It is God who reforms us, and in that reforming the church does and must change, not for the sake of change, but for the sake of understanding who our God is, and what God is asking us to do.
Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.
Singing has given hope, singing has given strength, singing has provided inspiration and motivation. Singing has carried people through troubled times.
Singing invigorates us to effect God’s kingdom; invigorates us to bring God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Do we see God reforming the church today? What is God doing now in the Presbyterian Church? What is God changing?
To trust in God is to trust in God’s abundance. Our God is not a God of scarcity. Most of us are living our lives as though there is scarcity. Our God is a God of abundance, thus we too can be generous.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells a story that includes an unfortunate person who gets thrown out of a wedding party because he doesn’t meet the dress code.
This leads us to a hard question : Which matters more, our honor, or our hospitality?
God has some exciting mission in store for the church. The question is, are we willing to participate in God’s exciting mission?
Is it unfair to affirm the dignity and worth of all people? Is it unfair to affirm the basic needs of the marginalized?
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As recipients of God’s absurd, unfair grace, we are to practice mercy toward others, willingly, concretely, and as a communal way of life.
Relational hurt within the church cannot be left to chance. Should not the church be a reconciled body, not only because that is what God wants, but so that the church can model that for our nation and for the world?
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