Second Presbyterian Church + Portsmouth, OH
"Seek the Shalom of the City"
In this podcast:
Prayer for Illumination
Gospel reading Luke 17:11-19
The Psalter - Psalm 66:1-12
The Epistle reading 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
The Anthem "A Repeating Alleluia"
Old Testament reading Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Sermon "Seeking the Shalom of the City"
So, if we are to assume that these words God gave to the Israelites are words being spoken to us again today by the power of the Holy Spirit, what are we to do with them?
I wonder about all the ways we’re already seeking the shalom of this city, but we’ve never thought about them in this way before.
When you serve in a community group or a non-profit, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.
When you run a business or a doctor’s office, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.
When you teach in a school or a university, when you make music or make art, when you pack hygiene kits or weekend food backpacks or buy presents for kids at Christmas or give to God’s Pantry, you’re seeking the shalom of the city.
When you do any of these things in the name of Jesus Christ – whether you actually speak his name out loud or not – you are seeking the wholeness and completeness and prosperity of the city.