Whose Side Are You On?
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Bulletin: September 25, 2016
- Glorious is Thy Name (lyrics, video, 2, background)
- Beautiful Saviour (lyrics & melody, video)
- Let Your Heart Be Broken (lyrics, video, 2, acappela, background, meditation, 2)
Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean
There is a great city in our world with a river running through it. On one side, large homes are spaced apart with lawns and trees and pools. On the other side are thousands of small square buildings put together from whatever wood, metal and concrete could be found, one little home up against the other.
A stone’s throw part and yet they might as well be different planets. The residents of the poor neighbourhood can gaze across the river at the wealth, so close and yet completely out of their reach.
Jesus reverses this age old chasm between rich and poor in a final parable to the pharisees and diverse crowds coming to him. God was at work, bringing blessing to those in need. The kingdom of God was coming and some people were indeed missing out – but which group was it?
Whose side are you on? The invitation from Jesus is to look around and join in where ever you see God’s work being done. Don’t be left out if the coming kingdom on the wrong side of the river!