who may abide in your tent?

P: Those who live free of blame and do what is right.

L: O Lord, who may dwell on your holy mountain?

P: Those who speak the truth from their heart.

L: O Lord, who may abide in your tent?

P: Those who do no damage with their talk.

All: O Lord, help us to honor you and not stumble. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we come this morning to dwell in your presence. Open our minds to your Spirit of wisdom, that we may know how to live as your people. Open our hearts to your Spirit of truth, that we may love all people with your justice, kindness, and radical grace. May this time of worship be authentic and pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Old Testament Reading

Micah 6:1-8 Common English Bible (CEB)

Hear what the Lord is saying:
Arise, lay out the lawsuit before the mountains;
let the hills hear your voice!
Hear, mountains, the lawsuit of the Lord!
Hear, eternal foundations of the earth!
The Lord has a lawsuit against his people;
with Israel he will argue.
“My people, what did I ever do to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me!
I brought you up out of the land of Egypt;
I redeemed you from the house of slavery.
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam before you.
My people, remember what Moab’s King Balak had planned,
and how Balaam, Beor’s son, answered him!
Remember everything[a] from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you might learn to recognize the righteous acts of the Lord!”

With what should I approach the Lord
and bow down before God on high?
Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings,
with year-old calves?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with many torrents of oil?
Should I give my oldest child for my crime;
the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit?
He has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 5:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. He taught them, saying:

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.

“Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.

“Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.

“Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.

“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.

“Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me.

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