This Sunday after worship we will be discussing the article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Click below to read it online or download a PDF document to print out and read before Sunday. Or, if you are coming to church for the midweek Lent service, we will have some copies available for you to pick up on Wednesday evening.
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
The children’s TV show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” turned 50 years old this week. Fred Rogers, the Presbyterian pastor who used to host it said that when terrible events occurred his mother told him he should “Look for the helpers.” I’ve followed her suggestion this week, and have been awed and impressed by young people all over this country rallying people to explore sane gun restrictions and other safety measures. Scripture, too, can be a helper when times are tough. I’m enormously grateful for the thread of hope that weaves through all of this week’s texts: “I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations,” God says of Sarai in Genesis 17. The psalmist sings, “The poor shall eat and be satisfied,” in Psalm 22. “Hoping against hope, he believed,” Paul writes of Abraham in Romans 4. Our God is a God of hope, and has always been so. When trouble comes, look to our book about God’s faithfulness, and you will find help. Continue reading
Third Sunday in Lent
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Remember this? “Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” It’s cute and memorable, but it’s not very good theology. THIS (hands folded) is not the church. The church is not a place that contains people—the Church is US, the beloved people of God. And that is as true when we are at a ballgame or a concert or in our kitchens as when we are gathered in this lovely building with its stained glass windows and pipe organ. In the Bible the church is sometimes referred to as “the Body of Christ,” or as “a holy nation,” or “a royal priesthood”—and any number of other images, but it’s never a place. When people say they come to church to find God, or to spend time with God, they have too narrow a view of both God and Church. Continue reading
WHAT: Connections III: Portraits of Us
DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison
COST: A donation between $5 and $20 dollars is suggested.
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