Let’s turn the world upside down as Jesus did!

Hello everyone!  This morning our service was led by our minister Trevor Dixon and was a meaningful and worshipful experience.  The theme of the service was the law and its update as Jesus described.  The law in the Old Testament was advanced for its time as it limited retribution in the phrases ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ which meant that revenge could not go further than the injury received.  The law also called for protection and care for the vulnerable, the poor and the aliens.  That law was not as primitive as we might think.

Jesus though advocated turning the other cheek and loving our enemies, treating those who hurt us well.  Trevor said that we might not actually be slapped on the cheek, but someone might ‘slap’ us down as it were by something he or she says to us; and somehow we are not to retaliate but continue to work to support that person.  If someone demands our attention more than their fair share of time, we are not to begrudge them that but offer them even more time; just like going the second mile.  We are called to care as Christians, as Jesus showed us.  This hymn by Patrick Appleford was introduced to us today and I am going to share the words, which were sung to a catchy, lively tune, as they show us how we as Christians are called to be different in our attitudes from those in the world:

O Lord, all the world belongs to you,

And you are always making all things new.

What is wrong you forgive,

And the new life you give

Is turning the world upside down.

The world’s only loving to its friends,

But you have brought us love that never ends;

Loving enemies too,

And this loving with you

Is what’s turning the world upside down.

The world lives divided and apart.

You draw us all together and we start,

In your body, to see

That in that fellowship we

Can be turning the world upside down.

O Lord, all the world belongs to you,

And you are always making all things new.

Send your Spirit on all

In your Church whom you call

To be turning the world upside down.

Let us serve and love those around us, accepting them as Jesus did and help us love those who we find difficult.  This is the day that the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.

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