This sermon is offered as a reflection on 1 Kings 21, the story of Ahab seizing the vineyard of Naboth. Though Ahab takes no part in the activities that lead to him gaining possession of the vineyard, the prophet Elijah speaks truth to power and leads him accept that he has broken a covenant relationship with God by enjoying ill-gotten gains. This leads us to reflect on whether our own goods and services are ill-gotten if they exploit and abuse the earth and the people who produce them.
Ryan Sirmons BTh MA is the pastor, and has delivered this address. Little Baddow Chapel (URC) is an open-minded congregation of the United Reformed Church in England. We have been meeting continuously since 1662, and in our current church building since 1707. Nestled on 3.5 acres of environmentally stewarded land, we offer our worship to God as a community activity that seeks to unite all people in love, justice and peace through Jesus. littlebaddowchurches.org.uk. We meet at 10:30 every Sunday morning, with other interesting engagements in between.
The order of service can be viewed at this link: bit.ly/14DXIcn
The slide show used for this service can be viewed here: bit.ly/19G322W
The text of this sermon is on my blog, preachsirmons.wordpress.com.
Our hearts, minds and doors are open, and we're ready to do God's work for justice, peace and love. urc.org.uk
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