Where is the Justice? – The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost [10 6 19]

Today’s Passage: Book of Habakkuk [Habakkuk 1-3]

Opening Prayer: Father God, it is often hard to look at the injustices in this world, especially when we perceive ourselves to be one of the ones that have been treated unfairly.  We want to see justice done and the perpetrators punished.  Help us to understand that Your system of justice will not be found in this broken world.  May we continue to have faith in You and learn to patiently wait for the time when You will make all things right.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Jeremy Camp – Walk By Faith

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]:  Habakkuk – The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost [10 6 19] by Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Can you find the book of Habakkuk in your Bible?  Can you use it as a Scrabble word? (those “K’s” are worth 5 points apiece!).  It is an often overlooked book, and yet the Word of God comes through loud and clear in the words of this ancient prophet. Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, claims that the words of Habakkuk are not actually a prophetic message to God’s people, but a prayer to God .  “And this prayer,” he says, “is as explicitly political as any prayer that any preacher has ever prayed.”  Watch and learn as Jacobson makes sense of the message and meaning of Habakkuk.

Closing Song: Lincoln Brewster – While I Wait (Official Music Video)

Closing Prayer: Father God, when we look at this world sometimes we forget You are a just God, You are faithful, and You are at work in this place.  When it is hard to see the positive things in our daily lives or in the world around us, remind us of Your faithfulness.  When we fail to see any fruit in our lives or we are feeling unproductive, help us to trust in You.  May we continue to praise You in those times of discouragement.  Help us to be patient.  May we rejoice and praise You while we wait.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: Unspoken – Human Condition (Official Music Video)

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