Read Luke 10: 29-37; Ephesians 2: 11-19 and consider the questions below.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Who is my neighbor and what is required of me in relationship to him/her?
  2. Talk about the purpose of fences/walls.
  3. When do the laws of ‘man’ supersede those of grace and vice versa?

Persistent Points for Reflection:

  1. If you had to argue an alternate view of immigration to your own, what steps would you take? What would be most
    difficult for you in this exercise and why?
  2. As you consider the reasons people migrate/emigrate/immigrate what might you add to the list? Under what circumstances might you pick up and leave?
  3. What is a stake for you around this complex issue of immigration?<br><br><br>

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Genesis 12: 1-3, Deuteronomy 10: 16-19, Isaiah 1: 16-17

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Talk about the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and how/when it came to be. What does it mean to you? What does it mean today and who decides?
  2. If we took today’s sermon texts seriously, what would it ask of us? What’s at stake?
  3. What steps would you take if you had to argue another point of view besides your own on the issue(s) of immigration?


Image Credits: “Their coming to America” By Dooley

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Music Fest

Psalm of Praise     

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

(Psalm 100: 1-2; Psalm 150)

Standing On the Promises by R. Kelso Carter
Performed by the LOUMC Sunday School Singers

Thanks to Our Musicians
Nan Olson, SPRC

Scripture Reading and Special 2020 VISION Announcement
Rev. Michelle McKinnon-Young and Jeff Mattern, 2020 VISION Chair

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A Heart Strangely Warmed

Read Mark 12:28-34a and Galatians 2:16, 3:23-29
and consider the questions below

1. Identify a major turning point in your life. What specific incident made it important?
2. How did you let others know of the “new you?” Have you remained true to your new ideals?
3. What have been the results?

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