In Jeremiah chapter 8, the prophet laments. His people are weary and feeling abandoned. He cries, is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? (Verse 22) I’m not sure why Jeremiah mentions the word Gilead in particular. It may be a synecdoche (using one part or something, such as a city or region of a country, to refer to the whole) or it may be a reference to balsam, used medicinally in ancient times.
In my sermon I’ll highlight efforts of our our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), to relieve suffering and provide comfort throughout the world. Our congregation supports churchwide efforts through the One Great Hour of Sharing and Christmas Joy offerings.
In Luke chapter 15, Jesus tells parables about looking for a precious thing that’s been lost: a sheep, a coin.
It’s important to remember that whatever good thing we do, whether we do good through a big organization or on our own, we are doing good for a specific person. We are doing good for one of God’s precious people.
Sunday’s sermon will highlight Meals on Wheels, a service that delivers a lot of meals … to a lot of grateful individual older adults in our community. Each Meals on Wheels volunteer connects on an individual basis with those on their route.
What can we do to minister to the face in the crowd?
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