Sunday, May 1, 2016
Scripture: Acts16:9-15 Empowered to Serve
Paul has been snacking late at night again… another vision, another crazy dream.
As you may remember, last week’s biblical “dream” was Peter’s, and it was filled with crazy creatures; all of which God said could be eaten. This vision re-ordered the dietary restrictions by which the community lived for generations. More importantly, it allowed Gentiles and Jews to join around the table. Unheard of!
This week’s vision brings an invitation to Macedonia. It leads the disciples to a gate, by a river, on the Sabbath day…where they meet a woman named Lydia, “a dealer in purple cloth.” Lydia, and then her entire household, are baptized. She invites the disciples to stay at her home, making this episode a well-known demonstration of biblical hospitality.
Biblical hospitality is a strong theme throughout the book of Acts. This practice was an important part of both Hebrew and Roman culture in that time, and so it became a core value of the early Christian Church. I don’t know about you, but I read the news these days and wonder if we’ve kind of dropped the ball on that part lately. Turning away refugees, legislating obscure “bathroom laws,” practicing bigotry and calling it religious freedom… Come Sunday and we’ll talk about how we might resurrect the ancient practice of radical welcome. And how the Spirit empowers each of us to share a “purple cloth” of our own.
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Our Shalom Statement
Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.
Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.
As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.
Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.
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