|August 29, 2014
The scripture passage from Romans this week has a lot of special meaning to me and Tiffany. This particular passage was the basis for our college Chaplain’s benediction. Sure, it was Paul’s benediction first, but John Williams took Paul to a whole new level. Of course, his interpretation is not the standard one, but for my money, it is loaded with a whole lot more relevance and meaning. And of course, for me, it isn’t complete with adding on those words at the end, “And act like gifted and beloved children of God, because that is what you are.”—Imagine that being said with a thick Texan drawl and you’ll get the idea.
What is interesting is that this passage is a benediction (from Latin for Good Words). It is a beautiful passage, but as you start to look a little bit closer at what it is asking us to do as faithful disciples, it may seem like Paul is asking a bit much of us. These tasks are no easy feat for any of us, and yet, this is how a disciple of Christ acts and lives in the world. It’s a tall order, but it is also an essential one.
I think back to the same advice that college chaplain gave me as I was working on my first sermon, “There better be good news there, or its not preaching the gospel—it’s something else not worth anybody’s time.”
So how does this tall order become good news for us?
I think it starts with realizing just what our lives begin to look like when we start living by these “good words,” and indeed, what the whole world starts to look like when it becomes rampant. For the rest, you’ll have to come Sunday.
The scripture this week will be Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28. The sermon is entitled, "Above and Beyond.”
OTHER NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
Ice Cream Social
The Ice Cream Social has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 7 at 4:00pm. Please bring ice cream or cookies and your lawn chairs. There will be a jumper for the kids. Don’t forget to bring friends and neighbors for some good conversation and food.
Sunday Education Classes
August 31 - No class
Sept. 7 – “Praying the Lord’s Prayer”–Celia Hamilton
Sept. 14 – “Sing our Prayer”-Lola Blackwell
PW Fall Gathering--September 20
The Fall Gathering will be held at Covenant! There will be worship, learning, fellowship and lunch. More information & registration forms will be available soon.
Suicide Prevention Discussion
If you missed the Eye on New Mexico program featuring Bert Dugan in a panel discussion of suicide prevention, you can check it out at the following website: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3542032.shtml?cat=10106#.U_uTVs5ReSo
Brown Bag Bible Study
The Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon. Bring your lunch.
The Wednesday night open-to-all study will resume on September 10th.
Reflective Worship will resume on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 6:30pm.
Dismas House is in urgent need of bath & hand towels and face cloths for its residents and blankets for twin beds. Male residents also need disposable razors.
It’s been hard to miss the news about Ferguson the last couple of weeks. There is certainly stuff there that applies to our scripture this week too. To reflect on both, here are some powerful words from Laura Kelly Fanucci:
On Raising Three White Boys After Ferguson
Grace and Peace,