Preparation for Sunday August 14, 2011

Good Morning Friends,

I don’t know about you but I feel like this week is flying by? I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. I look forward to hanging out this evening at the farmer’s market (we’ll be there after 5) and hope we will catch some of you. I hope that you’ve had a chance to enjoy the sun, and find space for the things that bring you life this week. Take pleasure in the small graces and notice the ways that each moment can be a seen as a gift to us from God.

I’ve been thinking a lot about "religion" and the various approaches we have to this subject. Many believe that "God is on our side" but have very different ideas about who that God is, how we read the Bible (or other sacred texts) and what God calls us to. It’s amazing not only the diversity we see in our society, but the lack of unity we have due to some of these issues. I’d like to consider some of these questions both for their own value as well as an opening to our series in Exodus that begins in a week.

For Sunday, let’s focus on this Psalm (and supplemental reading if you’d like):

How very good and pleasant it is

when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,

running down upon the beard,

on the beard of Aaron,

running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon,

which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the LORD ordained his blessing,

life forevermore. (Psa 133:0–3 NRSV)

Supplemental reading: Genesis 45-50 (In preparation for Exodus)

Queries:

  • What comes to mind when you think of the word "religion?"
  • Why do you think unity is so hard today?
  • What might help form a new unity?
  • Where do you think God is at in these questions?
  • How might we as a church (continue to) be a place that promotes a healthy unity?

Blessings!

Wess