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God Cares About AIDS

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his disciples about how God cares for all of creation, even small creatures like birds, and that God cares for humankind even more. Elsewhere in the same gospel he emphasized the two Great Commandments of loving God and our neighbors as ourselves. He also spoke of ministry with the "least of these," including those who are sick.

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Scripture Readings

Psalm 84; Matthew 6:26; Matthew 18:10-14; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:9-18

Hymn and Responsive Reading Suggestions

Hymns: "The Care the Eagle Gives," #118; "God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale, #122; "God Will Take Care of You," #130; Jesus Loves Me, #191; "There's a Spirit in the Air," #192; "Kumbayah," #494; "Help Us Accept Each Other," #560; "In Christ There Is No East and West, #584; "The Church of Christ, in Every Age," #589.
All page numbers above are from The United Methodist Hymnal.

See also: His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Affirmation:I Care About AIDS by Kathleen Wilder

Responsive Reading: Psalm 84, #804.

Sermon Resources

The Cardinals' Blessing by Nancy A. Carter
New York City has been my home for 25 years. I was living here when HIV/AIDS first gained a toehold in the early 1980s. Who at that time could have imagined how many people's lives this disease would claim? About 20 years later, I was in my apartment on the upper westside of Manhattan when the World Trade Center collapsed and thousands died. Gray and white smoke billowed up from that mass grave. The foreboding clouds could be seen for miles. More...