Learning for Life: 9:30 am
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Listen to the sermon: Joel Russell-MacLean
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“The Final Law: Thanksgiving”
Bulletin: October 22 2023
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26; Psalm 50; Matthew 12:1-7
- For the Beauty of the Earth (Choir procession)
- Come Ye Thankful People Come (harvest video, contemporary, history)
- Lavish Love, Abundant Beauty (lyrics & melody; 2, video)
- We’re Marching to Zion (choir, congregation)
- May the Mind of Christ My Saviour (lyrics, video)
- Change My Heart, O God (with lyrics)
This fall, we are reading through Deuteronomy, one of the five books of Torah, the Law or the Teaching. We will be reciting the Ten Commandments and reflecting upon them as a call to live right in all parts of life. Returning to these rules for life is never wasted. The instruction is basic yet challenging enough for the best of us.
Deuteronomy makes a few things clear before getting into the specifics of the law.
The law is sign of God’s love and the obedience of God’s people is a response.
God had saved Israel from slavery, led them through the desert, and gave them a land of their own, all before presenting them with the law. They had not earned any of this or God’s favour. Their obedience was meant to be an expression of their gratitude and faith.
The law gave Israel a way to live that would allow families, villages, cities, animals, and the land itself, to thrive. The law was for “their lasting good” and “to keep them alive.” Other nations would be impressed with the wisdom of their way of life.
Deuteronomy describes a faith that is lived and shared. One generation taught the next by living it out in homes, at work, at rest – everywhere. Many times, the vision revealed is beautiful.