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Holiness as Compassion and Justice This sermon starter by John van de Laar draws on Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48 to argue that holiness is "doing justice, compassion, fairness, non-violence, and generosity." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar We Underestimate Your Compassion, Jesus Highlighting themes of Christ's compassion, love, and grace, this poem of prayer focuses on the surprising and unfair nature of the gospel shown by how Christ gives forgiveness to sinners when they deserve judgement. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Compassion Is a Choice At a time when so much of our world seems out of control, compassion remains a choice everyone still owns. David Staal reflects on how compassion requires us to truly notice other people. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: David Staal Compassion that Moves! Shively Smith describes "compassion" in Matthew 9:35-10:8, pointing out that Jesus' compassion always prompts action. Those who follow him should have a "compassion that moves." Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: ON Scripture - The Bible | Author: Shively Smith Compassion: A Healing Tool Referencing Isaiah 43:1b-4a, this book excerpt from Becca Stevens' "The Gift of Compassion: A Guide to Helping Those Who Grieve" juxtaposes the simple compassionate act of lighting a candle with both complex chaplaincies and God's compassion. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Becca Stevens Compassion that Moves! Shively J. T. Smith discusses the nature of compassion in the gospel of Matthew. It is not simply a feeling of sympathy, but it is "acting concretely on the behalf of the afflicted." Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Shively J T Smith Compassion Is Our Only Hope A responsive prayer of confession based on Daniel 9 that acknowledges God's perfect covenant faithfulness in contrast with our own unfaithfulness. We don't deserve a hearing from God; our only hope is his compassion. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship Compassion Hymn A hymn composed by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Stuart Townend that meditates on the compassion shown to us by Christ, which is the basis for the compassion we should show the world. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship Compassion Louis Tamminga offers a brief reflection on compassion. Christians are called to imitate Christ in reaching out with compassion to the unfortunate, helpless, lonely, and hurting. Resource type: Article | Source: The CRC Network | Author: Louis M. Tamminga Compassion in the Synagogue A commentary on Mark 2:23-3:6 explores two key scenes in Mark that reveal Jesus' ability to guide us beyond religious disputes to see the real needs of suffering people with compassion and sensitivity. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Matt Skinner Compassion and Justice This article considers the difference between compassion and justice, suggesting that compassion-focused actions seek to solve the temporary situation, while justice tries to focus on the cause of the situation. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Joseph Yoo Compassion that Moves This sermon on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 says that compassion often moves us to action even when we don’t feel like it. Jesus is an excellent example of this. (Length: 11:51) Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: A Sermon for Every Sunday | Author: Andrew Foster Connors Full Text Hymns on Compassion Jesus, Full of All CompassionPD
Hope of the WorldPD
Jesus, thou art all compassionPD
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Compassion Fatigue In the face of injustice, natural disasters, and societal unrest, many Christians have “compassion fatigue.” But the good news for us is that the work of God is not dependent on us. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: ON Scripture - The Bible | Author: Eric Shaffer Compassion on the Crowd The disciples reveal poverty of the faith as well as food in Mark 8:1-10. With only a few loaves they give up hope, yet Jesus's compassion on the crowd overwhelms their lack of belief. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest Teach Us Your Compassion A prayer of confession based on Matthew 15:21-28. Like the disciples we can become impatient with others who need our love. This confession inspires prayer for God to show us mercy and teach us compassion. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Compassion Fatigue This devotional on Psalm 34:8 considers compassion fatigue, suggesting there are ways we can “taste and feel that the Lord is good” because we know and believe that the Lord is God. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling The Call of Compassion "If we're honest, compassion does not come easily to us, God..." A prayer of confession that acknowledges our failure to show compassion and the deep needs of the world. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Risen Christ: Touch Us With Your Compassion Describing how God's compassion is revealed to us, Thom Shuman's prayer inspired by Luke 24:36-48 asks God to open ourselves to seeing God's love, welcoming God's Word, witnessing God, sensing God's peace, and experiencing God's presence. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Thom Shuman Weekly Sermon Illustration: Compassion Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it's like to live inside somebody else's skin. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Carl Frederick Buechner Compassion and Need Reflecting on Mark 6:30-34, David Lose writes that this passage starts off with rest among our labors then shifts gears to move instead to talk about compassion and need. What do people need to really flourish? Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: In the Meantime | Author: David J. Lose
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