The Reverend Elizabeth Bowyer
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         Introduction to the readings for 

All Saints’ Sunday, October 29, 2017

Our reading this morning come from the author of the gospel of according to Matthew.

The context is Jesus’ first teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. 

Listen with care to how these words speak to you for how your own life has been shaped and formed by those who have gone before.

Matthew 5: 1-12 ‘The Beatitudes’

“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 poor of 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 the in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Word of God for the people of God.  Thanks be to God, amen.