Good Afternoon Everyone!
This coming Sunday we have a visitor joining us! Carole Spencer, recorder minister and Quaker theologian and historian, will be discussing the Quaker peace testimony with us. Many of you already know Carole and were hear the last time she preached at Camas. This will be the last time she visits us for awhile as she’s moving to Richmond Indiana to take up a full-time professorship at Earlham School of Religion.
The passage that she has asked we reflect on in preparation is:
“Thus says the LORD:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.
Happy is the mortal who does this,
the one who holds it fast,
who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it,
and refrains from doing any evil.
Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say,
“The LORD will surely separate me from his people”;
and do not let the eunuch say,
“I am just a dry tree.” For thus says the LORD:
To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
I will give, in my house and within my walls,
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples. Thus says the Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already gathered.”
Jesus quotes from this passage when he kicks out the moneychangers from the temple:
“Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’;
but you are making it a den of robbers.”
The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. (Matt 21:12–14 NRSV)
Are we a community that welcomes all people? Does our meeting embrace people of a different race, cultural or ethnic identity? What would we risk to be that kind of community?
Hope you’re having a great week.
I will see some of you tomorrow evening at the meetinghouse at 6:30 for our book group and the rest of you on Sunday!
Pastor at Camas Friends Church
1004 NE 4th Ave
Camas, WA 98607