Jeremiah 31:31-34

Good afternoon everyone,

Every week I send out an email to aid in preparation for Sunday. But before we get to that a couple words about this coming Sunday. As you know, Ben Pink Dandelion will be here visiting and preaching on Jeremiah 31. This is the last message on Jeremiah, which we’ve been covering for a couple months now.

Those of us at Camas Friends are really looking forward to Ben’s visit. A group of us read through his book "The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction," during the summer and so we’ve been anticipating this Sunday for awhile (and we’ve got many questions for him!). We have also invited other Quakers and their meetings to join us for our meeting for worship and the potluck that follows. So we really look forward to seeing all of you who will be visiting as well. If you are able to bring food to contribute to the potluck that is appreciated as we are expecting to have a full house, but either way you are all welcome to stay afterward and share a meal with us.

People usually begin arriving around 10:30am for coffee and pastries and our worship begins at 10:45am.
Here is a map to our meetinghouse http://goo.gl/maps/3LtM

We look forward to seeing all of you. Now onto the biblical text and queries Ben sent:

Jeremiah 31:31-34

“The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. (Jer 31:31–34 NRSV)

Queries:

  • What does covenant mean for us today?
  • Do you feel the law written on your heart?
  • Are we a forgiven people?’

Grace and Peace,

Wess