Sunday, March 26, 2017
Worship Time: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
This week marks the middle of the Lent season, if you can believe it. We are halfway through our worship series and our Wednesday night study; halfway through those disciplines we may have adopted for the season (I’ve *mostly* done ok as a vegetarian); halfway down the road we walk with Jesus, toward Jerusalem; halfway to Easter—and hopefully more than halfway to Spring!
Maybe I can be a “mostly” vegetarian, but there are some things we can’t do halfway. Like serving our neighbors in need, and caring for those who suffer. A man in this week’s parable learns this the hard way… Every day, he passes by a poor man who is dying for want of basic necessities. But the rich man--even though he has more than enough--continues on his way. Then, both men die: the poor man goes to be rewarded at the side of Abraham, but the rich man… He descends to the mythical Hades, a place of eternal suffering.
This is dark stuff. We don’t usually venture into this kind of literal hellfire in polite Protestant company (mostly because we don’t believe God delights in sadistic eternal torment). But there are important lessons in this parable that, however uncomfortable, we need to sit with on this Lenten journey. Primarily, the truth that you can’t take it with you. There is real and urgent need in the world around us, and we are called to address it in real time. Not for fear of some afterlife punishment, but because our faith demands a life of active compassion.
Still, it is a Shalom Sunday, so we will edit the eternal damnation appropriately! Remember, like every story we hear this season, this is a parable: not to be taken literally, but certainly meant to be taken seriously.
Also this Sunday:
Taking Action and Speaking Up:
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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