Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 14, 2017 Esther: A Call To Action

First Reading:
Isaiah 66: 13
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you will be comforted.

Second Reading:
Esther 4: 13-16
He had them respond to Esther: “Don’t think for one minute that, unlike all the other Jews, you’ll come out of this alive simply because you are in the palace. In fact, if you don’t speak up at this very important time, relief and rescue will appear for the Jews from another place, but you and your family will die. But who knows? Maybe it was for a moment like this that you came to be part of the royal family.” Esther sent back this word to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa and tell them to give up eating to help me be brave. They aren’t to eat or drink anything for three whole days, and I myself will do the same, along with my female servants. Then, even though it’s against the law, I will go to the king; and if I am to die, then die I will.”

Message is by Rev. Sherry Brady and Pastor Maribel Calvo

Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L%C3%A9on_Benouville_Odaliske.jpg
Summary
Artist François-Léon Benouville (1821–1859) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q1341719
Title Odaliske
Alternative title(s): Esther
Date 1844
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 124 × 162 cm (48.8 × 63.8 in)
Current location
Musée des beaux-arts de Pau Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q3330217
Source/Photographer Unknown