As we begin our wrap-up on this summer of gratitude, we find ourselves leaning into the powerful instructions found at the end of chapter 4 in Ephesians. In a world of dominating individualism and self-absorbed selfishness, we are called as God's people into the vulnerable and blessed joy of belonging together. Our reference point is relying not upon ourselves, but completely and sincerely upon the love of God, modeled in Christ and empowered by the Spirit. In this transforming relationship, we grow more capable to view ourselves more clearly, love one another more profoundly and offer our gratitude more deeply.
This Sunday we continue our theme of gratitude as we look at Ephesians chapter 4 and consider how Jesus is our example for life together. As we see how Jesus has welcomed and gifted us to share in ministry together we find humble appreciation for God's redemptive work in our lives and our communities. As we learn to walk in Jesus humble way, we find our place in God's beloved community.
Read about our wonderful experience with Quinn Chapel A.M.E. on July 29th for a joint worship service and picnic on their church grounds on Charles Avenue.
Please follow the links in this article to learn more about the crisis of the Rohingya and sign the petition for Senator Mitch McConnell.
One of the greatest skills to develop in our spiritual maturity is deepening the experience and practice of empathy in our lives. Catholic writer Henry Nouwen wrote in his book on Solitude, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” Our scripture portion from the Gospel of Mark illustrates the complete opposite, where power politics put into action a brutal and shocking plan of revenge. Join us as we wrestle with these two competing visions of how to use our influence in the world.