Because of You Our Church Changes Lives (Exodus 1:15-22)
God called two women, Shiphrah and Puah, to be midwives in ancient Egypt. They were blessed by God because they faithfully used what they had, their skill as midwives, to protect and serve God’s people in unimaginable difficulty. Through this partnership with God, these women helped and supported an entire community.
How are we supporting and helping our community? Are we partnering with God to create space where the entire community is welcome, loved, and respected? Are we sharing in ways that folks who need are able to hear it?
Because of You, Our Church Changes Lives (Genesis 2:15-17, 3: 1-7)
From the very beginning of creation, God intended humanity to be in a partnership with God. This partnership helps us care for the Earth, all the creatures within it, and one another. It’s a partnership that asks us to SEE and KNOW one another fully so we can be in a healthy relationship with one another. It’s a relationship that relies on building trust and letting go of the anxiety we have about ‘having enough.’
What is God asking us to SEE and KNOW about one another, the Earth, other Creatures, and God? How does this help us restore relationships with all of those things when they have been broken? Can a restoration of trust help us discover we already have enough of what we need?
Come to the Table: The Table of Joy
We celebrate our common communion table with people all over the world. Through Jesus, we are brought together and no matter how we got there, believing in the host of this Table makes our joy complete! Let us share our stories, our compassion, and our sympathy as part of one human family that shares the love of Christ in the breaking of the bread.
“Come to the Table: The Table of Grace”
Philippians 1: 21-30
God’s table is one of plenty—where grace is found in abundance! More grace 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 pot-luck of grace, even the last in line have more than enough to eat!
Come to the Table: The Table of Peace (Romans 14:1-12)
We welcome each other at the table even when we disagree. Coming to tables of peacemaking is hard work. We have to let go of judgements and be willing to listen openly and fully. Responsibility for our actions and forgiveness are both 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. The last few years have strained many of our relationships…how is God calling us to be peacemakers now?
Come to the Table: The Table of Love
Jesus often confounded those for whom acceptance was conditional —those who required specific laws be followed “or else.” The litmus test for Jesus was simply love. He 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?
You are invited to “Come to the Table.”
Come to the Table: The Table of Hospitality
Jesus’ lesson at the last supper was clear: the meal of the kin-dom of God is for ALL. Friends, strangers and enemies, saints and sinners, joyful and grieving…
We’re reminded and invited to do as Jesus did by not being “overcome with evil but overcoming evil with good.” It’s a real challenge which requires that we follow God’s way in offering a good meal at God’s table for all of God’s guests. How can you invite others to this table of Hospitality?
You are invited to “Come to the Table.”
At the Movies: Encanto
Faith is all about trusting God and living in God’s grace. And yet, we often feel the need to earn that grace by trying to live perfectly. Perfection is an impossible standard by which to measure our lives, one another, or our faith. God does not expect perfection from us.
But what do we do when we feel drawn to perfectionism? What is that feeling trying to answer in our lives and how does God respond?
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