What Makes You Great Again?

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Matthew 22:34-40                                                                               October 29,2017     If you have attended a service in Hebrew, you would hear this prayer, known by its first word Sh’ma., “Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad - "Hear, O Israel: the LORD is our God, the LORD is One."  It is a practice to say this in the morning upon rising and evening the evening before sleep.  It rolls off the tongue as automatically for Jews as “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” does for Christians.  These are prayers that one never forgets.  I have made pastoral visits where a person seemed to be unable to speak, unable to hear my words or near death, and when I say, “Our Father” out loud, their lips begin to move in rhythm with mine.  They may not recognize their own children, [...]