Psalms of Ascent_Psalm 122
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Scripture & Quotes from Sermon:

So I don’t respond anymore. I listen…and go home and pray that person will one day find the one sufficient reason for going to church, which is God. I go about my work hoping that what I do and say will be usable by the Holy Spirit to create in that person a determination to worship God in a Christian community.  – Eugene Peterson

At the deepest level, it is what believers themselves need: a secure, restful, curative fellowship, a ‘time out’ from the world, not negatively, an escapist withdrawal, but positively a re-charging of batteries. – Alec Motyer

In Jerusalem everything that God said was remembered and celebrated. When you went to Jerusalem, you encountered the great foundational realities: God created you, God redeemed you, God provided for you…Week by week we enter the place compactly built, “to which the tribes ascend,” and get a working definition for life: the way God created us, the ways he leads us. We know where we stand. – Eugene Peterson

Then one of them, the he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. – Luke 17:15-16

Peace (Shalom) –  It gathers all aspects of wholeness that result from God’s will being completed in us Every time Jesus healed, forgave or called someone, we have a demonstration of shalom. 

Prosperity (Security) –  The root meaning is leisure—the relaxed stance of one who knows that everything is all right because God is over us, with us and for us in Jesus Christ.