This week's readings bring out the theme of God's way of justice. In Isaiah, God is a God who comes to save, to right the wrongs of this world, so that the deaf hear and the lame walk, the deserts become oases and the wilderness bears fruit. The refrain for our Psalm is: "He gives justice for those who are oppressed, and food to this who hunger." And James exhorts the believers to reject false religion and turn to his definition of true religion: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)" So for James, worshipping God goes beyond inner purity - it ALWAYS manifests itself in outward acts of love and care for those in need.
On these lines, we'll sing a new song for the offertory called "Hands and Feet" by worship band The Brilliance. Listen to it here:
We'll also sing again the new song we've been learning: "This I Believe (The Creed)"
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!