Responding to the Signs

August 14, 2016
Passage: Luke 12:49-56

Opening Prayer

Lord of light and life, you have called us this day to open our hearts, our minds, our spirits to hear your voice. Give us patience and willingness to serve you in all that we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Lucy Chelton, winner of Chopped Junior

Lucy Chelton, winner of Chopped Junior | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

The Gospel Reading

Luke 12:49-56 (NRSV)

‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?