Anyway

03-04-18 Week 10, Day 2 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35 Over these final four weeks of the Lenten season we will be re-living scenes from John’s gospel of the closing days of Jesus’ life. We will see how deep the darkness is in which we humans sometimes move. Here’s your warning: read closely and honestly, and you will be made uncomfortable. We will find here more to identify with than we like. Be prepared. However, as you consider these accounts keep this in mind as well: the only reason we have

When all is said and done...

Week 9, Day 3 Micah 6:6-8 When all is said and done… ‘With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’ He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? We are the church. We are the Body of Christ on earth and in Mt Vernon and everyplace else we wander in to. So, when all is said and done, or

Being the church at the end of the world Part II--While the sun still shines

Week 8, Day 5 (Part II) Your kingdom come your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6.10 Not everything is broken. That’s the good news and it is news we need to remember and celebrate. Despite humankind’s determined efforts to undo everything, God’s Creation is still a place of surpassing beauty, stunning abundance and remarkable resilience. And what St. Paul said long ago is still true: “Ever since the creation of the world God’s eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things God has made." Romans 1:20 The fight to preserve what remains and to recover what we can of what has been lost will be an uphi

Being the church--at the end of the world

Week 8, Day 5 Matthew 6.10 Your kingdom come your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Lament —2018 she is crying; tears of ancient ice fill the sea with sorrow— the children will never know. nothing is holy everything is for sale tear open her breast steal the danger she holds long hidden— the children’s future burns. nothing is holy everything is for sale deep toxic greed fractures her heart lets go her trouble— the children struggle to breathe. nothing is holy everything is for sale metallic veins pumping poison over sacred waters— the children thirst. nothing is holy everything is for sale she is crying; but warning tears one day will cease— the children will know everything is hol

Be the church--still

Week 8, Day 2 Matthew 6. 10 “The best of all song is birdsong in the quiet. But first you have to find the quiet” Wendell Berry Matthew 6.10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Our study for this year so far has fallen under the heading, “Be the Church”. We have been looking at what the church should be about by considering what, according to various Bible writers, God cares about. The church is, according to St Paul (I Corinthians 12:27), the Body of Christ in the world—the eyes and ears, the hands and feet, the heart of God in the world. It follows then that the today’s body of Christ on earth would care about the same things the Living Christ cared about

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