9:30 a.m. - Worship Service & Sunday School through 5th Grade
Matthew 6:12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”
Matthew 18:18-22 & 32-35 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” 21At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” 22Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. … 32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”
John 20:22-23 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”
A documentary “The Power of Forgiveness”
PBS “Bill Moyer’s” program on “Amish Grace” – the forgiveness of the Amish community for the mass murderer who killed their children in a schoolhouse in PA
PBS “Religion & Ethics” program on “Forgiveness” “We find that forgiveness has a much better effect of getting rid of psychological depression and reducing anxiety than we would have expected.”
Thank you to Fairlawn West United Church of Christ, Akron, OH www.fairlawnwest.org for the information on this page.