Happy Wednesday to you. Is anyone else tired from staying up late to watch all of the returns? Whatever your feelings about the election, let’s be reminded that as the church, national politics can be important, but they are not the purpose or end all of our existence together. Our goal is to identify as "Friends of Jesus, listen to Christ together in expectant worship, conduct our daily lives in the manner of Friends, and the work we do together as a community to love our neighbors. We can have hope that American politics is only a vehicle to certain ends, while the "politics of Jesus," as we might say, are for us the true goal of our lives.
Tonight: Soup and Bread – Human Sexuality
As we’ve been announcing now for quite awhile, tonight we will begin a public discussion around human sexuality, the bible, and issues that face our yearly meeting. I am really excited about this opportunity to learn, listen and discuss together these important issues. If you are a part of Camas Friends Church and this is a topic you want to learn more about and hear other’s perspectives on it, I hope you will join us.
I am asking that if you plan to attend, that you make the commitment to attend all of our sessions (5). I have invited a variety of guests to come and speak and lead us in Bible study. We will watch some films and listen to some radio programs as time allows.
- Dinner is at 6pm. Our discussion will start promptly at 6:45pm.
- There is childcare available and we do ask that people help with donations so that we can make sure that this is available for those who need it.
- Jason will be leading the youth group during our meetings from 6:30-8pm.
This Sunday is what we call participation Sunday. We are asking that you prayerfully consider the ways in which you feel led to participate in the life of Camas Friends over the next year. By filling out the participation cards we’ve sent out in the mail, we will have a better understanding of what we might do together as a community in the coming year. Please bring these cards with you this Sunday morning. We will turn them in during the offering.
The text for Sunday is Mark 12:38-13:2:
“As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
- What do you like best about this story?
- Where are you in this passage?
- When you have heard this passage in the past, how have you thought about it?
- Consider what this passage might teach us about what it means to participate in God’s work in the world.
Blessings on the rest of your week,