Scripture Reading for Sunday, July 30, 2017 When Love Comes To Town

First Reading:
Psalm 145: 1-9
I will lift you up high, my God, the true king. I will bless your name forever and always. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and always. The Lord is great and so worthy of praise! God’s greatness can’t be grasped. One generation will praise your works to the next one, proclaiming your mighty acts.
They will talk all about the glorious splendor of your majesty; I will contemplate your wondrous works. They will speak of the power of your awesome deeds; I will declare your great accomplishments. They will rave in celebration of your abundant goodness; they will shout joyfully about your righteousness: “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, very patient, and full of faithful love. The Lord is good to everyone and everything; God’s compassion extends, to all his handiwork!”

Second Reading:
Luke 19:1-10
Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way – he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor – and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

Message by Pastor Mary Dotson

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Artist James Tissot (1836–1902) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q381248
Title Français : Zachée sur le sycomore attendant le passage de Jésus
English: Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus
Date between 1886 and 1894
Medium opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Dimensions 18.1 × 25.2 cm (7.1 × 9.9 in)
Current location
Brooklyn Museum Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q632682
European Art collection
Accession number 00.159.189
Credit line purchase by public subscription
Notes Signature bottom right: J.J. Tissot
Source/Photographer Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008, 00.159.189_PS2.jpg
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