Scripture and Queries for Sunday January 15th

Good Afternoon Everyone,

What a glorious, if not also a bit chilly, and sunny day we’re having here in the Northwest! I hope that your week is going well and that those of you who have been sick are on the mend. I’m fighting a cough at the moment myself but the sunlight sure is helping. 😉

A couple things you might like to know about:

  • Next Monday there is a Candlelight Vigil to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Esther Short park starting at 5:30pm and ending with a viewing of a documentary at the Kiggins Theater. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, you can find more information on facebook by following this link.
  • Next Wednesday evening we are kicking off our Soup and Bread small groups for 2012 with a special event on Martin Luther King’s "Poor People’s Campaign" this event is open to the public and we’re expecting at least some outside visitors. It should be a good time. If you’d like to help prepare a pot of soup, bring bread or other food items, or help with childcare please let me know, we’re going to need a few extra hands for this wednesday.

For Sunday, we continue our Peace month on Quaker testimonies by looking at the testimony of peace.

From Epistle of James’:

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” (James 3:13–18 NRSV)


  • What are ways that you have worked to sow peace in the year? Or how have you been a recipient of someone else sowing peace?
  • How are we engaged in peace work now, as individuals or as a church?
  • Are we doing a good job to support those in our community directly involved in vocations of peace-building? If so, how can we improve? If not, how can we begin?

See you Sunday!