Last Sunday the lectionary sent us to Leviticus. Leviticus 19 puts muscle on the bones of the ten commandments, fleshing out what the commands look like for the people who will enter a new world, a new economy, into new relationships with the land and the people of the land. Joy wondered what it would look like if we rewrote those words for our days. Here is her text, what we read corporately in our worship

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Revisited
Written by Joy Wahnefried

Leader:            The Lord told Moses to say to the community of Raleigh Mennonite Church,
“Be holy, because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
Do not contribute to the food waste problem in this country.
Rather than buying food that you will not eat learn to buy and cook only your daily bread. If you have extra’s invite your neighbors over to share in your bounty.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         Do not post, believe, or forward
The cause of those that use Alternative Facts.
Check everything for truthfulness
And honesty before believing it.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         Do not use God as tool for your own political agenda

And thus profane the name of the Holy One.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         Do not with hold a living wage from those that work for you,
Nor support companies and organizations
That build fortunes by denying people
The means to support themselves.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         Care for those that are differently-abled
By making a society that is accessible to all.
One where all are valued and rejoiced over.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         Don’t demonize entire groups of people that irritate you.
Judge everyone fairly no matter what political, ideological,
Racial, gender, or class grouping that they are part of
And make sure that everyone is able to receive justice in all their dealings.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

Leader:         As much as it might be easy to go for the cheap shot
That attacks a person’s character don’t do it.
Don’t hold onto grudges and hate.
If you have a problem with them be honest about it
Try to talk through your differences.

All:                 I am the Lord your God.

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