Music and the Gospel: “Stand By You,” Rachel Platten; All Saints

The beatitudes remind us God blesses everyone and excludes no one, not the poor, the meek, the persecuted. We have the gifts to live Jesus’ message to love everyone. We have the tools to help our friends, family neighbors, and people everywhere fight social injustice, share courage, recognize blessings, and keep light in the world. God stands by everyone.

Lyrics: Even if we’re breaking down / we can find a way to break through / Even if we can’t find heaven / I’ll walk through Hell with you / Love you’re not alone, cause I’m gonna stand by you

Questions: Read through the beatitudes, Matthew 5.1-12. Who do you know that represents one of them? What can you learn from them? For whom in need are you a blessing? Who has supported you through a difficult time?

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