Sunday was a good day at FBCPA. Dylan and Dustin Ha delivered the commandments from the heights of the sanctuary, the choir sang about “Many Gifts, One Spirit,” celebrating that “though we move on different pathways, we are walking to [God’s] your throne,” we considered those things that keep us in captivity and we prayed for the freedom that God promises to all. Special thanks to all those strong backs and willing hands that helped to lift one piano off its rollers and another onto that same set of rollers. We have been gifted with a nice piano for the Fellowship Hall, which will enhance the musical possibilities for that space.
This Sunday, the theme is “From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges.” I think this week’s exploration is crucial to the journey we are on. I am sure that many of you share my distress with some of the awful images of violence and destruction in the Bible, often portrayed as God’s command or will. What do we do with those “texts of terror”? Brian McLaren gives a way of looking at those texts as markers along the road we’re walking but not as the destination toward which we’re moving. The passages from Deuteronomy and the Psalms are exemplary of the glorification of violence and destruction in our biblical tradition, but in Matthew 15, we get a different perspective on God’s desire for justice, peace and well-being for all of creation.
In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will conclude our consideration of Dan Buttry’s Blessed Are the Peacemakers. We were introduced to several saints and heroes in the business of peacemaking and we will meet more this Sunday, especially some from our American Baptist tradition. And while we’re speaking of peacemakers, I encourage you to read the witness of a young African peacemaker, Boaz Kiebarak, in the “In the World” section above. This is one those Dan Buttry told us about when he was here.
Come join us as we worship in community and learn together what it means to be a peacemaker. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM.
God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.