Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 10, 2017 “Is it God’s Will?”

First Reading:
Psalm 105: 1-11
Give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make his deeds known to all people! Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord; dwell on all his wondrous works! Give praise to God’s holy name! Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the LORD! Pursue the LORD and his strength; seek his face always! Remember the wondrous works he has done, all his marvelous works, and the justice he declared – you who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones. The LORD – he is our God. His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world. God remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded to a thousand generations, which he made with Abraham, the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac. God set it up as binding law for Jacob, as an eternal covenant for Israel, promising, “I hereby give you the land of Canaan as your allotted inheritance.”

Second Reading:
Romans 8: 31-39
So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us. Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “We are being put to death all day long for your sake. We are treated like sheep for slaughter.” But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

Message by Rev. Sherry Brady

Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L%C3%A9on_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_-_All_Things_Die,_But_All_Will_Be_Resurrected_through_God%27s_Love_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

Artist Léon Frédéric (1865–1940) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q1361500
Title All Things Die, But All Will Be Resurrected through God’s Love wikidata:Q28796892
Object type Painting
Date (1893 – 1918)
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 1,610 mm (63.39 in). Width: 11,000 mm (433.07 in).
Current location Ohara Museum of Art Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q2977589
Accession number oharamus022
Notes More info at museum site
Source/Photographer lAF-aTAbebC-9g at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level