Luke 10:1-11 16-20, Peace, Peace of God, Sermon, Proper 9C, Violence, Terrorism

Where is the Peace of God Today? – A Sermon on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Do you want peace for yourself, your friends and family, the world? How do we begin to find that kind of peace in the midst of tragedy after tragedy? Orlando, Istanbul, Baton Rouge, Dallas. The peace we seek is not conditioned on a change in the other’s behavior but a change in our own hearts. We choose whether to live with a heart at peace or a heart at war. Continue reading Where is the Peace of God Today? – A Sermon on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Prayer, Prayers for Turkey, Istanbul Airport Attack

Prayers for Turkey and the World

O Lord of life, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens: Our world has once again been shaken by violence, gunfire, and explosions; this time at the Istanbul airport. We are weary because of our groaning. Every night we flood our bed with tears and drench our couch with weeping. Our eyes waste away with grief. Our spirit shakes with terror. How long, … Continue reading Prayers for Turkey and the World

Yeh hum naheen – this is not us

“Yeh hum naheen” means “this is not us.” The song is a statement that the violence of terrorism is not Islam. Terrorism and violence are not simply Islamic issues. They are issues of humanity. So maybe we should see the video and hear the words as a reminder that any violence is not us, regardless of our ethnicity, race or religion. To act with violence … Continue reading Yeh hum naheen – this is not us