This week’s focus scriptures include Jesus’ first “sermon,” as recorded by Luke, the majestic Psalm 19 and a passage from Nehemiah. That’s right, Nehemiah. I wonder how many of you could turn right to it. I know I had to look it up. It is a moving story of the priest, Ezra, reading the Torah to the assembled people in the desecrated streets of Jerusalem after their return from exile in Babylon. The text says the people wept and then they rejoiced to hear the “word.” How often are we led to tears and cheers when we hear the good news read or proclaimed? It’s the incredible spirit of the law that speaks to the people, not the legal restrictions. The same is true when the Psalmist sings of creation’s praise of the Almighty and when Jesus when proclaims the freedom and equality that will come with the “acceptable year of the Holy One.” All these years later, can we claim for ourselves that the word (Word) goes out, our spirits our enlivened and God’s Beloved Community appears on the horizon? Through our tears can we say “Amen! Amen!” – Let it be so! Let it be so!?
We have had a couple of good experiences with planning our Advent/Chrstimas/ Epiphany worship, so Pastor Gregory and I are inviting you to a Lenten/Easter planning workshop this Sunday after worship. Because this is a longer season, we will organize the work differently with groups to consider theme. music, art, liturgy, etc. This way you can concentrate on an area of particular interest to you. This event is planned for all ages, so parents, children and youth are encouraged to participate. This is a great opportunity for you to give your input to worship at FBCPA.
Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship, study and the sharing of community. Bring someone along share in the experiences of the day.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.