Thank You for attending worship each Sunday and making us a vital space for all on the evolving journey of the Spirit.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
The Table of Love
“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.”
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
The Table of Peace
Jesus often confounded those for whom acceptance was conditional—when it required making sure specific laws were being followed. This litmus test of love leaves little room for grace. Jesus chose time and again to seek out the intention of someone’s heart–to gather together and engage in conversation as a way of moving toward right relationship. What happens when we seek to “do no wrong” to our neighbor, moving beyond boundaries into reciprocal understanding?
“Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’ So then, each of us will be accountable to God.”
“Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.'”
We welcome each other at the table even when we disagree. Coming to tables of peacemaking is hard work. We must be willing to suspend our propensity for making ourselves the judge of others. Forgiveness is on the menu at God’s table and we are called to sit down and find merciful ways to deal with one another despite our differences.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
The Table of Grace
“I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.”
“‘Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
God’s table is one of plenty! God decides how much to give and gives more than we can ever imagine; more grace than we expect. God even gives more than we would give ourselves. In the face of such abundance, we are called to be generous as God is generous. Indeed, at God’s potluck of grace, even the last in line have more than enough to eat!
The VOICE is a monthly publication and is available for download from our site. Thank you.