So I'm preaching this week, which means I'm doing the usual hunting and pecking around the internet... I have a very atypical request for a short sermon (no hour long biblical excursion!) but I have found an abundance of poignant materials for this upcoming week. This weeks' Gospel texts speak very much to the suffering we all face, and God's grace in it. In the Old Testament, underneath a touching lament of the loss of friendship is a bald display of the costs of war. I'll be preaching the NT, but I believe the OT speaks to our country very much in this next week. In Dan Clendenin's I'm Already Against the Next War, he reflects on the inevitable cost of war - whether in the Samuel narrative against the Philistines or in today's wars around the globe. Far more than discussing if war is ever right,he presses for our realization that war always brings a price we can scarcely imagine. Origen of Alexandria (185–254 AD), perhaps Christianity's greatest early scholar,[offers a repudiation the violence of war, military service, and even the state itself.]
There's some good homework for us this Independence Day. the lectionary texts are hereAnd as we — by our prayers — vanquish all the demons that stir up war, and lead to the violation of oaths, and disturb the peace, we in this service are much more helpful to the kings than those who go into the field to fight for them. And we do take our part in public affairs, when along with righteous prayers, we practice self-denying disciplines and meditations, which teach us to despise pleasures, and not to be lead astray by them. And none fight better for the king [and his role of preserving justice] than we do. We do not indeed fight under him, although he demands it; but we fight on his behalf, forming a special army of piety by offering our prayers to God.
I was invited to be the preacher for a vigil this past Friday night to prepare for Holy Week. The vigil was to start at 8pm and end at midnight. My "sermon"was to come at 10:30pm... Now I don't know about you all, but it seemed to me that the likelihood of anyone (including me) staying awake in a church service at the end of a long week for a sermon of any length, no matter how fascinating and dynamic and inspiring is the invited preacher-lady, seemed dim.I figured my best bet was to talk a little and have them move a lot. With some inspiration from Rev. Theresa Cho, but adapting for the theme of Holy Week, I decided it was time to break out. My sense is that folks were engaged, albeit a bit hesitant. After three years I have not really seen anything like this in church services, and it didn't seem like the congregation had either. Folks seemed to gain confidence as they went along, but some had trouble overcoming the sense that there were "right"answers they were supposed to come up with. Admittedly there are probably some wrong answers (i.e. Judas was not giddy with glee over the anointing of Jesus by Mary (in John) or the unnamed woman (in the other gospels)), but the activities were really meant to have people think more carefully and move a bit more slowly through Holy Week (as the Bible does). I started with a quick overview, including an emphasis about the importance of Holy Saturday because I am still concerned with the supreme emphasis on joyhere. Quickly though, we moved on to the stations...
A House of Prayer for All NationsScripture: Mark 11:15-19 Read the text aloud. Form a circle, and pray for all the nations of the world. Try to pray specifically for one country in each of the following continents or regions: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, Central America, North America, South America One person should begin the prayer and, upon finishing, squeeze the person's hand at their side to continue. Give each person the chance to pray, silently or aloud. Materials: Bible, Newspaper
Making Visible the InvisibleScripture: Matthew 27:15-23, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 23:26-31, John 19:23-30 Many times, the women of the Bible remain invisible. Have each person in the group choose a scripture from those above and draw a picture about it from the perspective of the woman (or women) in the text - making them central figures in telling the story. Put your drawing on the wall before you leave this station. Materials: Paper, Crayons, Bible
Holy Wednesday: The Anointing of JesusScripture: John 12:1-11 Read the text aloud. Have someone take a slip of paper from the cup and read the name on it. Imagine that you are that person in the text and share with the group your thoughts/feelings. Materials: Bible, Perfume ,Paper strips (Mary, Martha, Jesus, Lazarus, Judas, Other disciples), Cup
Denying JesusScripture:Matthew 26:69-75 Think about a time that you denied Jesus with your words or your actions (or failing to act).
- Who (or what?) helped you see what you had done (as the servant-girl did for Peter)?
- When you realized what you had done, how did you feel at that moment?
- How do you feel now?
Holy (Good) Friday: Holy Week Around the WorldLook at images of Holy Week from around the world. As a group, respond to some of the following questions: 1. What image(s) seem familiar/normal to you? 2. What image(s) makes you feel uncomfortable/odd, or which one(s) did you dislike? 3. What image seems most faithful? 4. What image would you like to see in person? 5. If a photographer were taking photos in Barranquilla, how would you want the photo of your celebrations of Holy Week to look? Materials: Holy Week Images Slide Show, LCD Projector, Computer
Waiting FaithfullyAnswer for yourself the following questions: How do I show my faithfulness to God through my actions? How can I show my faithfulness to God through my actions? Take a slip of paper and write on it two ways that you can be faithful to God in your daily life. Keep this paper with you during Holy Week to remind yourself. Materials: Paper strips, Pens/Pencils I divided folks up in groups by counting off days and they rotated in their groups as they finished the stations. This was not seamless since the stations don't all take the same amount of time, but we worked it out. The logistics of people movement in the midst of such a brand new experience was probably the most difficult for me to plan for. Also, I am sure a station for making Palm Crosses or some such would be great for Palm Sunday, but I didn't have space for more stations, and since we were close to Sunday and folks tend to go to church more regularly on Sunday I left that out. Oh, and no one does palm crosses here - like at all - which is funny since there are palm trees everywhere... * Without my trusty partner at my side Friday night since evidently someone always has to be with the 18-month old, these photos are from a Palm Sunday remix.
So it seems that stuff is on my mind a lot these days. Stuff as in stuff - things, possessions. In helping a friend pack, nothing is clearer than our attachment to stuff. Try as we might, we always are tied to stuff. Even moving to a different continent doesn't wipe the complications away... I listen to lots of podcasts while around the house, and I came across these two different sermons reflecting on our attachment to stuff - and our attachment to money. Two very different theological perspectives; both with something key to say to me. I hope you find something for you as well as you think through your stuff...
***********Timothy Keller Treasure vs. Money Mark Ramsey Stuff (from 8/1/10) Some favorite quotes from each:
"Everything that interests me does not necessarily interest Jesus..."
"I can't preach about money as much as Jesus preached about money - I wouldn't have a church!"
"Jesus will give us lives worth living and take from us stuff that is not worth dying for ..."
"Money has the power to keep people from asking questions - about how you spend it and how you make it. The power of greed is to make you not ask."And some other stories of interest on the subject of stuff and giving it away... (from the New York Times and University of Indiana)
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Septima Iglesia PresbiterianaMay 10, 2011 - Mother's Day Exodus 1.1-22 I think it is a blessing for us to consider today's celebration, the celebration of all the mothers among us, and all the mothers in our lives, in the context of this Easter season. We of course are still in the season of Easter, because our church knows that some events are too big to celebrate all on one day. Some ideas are too big for us to comprehend, to understand, to experience in a profound way – all at once. So Easter – the celebration of God's new life in Christ – is a season of celebration. And we are today, at the same time, in the special celebration of Mother's Day. Today is a great day for all of us to stop, and remember, and celebrate the work of our mothers, and of all the mothers in our society, who do so much to all of us. This celebration probably too deserves a season of celebration... But now things can be tricky. Because here we have two ideas, Easter and Motherhood, that are so good, so perfect, so cherished, that to say anything more than Amen! might be a mistake... But I make many mistakes, and so this morning, we will be looking at the deeper meanings, and the deeper challenges of these two ideas for us today. So on this Mother's Day, we will look at God's Easter work of creating new life, and indeed a new world, here among us. Where do we see this happening today? Our story in Exodus is very different than we we usually think about during Easter, and especially on Mother's day. It is a story of hardship and desperation, and a description of the bitter cruelties that we humans can inflict upon one another. It is also a story that challenges us, as modern day readers, to reflect on our calling, and to examine our lives to find where we need to soften our hearts, listen for God's leading, and join in God's work today, in our communities, in our nations, for the redemption of this world. When we go back to our Old Testament story, we have a story that may be familiar, but I think it is worth looking a bit more closely at it this morning. Our story starts with the strains of the Genesis narrative – the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, blessed by God, and sent into this world to be a blessing for all – has now ended up in the court of the Pharaoh in Egypt as a trusted adviser, a special counselor in times of trouble in the kingdom. We hear that the family of Joseph has been “fruitful and prolific” which reminds us God's original commandment to humans in the beginnings of Genesis – to be fruitful and multiply - upon the new earth. But as we enter in the current time of the story, we find that this fruitfulness of the Hebrew people has turned from a blessing into a problem. In fulfilling God's commandments, they have created a conflict with the commander of the Egyptian empire- the most powerful force in the world at that time. And so we move into the central conflict of our story: the power of God's blessing versus the power of the Empire. The stage is set with an unlikely cast of characters. First we have the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh. In our story today, Pharaoh serves as a symbol of the entire Egyptian nation. When Pharaoh decides to do something, the entire country has decided to do it. When Pharaoh becomes angry, the entire country is angry. In this one person, we have the whole of worldly power, domination, and control. And on the other hand, we have two women. They are named as Hebrews, which scholars think is similar to the word Habrou, which was used the same way we use outcasts, or marginalized, or 'vulnerable populations.' And they were two midwives. Women occupied a very precarious position in early middle eastern society, dependent upon males – husbands, fathers, or sons for their social status. And these two midwives probably did not have any families or children, and thus no male connections, which would have made them the outcasts of the outcasts. This is how the book of Exodus sets the stage for this encounter. The most powerful man in the world, with a military military and prosperous nation at his fingertips, and two midwives, the outcast of the outcasts. But as a hint of what is to pass, the Pharaoh, the powerful king, the ruler of all – goes unnamed. And these two women are named, Shiphrah and Puah. Named and remembered until this very day... So Pharaoh decides that the fruitfulness and multiplication of the Hebrews has become a problem, a threat to his consolidation of power. And he responds as all dictators respond - “Come, let us deal shrewdly with them.” The Pharaoh will use his cunning, his schemes and strategies to maintain control. He sets in place plans for system of domination – a system of forced slavery. And yet our text says that the more the Egyptians pushed – the harsher the oppression – the more the Hebrews thrived. What is it? What is the force that is percolating with this outcast people? What is the force that resists the domination, and instead builds and grows in its face? In our close reading of the story, we'll note that God has not yet been mentioned – but I think this is where we find God working in our story. Among the Hebrew people, blessed and promised to be a blessing to all the world, God is working... God is working for the fullness of life. God is multiplying, expanding, resisting domination, protecting and promoting life. God is mothering life, nurturing and multiplying the Hebrew people so that they will fulfill their purpose of offering a blessing to the whole world. And as agents of the nurturing, mothering force of God, we have Shiphrah and Puah. Two unlikely heroes. But these two women knew of God's promise, and they knew that their work in bringing new life into this world was a part of God's command to be fruitful and multiply. They understood deeply that all the power, domination, and control in the world is not a match for the promise of God's blessing. In their lives, God's blessing was for them to help the Hebrew women give birth, offering wisdom and comfort and encouragement in this most vulnerable of times. I imagine they knew, they felt, they experienced God alongside them in this special work. They knew the power of life, so strikingly present in the birthing room. And so with that strong confidence, they went to Pharaoh's court when they were called. They listened to his shrewd plans – this time for them to outright kill all of the male Hebrew babies as they were born. How would you hear these plans? Plans to bring about the slow but sure death of your family, clan, people? Plans for destruction that reek of fear and threat, with no purpose or reason but control? Plans that had the stamp of Empire on them, with a demand for compliance, with no room for evasion or negotiation. Refusal would be death. How would you hear these plans? Many people around Colombia know of these types of plans – plans that only mean death and heartache for your people, and seem to offer no hope, no way out. So Shiphrah and Puah, they heard this command from the king, and they knew the stakes. Everyone living under the Pharaoh, under the empire knew the stakes. When Pharaoh spoke, what he said was law. There was no dissent in Pharaoh's court. But they knew a different force at work, They knew something that Pharaoh did not, and could not understand. They knew of the work of God – the living, breathing God – that was working to bring life into this world, a force that multiplied and expanded when it met oppression, a force that was on the side of life, and life abundant. In their special work as midwives, they knew that this force of life was powerful, it was potent, it was earth shaking. God's work in mothering God's people was not a force they would ever oppose, even if that meant resisting the most powerful man in the world. And so while Pharaoh had tried to be shrewd in his efforts to control the Hebrew people, he was no match for these two women. When they return to him a second time, this time having directly disobeyed his command, they answer Pharaoh with a hint of God's work among them – saying that the Hebrew women were too “vigorous” or too full of life for them to help in their births. And with this answer, the impossible happens – Pharaoh's plans of destruction are thwarted – even if only temporarily. Shiphrah and Puah, two outcasts of the outcasts with no social standing, no power this world would ever recognize – they best Pharaoh in his plans for destruction. The impossible happens, and God's power of blessing prevails over this world's power of domination. Shiphrah and Puah are an important lesson for all of us on this celebration of Mother's Day. They show us where to look for God and God's work in this world – and how to take up our part and work with God. They show us that God's power is not the power found in the ruling courts or the board rooms or the military centers of this world – but rather God's work of blessings is in the birthing rooms, the places of new life, the schools and hospitals and churches and living rooms where people are fruitful and multiply in their faith, courage, and passion for working for God's kingdom. Shiphrah and Puah show us that social standing, military might, and political power are not the ways that God's blessing is preserved and shared – it is through our faithful work at persevering life, at sharing our blessings with others, and defending those who are most at risk that we follow in God's work of mothering new life. So we celebrate on this day – all the acts of promoting, growing, defending, and multiplying new life around us. Shiphrah and Puah show us that it is not only by being a mother that you can take part in God's drama of new creation. We all have a role to play in multiplying and bring fruit into this hurting and broken world. Shiphrah and Puah show us that God is at work mothering this world, and so rightfully this is a day to celebrate God's mothering of the world. God is still at work, still creating, still producing fruit among us. We have an invitation in this story to join in God's work, to step in beside Shiphrah and Puah, and lend a hand in God's work of new creating, of birthing a new world, a world of hope, new life, and justice. May we all have the courage to take our part. Amen.
Two days ago I posted my first Easter sermon, given for the Presbytery-wide worship service held here in Barranquilla. The "function" of my sermon was to get people to think about what the good news of Christ's resurrection stirred in them, and what commitments they would make now that they had been shaken up a little. Rather than ask folks to just *think about* what they would do (or how they would be), I asked them to write their commitment down on a slip of paper they were given upon entering the sanctuary. It wasn't meant to be a gimmick, rather my hope was that the act of writing it down would make it feel more real. And, by putting that "papelito" in the offering plate, it would not only allow everyone to put something in that plate, it would also make clear that their promise was an offering to God (and not to me, for instance). To be honest, I wasn't sure exactly how it would go. I don't think my sermons fit quite into the mode folks are used to here, and on top of that I know folks have to listen harder to understand me when I am preaching. My Spanish is good enough, but I still sound different. Sometimes that works to my advantage, and sometimes it doesn't. Add to it that I gave out paper but no pens or pencils, I felt like I may have lost people when the pause I offered ended and people kept mumbling and shifting around while I finished the last two paragraphs of the sermon. It had been okay, I thought - just not quite hit the mark. And then I read the papers. My goal was not to identify anyone with their promise, simply to honor them by taking time with them and making the time I gave to them like another prayer for their fulfillment. A few papers had just "God is love" or "I love God," and others had general hopes about following God better and/or spreading the good news, being more faithful, or being a better person - all of which I am sure are true desires, just pretty general ones. But some of the papers caught me off guard. - I promise to take better care of my children. - I promise to forgive those who have hurt me. - I promise to pray for those who have been kidnapped. - I will be faithful and constant, and I will leave behind the things that are enslaving me. - I will serve you better in communities that are in need. - I will tithe. And of course the best were from the kids. I don't know what came from who, but there were a host of little kids that I wasn't sure were even going to listen to a 15 minute sermon, until... - I promise to help more and be more obedient. - I promise to change my way of being toward my sister. - I will go to church every Sunday, pray every night, behave well, pass all my classes, and help my mom and my grandmother. (Whew!) - I am not going to be rude to my parents anymore, and I will get better grades. - I will behave for my parents, and I will not be afraid. I know that my sermon was in part about not being afraid, but it was so hard to read little kid handwriting saying, "I will not be afraid." They were a number of kids at the service from some pretty hard neighborhoods in Barranquilla, and all I could think was how much I wish they never needed to be afraid. And it made me think that all the rest of us should probably change our slips of paper to promise to do everything in our power to help those kids be able to keep their promises. All in all, out of about 300 slips only 14 were blank. And none had tic-tac-toe games on them. All of the mumbling and moving during the final bits of the sermon really may have been about asking to borrow a pen, or seeing if someone needed paper. I don't know. What I do know is that apart from whatever blessing the congregation may have received Sunday morning, I was all the more blessed - 300 times over.
So today I got to preach my first Easter sermon. Surely you all know that mere mortal Associate Pastors never get to preach on this day. They are harder than they might seen these Easter sermons. You pretty much know the message before you even get started. The question is, how do you make it new again? Perhaps that is true for every Sunday though... At any rate, here is my first go at it. It is in English below, though I gave it in Spanish. Upon finding out my mother would be here for Easter, my friend Diego said, "Oh...I don't think I would want to preach in front of my mother." I said, "Not so hard when she doesn't know what you are saying..." So, for you mom...
Shaken and Stirred
In September 2008 I came to Colombia on an emergency visit to the humanitarian zones in Curvaradó. I was overwhelmed by the stories I was hearing, and my fears and concerns were far greater than my hope. As others joked during meals or in the car between visits, I could not find a way to laugh and be joyful in the midst of such difficult circumstances. An IPC member on that visit seemed to see I was struggling. He patted my shoulder, smiled and said, “It is hard. I know it is hard. But, in a culture of violence, we choose to live the resurrection.” It was then that I decided I needed to return to Colombia because I had a lot to learn here.
And I was right about that.Colombians are no strangers to death. I guess no one is really, but Colombians as well as any know about death as a weapon rendered by the powerful. You know about death that is meant as a warning sign to rabble rousers; death that is meant to silence; death that is public, humiliating, painful, and unjust. What you also know, however, is that death – even public, humiliating, painful and unjust death (or maybe even especially that) – does not have the last word.
Here we are together on Easter Sunday, as disciples were together so many years ago on this same day. Though Matthew does not speak of it, I imagine that most of the disciples were gathered together in one place (as we are today), but they, unlike us, were in mourning. They, unlike us, did not know what God had done. They, unlike us, believed that the powers-that-be had taken Jesus forever; that Rome had won, that violence had beaten love, and that hope was...pointless. And with reason – they had seen Jesus die, and everyone in the world knows that dead is dead.
Until it isn't...
Two of Jesus' followers were not with the others because they chose to go to the tomb. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary had been following Jesus since his time in Galilee, and they cannot bear to leave him even now. They do not go to the tomb because they expect a miracle. They do not even go to anoint Jesus with spices as is reported in Mark and Luke because the guards Pilate posted outside the tomb would have prevented them from doing so anyway. I think they just went to be near him still. Just because he was dead did not mean their love for him had died. Maybe the guards would just let them touch the big stone that closed his tomb. Maybe the warmth of the sun on that rock would help warm the cold feeling in their hearts. Maybe coming here would help them move on. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
As they walked arm in arm, leaning on one another for strength, silent - or maybe wailing (I don't know) - they felt a tremor.
How many of you have ever been in an earthquake?I have been in only one, 10 years ago, and though it lasted less than a minute, it was one of the weirdest experiences of my life. I was in church at the time, and at first I wondered if I had begun to fall asleep because everything around me seemed to look the same and yet different. I knew that I was not moving, but I was moving, and I knew that the walls could not be moving, but they were moving. Everything seemed...wavy...and everything that had seemed so sturdy before now seemed remarkably fragile. There was nothing solid to hold onto, and when it was over we all knew we would never be the same.
Matthew says there was an earthquake that morning, but to be honest, I am not sure there was an actual earthquake. Matthew is the only Gospel writer to mention it, and it happens to provide a nice bookend to the earthquake at Jesus' crucifixion (which he is also the only writer to mention). What I think, is that anyone who has lived through an earthquake would immediately grasp the point that Matthew is trying to make here: when you feel the very earth beneath your feet begin to move, you know that the world can indeed change in an instant, that the former things have passed away and that nothing will ever be the same. And whether or not the earth literally moved that morning, there is no denying that the foundations of the earth were shaken that day.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!It is a claim that inspires both fear and great joy. Clearly there is fear on the part of the guards. Matthew likens them to dead men and notes they too were shaken (and not just due to moving earth). They represent the power players – the ones who had killed Jesus just days before. Once the women and the angel left you know the guards had to have gone in that tomb and looked in every nook and cranny - not only because they would be held responsible but because they know what they saw, and when the tomb was sealed the body was there. They were afraid, and notice that the angel does not tell them not to fear. They are right to be afraid because they are the first ones of the empire to get the message that just because you have the power to make things happen, it does not mean you are right. That just because you have money doesn't mean you can really silence the truth. That just because you think murder is a good solution doesn't mean that God is thwarted because God can take on death and wrench the life right out of it. They too knew the world would never be the same. So while the guards ran back to the city to tell of what they had seen, the women kept their promise and ran to tell the eleven to “get thee to Galilee.” They too were were a little afraid. Afraid it wasn't real after all. Afraid they had somehow imagined seeing him again simply because they wanted to see him so much. But they had touched Jesus. They had taken him by the feet and he had spoken to them. This was a moment of great joy. And now they ran to tell the others. They had work to do. They had to get to Galilee. They had to start over. No, they got to start over! They got to start over! They would start over. They would start over. They would do all the things they had been blubbering about for the past three days.
“Oh if Jesus were still alive, I would pray just like he taught me to. “
- “Oh if Jesus were still alive, I would fish for people.”
- “If Jesus were still alive, I would love my enemy, stop judging others, and do unto others as I would have them do unto me.”
That was then.
This is now.
But the story is the same.Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! That is the good news of this day and every day since the first Easter morning. We all ought to shake. We may not be the power players, but we have done our own share of burying Jesus, or denying him, or simply ignoring him. But not today. Not anymore. We have work to do. We have to start over. We get to start over. WE get to start over! Hallelujah! The question is, how are you going to start over? What does the good news that Jesus is alive and here with us – up from the dead, out of the tomb, raised so that we too might have new life...what does that mean for you? What does it mean for how you will live your life? How are your foundations shaking, and what fear do you need to conquer to get to Galilee and begin again? As you entered this morning, you all received a blank slip of paper, right? Show them to me. Great. Those of you who have a pen or pencil please take it out now, and those of you who do not please look around and see which brother or sister can lend one to you. I want you all to take a moment and with your heart full of the joy that comes from knowing that death could not and cannot contain God nor God's purposes for this world, I want you to write down a promise to yourself and to God. A promise about the way you will start over now that you have seen him anew. What will you do, what do you get to do, now that Jesus has beaten death? Don't worry if you are a little afraid, we probably should be. This many committed Christians could make some serious changes in this city, in Colombia, and in the world. The guards might be trembling even now... I want you to hold onto those slips of paper and bring them up with your offering because that is what it is after all, right? It is an offering to God.
****Back to Curvaradó. As we left one afternoon we were stopped by a soldier at the edge of the humanitarian zone and asked to give our names. As person after person after person said they were pastors or women religious or elders in the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, you could see the young man begin to sweat. He wrote each of our names, but his handwriting became less and less steady. Having stopped us with great confidence, he waved us on without even looking us in the eye. He was, in a word, shaken. And while we were certainly not the resurrected Christ, we were his ambassadors that day. We too came to tell people not to be afraid because they were not alone. We could not (and did not) cure their problems with that visit, but our presence did proclaim that a belief in life and life abundant is stronger than the threat of death. We might be living in a Good Friday world, but we are an Easter people.1 Or as my friend put it, “In a culture of violence, we choose to live the resurrection.” And if we do that, my friends, if we live the resurrection, the world will never be the same.
May it be so.
1Barbara Johnson, Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools, 1992.
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Estas visiones del reino de Dios no son un escape. No solamente estamos esperando y soñando de un futuro con paz y justicia. Somos llamados a trabajar por este futuro con Dios cuyo trabajo en Jesucristo es para traer amor, reconciliacion y justicia a todas partes de nuestras vidas. Las realidades de nuestra situación aquí en Colombia – de la dominación de los poderosos sobre los que no tienen poder, de pobreza, de violencia, y de los efectos de de décadas de conflicto violento – estas situaciones nos llaman a creer y por creer entonces a trabajar por el reino invertido de Dios. Buy Periactin Without Prescription, Un reino donde el lobo y el cordero si viven juntos, donde el leopardo y el cabrito comen juntos. ¿Cómo parecerá este reino aquí hoy.
He vivido un año y no pretendo saber como es el reino invertido de Dios para los Colombianos. No sé como se ve la justicia, reparación, y reconciliación para las víctimas ni para los victimarios del conflicto armado. No sé como está trabajando Dios para realizar la humanidad y consciencia en los que han cometido actos graves de tortura y daño hacia otras personas. Pero yo sí sé, junto con los autores del himno que cantamos esta mañana y con las Israelitas que soñaron de liberación que Dios sí está trabajando aquí y ahora mismo, Buy Periactin Without Prescription. Dios está construyendo un reino – un reino invertido – y hay un niño pequeño que nos va a guiar. Tenemos este tiempo en la estación de Adviento para preparar por la venida de este reino.
Alégrate, O Israel, Emanuel vendrá. Amen.
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Richard Williams // First Presbyterian – Pampa, Tx // March 14, 2010
Mission in Partnership Salt and Light Matthew 5. 13-16
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Ambassadors for Christ Ambassadors 2 Corinth 5.17-20
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Earlier generations of mission workers worked in church planting, Cleocin buy, and later in church building. In 50s and 60s, along with many other shifts around the world, purchase Cleocin online no prescription, these churches that Presbyterian mission workers had founded were maturing, Buy Cleocin no prescription, with their own leadership and direction. Our relationship with them needed to change too, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. Partnership is the key word in mission in the Presbyterian Church (USA). So today, sale Cleocin, more and more, Cleocin paypal, PCUSA Mission Co-workers are doing less building, planting, and doing, buy Cleocin without a prescription, and more relating, Over the counter Cleocin, connecting, and accompanying. We are careful about which jobs are best and most appropriately done by people in our partner churches, Cleocin from international pharmacy, and which are done by mission workers. Cleocin in us, Our work in Colombia focuses on how our two churches connect to one another, how we can work together as equals, each striving to be a part of the great, buy generic Cleocin, wild, Online buy Cleocin without a prescription, exciting plan that is God’s mission. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, This difference is clear as Mamie and I work with the only other Mission Co-worker in Colombia from the US, Alicia Winters. Rev. Winters has been in Colombia a bit longer than us – about 33 years longer (!) - but we have a great relationship and love sharing and listening to her stories of her many years of work in Colombia, online buying Cleocin hcl. She has been a part of starting many of the local churches we work with in Colombia. Free Cleocin samples, She has trained almost every one of the Presbyterian pastors in the country. She has helped form the organizations that we work with nationally and internationally, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription.
But our job is different. We aren’t starting new churches – our Colombian colleagues are, Cleocin gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, and with gusto. Cleocin pills, We aren’t professors in the seminary or pastoring local churches. Those are all jobs that the Colombian church has taken as its own work. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, Mamie and I work with both our churches to find ways to be two strong, faithful, and prophetic peoples, speaking God’s truth and wisdom into each of our societies. We work with programs that link our two churches together through delegation visits and sharing of resources, order Cleocin from mexican pharmacy. We work with pastors in their development and education. Cleocin tablets, And we work with our church here in the US, to understand the story of our sisters and brothers - who are very far and lead very different lives – but are linked to us by our common humanity and our shared faith.
And a funny thing has happened in these past 20 years of focusing on the partnership aspect of Presbyterian mission, real brand Cleocin online. At first people focused on the ways that the our church could step back from previous roles, and be more supportive, maybe like parent’s watching their children grow, gain independence, and chart their own course, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. But the most exciting thing I see in our partnership with the Colombian church now is that our partners in Colombia are beginning to see ways that they can help our church. Ordering Cleocin online, We all are seeing how our involvement in God’s mission changes everything – not just those who are being helped, but those who are helping – even those who are just standing on the sidelines are changed. Mamie and I see Colombian churches sharing their worship services and resources with churches in here in the US they have a relationship with, Cleocin for sale. The Colombian church has a spirit of faithful evangelism and spirited worship – and churches here are hungry to learn from it. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, The Colombian church is showing people here how to speak up about the call of the Gospel towards the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized of society. Where can i buy cheapest Cleocin online, The Colombian church knows this well because its work with these people in Colombia comes with risk to the church – but they chose not to be silent. The Colombian church, which, order Cleocin online c.o.d, by the way, Cleocin in india, is 154 years old, the second oldest reformed church in the hemisphere, has always been a small church in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic society, Cleocin trusted pharmacy reviews. But they have a disproportionally large impact on the country as a whole, Where to buy Cleocin, mostly through its educational institutions, which have always imparted the Reformed focus on a commitment to service and working for social justice. Presbyterians in the US have so much to learn about how we can be a small yet faithful body of believers working for God’s will in our country, Cleocin san diego, in our community.
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Our Gospel text today is wonderful description of Presbyterian mission – Salt and Light, Cleocin price, coupon. You are the salt of the earth, Cleocin discount, You are the light of the world. The salt and light of Jesus’ parables are not symbols of strength or domination or of numerical size. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, They are symbols of what faith can do – in our lives, in our communities, in our world – even in the tiniest dose. Salt and Light – the calling of each of us in a hurting, buying Cleocin online over the counter, apathetic, Cleocin prices, and darkened world. We serve as salt and light with the Colombian church, and they serve as salt and light here with us, Cleocin from canadian pharmacy, if we have the eyes to see and the ears to listen. Buy Cleocin without prescription, Just to be clear, this idea of us chasing to keep up on the wild ride of God’s mission is not something new, not something theologians have dreamed up or not something our denomination has just come up with, delivered overnight Cleocin. It is at the root of our tradition. Two thousand years ago Jesus challenged the religious/political leaders of his day by proclaiming that the spirit of the Lord is present and bringing good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, and the Lord’s favor with the oppressed, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. Cleocin price, coupon, And Jesus was quoting from the even more ancient writings of the prophet Isaiah and the Hebrew Scriptures, which we read this morning. The Spirit of the Lord comes to us not in our comfort, Cleocin in japan, but as a calling to serve, Cleocin to buy online, to proclaim, to follow.
And this church, buy Cleocin from mexico, through its ministry to members here among us and to the wider community, Next day Cleocin, is very much a part of that tradition. God’s mission is certainly larger than the four walls of this or any church, and members here have been and are quick to recognize the need for thoughtful, buy no prescription Cleocin online, faithful, Where to buy Cleocin, and passionate work in society. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, A quick story about this church that has certainly shaped me – when this community celebrated its 75th anniversary, when every living pastor of the congregation came back and shared in the service, at one point there was a listing of the mission agencies that this congregation had been crucial in starting. It was almost every service agency in Pampa. Salt and Light, Cleocin prescriptions. Mission beyond these walls. Fast shipping Cleocin, A small group of faithful people with prophetic action. This is our calling, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. This church, through your prayers and financial offering, Cleocin in india, is also a part of the part of the witness and mission of the Colombian Presbyterian Church. Your support of us and of them is tangibly a part of their witness of Christ’s love and God’s justice in a country where violence and domination are the norm.
Our lesson from 2nd Corinthians continues our story of following in the footsteps of God’s un-folding mission in the world. Paul writes to the church of Corinth “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and had given us the ministry of reconciliation.” Our God is a God of reconciliation, a God who draws all things, everything, everyone, into a relationship of justice and wholeness. And because of that, we are called to be people of reconciliation. Whether that is in the violent conflicts of Colombia, calling for a just and peaceful resolution, or whether that is in the community of Pampa, reaching out across lines of race or class or other divisions, we are in this work because it is God’s work. Paul says further that we are ambassadors for Christ. We are the hands and feet of the living God, trusted with the reconciliation that Christ himself showed us.
A friend of ours in Colombia often tells a story to other people in the church there, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. It is a story of a Catholic parish. Maybe it is small, or maybe poor, but for some reason, the Church hierarchy has decided to close the parish. But the community of that parish erupts. They demand the parish remain open, because it is vital to their daily lives. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, Everyone is a part of the parish in some way, through service, or socializing, or worship, or organizing for better living conditions. The parish is everyone’s, and it is not the hierarchy’s to close. Only theirs to steward. Our friend ends with this question for Presbyterians in Colombia – what would happen if your church were to close. Who would erupt. Who would complain, Buy Cleocin Without Prescription. Who would notice. // Our measure as a church is not how well we serve our own members, but how well we serve those outside our church.
Salt and Light. Good News to the poor, the captive, the oppressed. Buy Cleocin Without Prescription, Ambassadors for Christ.
These are our guiding lights in following God’s mission. Make no small plans, First Presbyterian Church of Pampa, because much is expected of you. Blessings in your work. Thanks be to God.
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How interesting and powerful this experience of the Spirit, Lanoxin in mexico. Buy no prescription Lanoxin online, What a great blessing to celebrate the diversity and communication between different people. Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription, I have no doubt that God wants us all to communicate better, and that what has happened in this text can teach us that difference and variety are not anything to fear but rather an opportunity for people to talk to one another in the language of their hearts. There is much to learn from a lesson like that, delivered overnight Lanoxin. Saturday delivery Lanoxin, But it is not what I am really going to talk about so much today.
I do think the message of diversity and celebration is important, but after reading the text again this week what captured my attention was no so much the moment in which all the people were talking but rather in what they all were saying, real brand Lanoxin online. Rx free Lanoxin, They weren't sharing stories about their youth (like I just did) or discussing what they would eat for lunch. Tell me, Lanoxin prices, Lanoxin tablets, according to the text, what were the apostles talking about after the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them, order Lanoxin from mexican pharmacy. [the wonders of God]
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"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, delivered overnight Lanoxin, Where can i buy Lanoxin online, and to the ends of the earth."
I want you to remember that verse for a little bit, and now I want you toimagine yourselves looking at this wonder of Pentecost (as it is described in Acts) as if we were all in the street in front of 9th church right now, Lanoxin to buy online. Order Lanoxin from United States pharmacy, I say in the street because even though this all started inside, it is clear that at the end everyone is outside, where to buy Lanoxin, Buy Lanoxin online cod, taking the message to all who are around. Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription, So, imagine yourselves outside, not as one of the apostles, but as one of the devout Jews that came to Jerusalem for their festival day.
Tell me, what would you think, or how do you think you would feel, if you saw something like this happening?
What does the Bible say about those who were there. How do they react? [astonished, Lanoxin medication, Where can i order Lanoxin without prescription, disconcerted, perplexed, buy no prescription Lanoxin online, Sale Lanoxin, amazed, sneering, ordering Lanoxin online, Purchase Lanoxin online, they're drunk!]
Isn't it interesting that nowhere does it say those witnessing this are happy or joyful or that they are celebrating, admiring, saturday delivery Lanoxin, Lanoxin gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, enjoying what they are seeing. I would like to think that if I were in the same situation that I woudl react a little differently, Lanoxin trusted pharmacy reviews, Fast shipping Lanoxin, but I doubt that's true. More than likely I would have been confused, maybe fearful, and it is even possible that I would have been one of those sneering at what I was seeing so as not to think I had lost control of the whole situation.
But who in this text is not making fun of anything. Who is helping the people understand what is happening? [Peter]
Peter gets to his feet and says, "Let me explain to you all what is happening...it is related to what Joel said," and he begins to tell people their own story from the prophet Joel about the wonders of God. Peter, in this moment, is acting as a witness in Jerusalem - exactly as Jesus said would happen in Acts 1:8.
And it was then that I realized the purpose of this passage, Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription. Sure the part with tongues and fire gets your attention, but the purpose of all of it, the point, is to honor and glorify God. It is not a trick or anything magical. This is one of the wonders of God that is being used to share the good news with every person there, no matter where they are from and no matter what language they speak. Sisters and brothers, the movement of the Holy Spirit between us still serves to encourage us as prophets and witnesses of Jesus and to speak about the wonders of God because if we as Christians don't ever do that, who do we expect will?
I can promise you that there are still a world of people out there - good people, faithful and devout people - who need to hear your voice to help them understand all the clamor and noise in their lives. Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription, It could be that they are seeing miracles, wonders in their midst, but they can't recognize them because it all seems like a disorderly mess to them and they are stuck feeling amazed, perplexed, disconcerted...sneering at everything in order to fake a modicum of control. What they lack is the voice of Peter, or Caridad, Adriana, Oscar, Jacobo, or Nacha [members of 9th church]. They need you all to explain to them what they are seeing; they need for 9th church to be a community of prophets that will name the wonders of God that are occurring around them.
And when I say a community of prophets, I am not talking about you all telling the future - about what is going to happen next Wednesday, or who someone is going to marry. Prophets are the people that serve as witnesses to the wonders of God, those who make more clear the movement of God or the Spirit to transform the world and each of us. This testament comes in what we do as well as what we say. Later in Acts chapter two we can see how a community of believers lives, and it is by way of their lives that other people are added to their number.
So for example, today we might name the work that you all have done with the Movimiento Estudiantil Cristiano (Student Christian Movement) to fight against child abuse, Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription. What a wonder of God. Or there is bound to be someone here who has had a completely unexpected change in their life that for you shows the movement of the Spirit in your midst. These are the experiences that we must share and name as wonders of God. I am not saying that being a witness is easy to do, because it isn't, so I think it would be good if we practiced a little here together.
So if I asked you, what are the wonders of God that you have seen or known. What would you say?
Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription, It seems only fair to be my turn now. Let me tell you about a wonder of God from this past week.
This past Wednesday a displaced campesino (poor farmer) was killed in the department (state) of Sucre. His name was Rogelio Martínez Mercado. He was the leader of a group of displaced people who were (and are still) fighting for the recuperation of their land so they can start their lives again. He was on a motorcycle near his home in San Onofre when two men on another motorcycle rode past and shot and killed him. None of this was for the honor and glory of God, Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription. This was out of greed and a desire for power.
However, the response to this act of violece is important. People were not silent, not at all. Thursday a group of three people representing the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC) from this presbytery went to mourn the death of their brother in Christ and to show their solidarity with the family and the community. There they encountered people from all over the north coast, representatives of human rights organizations from Bogotá, officials from the governments of Sweden and Norway as well as the United Nations. All were there to condemn the assasination and to call for a different future for that community and for this country.
Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription, What happened did not immediately change a difficult situation. It does not assure that something like this will never happen again. But in the midst of the fear and confusion, in multiple tongues, with old people dreaming of a better day and young people envisioning their role in creating a more peaceful world - there the prophecy of Joel was alive. There was another Pentecost. Things such as this are for the honor and glory of God brothers and sisters. These are the continuing wonders of God.
Do not be confused that Pentecost was a time that is over or and event that only came once, years ago, and was left in the past, Buy Lanoxin Without Prescription. We are ever in the midst of Pentecost. The Spirit of God is not a gift that poured out but that is pouring out on God's servants always. Our responsibility is to be witnesses of those moments, to name them for all to see - in the Ceiba, in Barranquilla, in Colombia, until the ends of the earth. Amen..
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Good morning brothers and sisters. I want to thank you all for the opportunity to be be here with you all to share the word on this beautiful day. Surely the Lord is here in our midst, Ascorbic Acid san diego, amen. Order Ascorbic Acid online overnight delivery no prescription, Now we just wait the message that God has for each one of us, because the word of God does not return empty, even if it is preached by someone who does not fully speak the language in which she is preaching, saturday delivery Ascorbic Acid. Buy Ascorbic Acid Without Prescription, Well, this morning we have a pretty big text that has a lot to say, so let's go back and look at the passage again to place ourselves within the story that John is telling us. I warn you now that I am going to need your help during the sermon, Fast shipping Ascorbic Acid, ya' hear. All right...
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How do these verses sound to you, order Ascorbic Acid from United States pharmacy. That is, Buy Ascorbic Acid online no prescription, if you all did not have your bibles, and did no know the stories in it so well, would anyone here believe that the verses we just read could be the end of the book of John? Me, sale Ascorbic Acid, I could be convinced without much difficulty. Ascorbic Acid in mexico, It sounds like an ending. Even more, it says that there are more stories to tell, Ascorbic Acid to buy, but they are not written in this book, Buy Ascorbic Acid without a prescription, so it seems to me a little strange that there is still another story to come. Buy Ascorbic Acid Without Prescription, But since it is there, we need to take a good look at it.
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Another question, if someone had denied you in a critical moment in your life, buy Ascorbic Acid from mexico, what would you have done when you saw them again. What would be your first reaction? Buy Ascorbic Acid Without Prescription, I can promise you that my first response would not have been to make them breakfast, but anyway... Buy Ascorbic Acid online without a prescription, Looking at what Jesus did, we see that after breakfast he began to talk very intimately with Peter.
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So we can see that service also serves to evangelize the disciples again -- not in a manipulative way - never, Buy Ascorbic Acid Without Prescription. Jesus is not holding on to breakfast until they promise him something, no. Jesus shows that service is a sign of his love - nothing more and nothing less - and what better evangelizing, what better good news is there than the unlimited love of God. Jesus wanted to show them that ulthough it seemed that they had left behind or forgotten all of their experiences with him -- returning to the lake again, alone, to fish -- he still loved them with a love that could not be killed. And that such love would continue being a love filled with grace, a love filled with care, a tangible love-- one that could be seen, touched, shown.
Brothers and sisters, we must remember that the love of our God is great and has no end, but we must also remember that part of the praise and love of this same God that we celebrate today is a call to service of others with all of our hearts, with hands and feet ready, and with eyes open to see the opportunities that present themselves in order to fulfill the final word of our Lord in the text today.
And what are those words? [Follow me.]
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