Sunday, October 20, 2013

prepare the way

Good morning friends,
One last reminder, a group of folks from UPT are going to hold a short worship service in front of the Rochester City School District office this morning at 8. The office is at 131 W. Broad downtown; that's just west of Broad and Plymouth on the south side of Broad St. There will be plenty of parking nearby. We're worshiping there as an opening to our observance of the Children's Sabbath, a day set apart for lifting up the needs of children in our community. So come, sing, raise your voice for children and for justice.

Today's reading introduces us to John the Baptist, one of the most powerful voices for justice in the New Testament. John came to call people to repentance and prepare the way for Christ. May we hear his word for our generation as well.

God bless,

Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

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