Good afternoon everyone,
I hope you’re all enjoying a bit of sunshine this week! I’ve taken advantage of the less rainy weather and have walked into work a few times this week. It’s been really nice!
This Coming Sunday:
- We have a called business meeting to approve our new budget. It will have right after our meeting for worship.
- Last Sunday Discussion Group: Canaan Fair Trade @ 7pm
Preparation for Worship:
This Sunday there will be no prepared message. Rather, Jason Twyman is going to host a conversation and leave space open all of you to respond to themes from Peace Month. If you want a refresher on the things we talked about here they are: Making Peace with Loss, Peace through Participation, Vail Palmer’s Visit on Being a Conscientious Objector, and Peace and Equality).
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children—
“My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
or lose heart when you are punished by him;
for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves,
and chastises every child whom he accepts.”
Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled. (Heb 12:1–15)
- What can we learn from our great cloud of (Quaker) witnesses?
- What stands out to you about the history of peace and social justice we’ve learned about this month? (You might name each of the individuals you’ve highlighted just to refresh people’s memories.)
- What particular callings or leadings around peace and social justice have you felt drawn to this month? Has anything new surfaced?
- What is one concrete step that you want to take to start moving forward on leadings you’ve heard?