Acts of Compassion: A New Worship Series

Sept. 30, 2015

Our annual theme verse ends with these words: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17a. Paul’s words to the early church (and to us centuries later) are not merely a description of who we are as God’s people: they are a call to put that compassion into action.

This Sunday, we will begin a worship series entitled “Acts of Compassion.” Over the course of the next eight weeks, we will lift up various ways that God’s people have been called to act, beginning with the biblical story and connecting it to stories of compassion in action today. Drawn from the appointed gospel readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, these stories reveal God’s people engaging in a wide range of compassionate acts:
acts of welcome,
acts of courage,
acts of service,
acts of freedom,
acts of faith,
acts of giving,
acts of trust, and
acts of truth.

This Sunday, as we recall Jesus’ words to welcome children in his name, we also hear of the compassionate actions of our Liberian partners. In addition to providing hospitality and education to children for many years, members of the Believer Bible Chapel in Monrovia have now opened their homes and their church to children who have become orphans as a result of the recent Ebola epidemic. In addition to being inspired by their acts of welcome, we can also consider how we at CtK might accompany them in this compassionate action.

We clothe ourselves with compassion whenever we welcome children in Jesus’ name. We put our compassion into action every time we offer hospitality to others—and particularly to widows, orphans, strangers, and those in need. I invite you to discover how your own story connects with these compassionate acts of welcome.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Peter