Hello Friends in Christ -
There’s a small pile of things I want to communicate in this eNews, so hang on…
NEIGHBORHOOD WALK THIS SUNDAY after worship
This Sunday after worship, Alex Hudson, Executive Director for the First Hill Improvement Association (that’s our neighborhood!) will lead us on a walk through the neighborhood. Alex is a young, vivacious, energetic enthusiast of all things First Hill. You will love her! So, wear sensible shoes, and maybe bring an umbrella! And let’s be a part of listening to the neighborhood… (should take about 45-60 minutes).
TAKE A KNEE…OR TWO…
Rev. Eyde Mbanglo has filled in for me several times this summer while I’ve been on vacation and study leave, and I really love what she posted on her Facebook page in response to the “take a knee” controversy:
You are my friend.
I love you.
I respect your desire to change your weekend plans and 'fast' from (boycott) football. I do.
As you discern what to do with an extra hour or two on The Lord's Day, please consider exploring the reality of systemic oppression and racism in our beautiful country for many of our brothers and sisters.
On Sunday, as many of us kneel for a moment (some on the field, some in church, and some in our hearts) to rest in God's protective embrace and humbly invite God's perfect wisdom in how to eradicate any supremacy other than God's, I invite you to just consider the intention behind many athletes kneeling is not about disrespecting anything or anyone, but on the contrary is 100% about honoring God's love and care for everyone.
Respectfully, our brothers and sisters simply don't know what else they can do, but to kneel.”
IN WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY…
We’ll begin worship with a new Gathering Song – Lord Jesus, Think on Me, #301 in the blue hymnal – so try to give it a listen a few times this week if you get a chance. You can access it here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=NqQ1IPOIZwA
This week’s sermon text, Matthew 21:23-32, follows Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where he turns the tables (literally). Not everyone thought that was such a neat idea. I often wonder, How would I have responded to this real, in-the-flesh Jesus guy? And really, how do I now? Also, one of the things I love about this lectionary passage is how Jesus engages others with questions. He asks, What do you think? Kind of like we do with our “partners in preaching” participative style of engaging the text together. (I got the idea from Jesus J)
And it’s World Communion Sunday – so all across the globe Christians will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper, anticipating that great heavenly banquet when people will come from north and south and east and west and sit at table together in the Kin-dom of God! There’s a place at the table for you!
Be the church!