Crossroads marked “Peace Sunday” this day before Remembrance Day. The texts were Matthew 20:1-16, Psalm 24 and Isaiah 55 (the entire chapter).
Rev. Cari chose to focus on Isaiah 55, a promise of God’s restoration during the time of Israel’s exile in Babylon. Biblically, she shares, peace is always ‘more than’ just the absence of war. Peace is God’s vision of life in abundance for all.
At the end of the sermon, she shared part of a list of “How to Build Global Community” published in poster form by the Syracuse Cultural Workers, inviting the congregation to pick a few specific actions and start embodying peace. The poster can be found at this link:
At the very end of the service, Rev. Cari invited the congregation to remember that our call to God’s purpose of peace includes both inner peace that comes from the regular practice of our faith, and the active pursuit of peace in the community and world. (That part is not included on the recording!)