Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

When:
February 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2020-02-02T11:00:00-05:00
2020-02-02T12:00:00-05:00
Where:
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA
24128
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Morris Fleischer
(540) 544-7183

Message: The Promise of Blessing

Whenever we hear the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), we are struck by their poetic beauty and, at the same time, overwhelmed by their perceived impracticality for the world in which we live. Yet, at the heart of the Beatitudes is the call for us to be disciples who live out the virtues of these blessings in pursuit of righteousness grounded in God’s righteousness. Our worship celebration will include the sharing of Holy Communion.

Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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