Message Notes

June 9

Anger & Forgiveness

MATTHEW 5


The Law and the Prophets

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


Concerning Anger

21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Jesus' Purpose

  • restored humanity
  • Prioritize
  • Reconciliation
  • Resolution

Jesus warns of unresolved anger

and calls for concrete acts of reconciliation


Have Mercy - Forgive

  • Phycological Benefits
  • Reduced Stress
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Enhanced Relationships
  • Increased Emotional Stability
  • Physical Benefits
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Better Heart Health
  • Improved Sleep
  • Reduced Pain
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Benefits
  • Enhanced Cognitive Function
  • Increased Focus and Concentration
  • Increased Productivity
  • Greater Life Satisfaction
  • Social Benefits
  • Improved Social Interactions
  • Stronger Social Networks
  • Spiritual Benefits
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Sense of Peace


Proactive Peacemaking Strategies

  • Teach Empathy (the difference between love & hate is often story)
  • Engage Community (be pro-social)
  • Share Resources (the good news to the poor)
  • Celebrate Diversity (unity over uniformity)
  • Promote Transparency (tell the truth)
  • Accountability, Mentoring and Discipleship
  • Spiritual Disciplines (learn to listen to the voice of peace)
  • Enemy Love (non-violent communication)


How to Forgive

  1. Acknowledge your feelings
  2. Reflect on the situation
  3. Decide to forgive
  4. Let go of resentment
  5. Communicate your forgiveness
  6. Focus on the present
  7. Practice empathy
  8. Seek support
  9. Develop a forgiving mindset
  10. Forgive yourself

Tips:

  • Self-care
  • Pray
  • Set Boundaries

Questions to Consider:

  1. Are you good at holding grudges?
  2. Have you ever thought something was forgiven only to discover it wasn't really?
  3. Why is forgiveness so difficult?
  4. Are you practicing forgiveness today?
  5. How is Jesus asking you to practice forgiveness this week?

Liturgies

Wayfinders Family Blessing


Gracious God,

We gather before You as a family, grateful for Your loving presence with us.

Bless our children:

Guide them in Your truth and lead them in Your ways. 

Help them to walk in faithfulness, seeking Your will in all that they do. 

May Your Spirit empower them to love one another deeply, 

to forgive as You have, and to extend grace and mercy to all.

May the lessons they learn and the stories they share grow their love for you.

Help them to know how deeply loved they are by you and this church.

In Jesus' name we pray,

Amen.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed 


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 

Maker of heaven and earth; 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 

born of the Virgin Mary, 

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, dead, and buried; 

He descended into hell; 

the third day He rose again from the dead; 


(whooooo!)


He ascended into heaven, 

and sits at the right hand of God, 

the Father Almighty,

From there He will come to judge 

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. 

Amen. 

A Call To Worship


From different lives

we come to worship.


From good weeks 

and bad weeks

we come to worship.


Bringing great times 

and painful memories

we come to worship.


Needing healing, 

needing peace

we come to worship.


With hope in our hearts

we come to worship.


To the Almighty God

we come to worship.


To the King of Kings

we come to worship.


Together

we come to worship.

 Lord's Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

Eucharist

Our practice of communion as instructed by Jesus is a remembering of the Lord until he comes again...

It is also a re-membering of the body of Christ... In this act of faith we are reminded that we are made one in Christ and one with Christ...