This week

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Christian Education for Children, Youth & Adults: 9:30am

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

How do you capture the essence of a story that has spanned 5 decades—amounting to 14 movies, 3 different tv series, and more than 700 episodes?

Maybe you can’t. It’s a narrative, a world, and a cast of characters too complex to try and wrap up in a 20 minute sermon. But we can’t really do a sermon series about resistance in movie themes without featuring Star Trek in at least some of its expressions.

Our scripture this week is about unity and diversity within the Body of Christ. As modern day values go, “diversity” has become one of those complex trigger words. Some dismiss diversity as a hollow ideal, just more “politically correct” rhetoric with no real meaning. Others claim that diversity is killing us, openly embracing racist and nationalist speech to justify everything from police brutality to inhumane treatment of immigrants. But Paul tells the church at Corinth that diversity is critical to their survival: “The body does not consist of one member, but many…if one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”

I may not be a well-versed Trekkie like some of you, but I do know this: the whole ethos of the thing is about exploring the rich diversity of life in the universe. Kirk, Spock and company understand the essential truth that better understanding of other life forms leads to peace and prosperity for all.

Like scripture itself, the narrative thread of Star Trek is vast and wide and spans many generations. But that complexity only solidifies its place in our cultural canon, reinforcing its broader themes time and time again. So pick whichever movie (or series) you like best and watch it again before Sunday. I’m in the middle of Beyond myself. Yes, the reviews were scathing, and the party faithful said it was the worst. Episode. Ever. And yet… there’s this one quote that grabs me from the very beginning: “If the universe is truly endless, are we not forever striving for something out of reach?”

That well may be. Maybe our ideals of unity and diversity are always out of reach; maybe there is always something unknown and unknowable about God; maybe the answers to our biggest questions will always be just beyond our grasp, a truth that is “out there” somewhere eluding our human capacity. But that’s all the more reason to do this faith thing together. To boldly go, and keep looking for what it is that makes us human and holy, all at the same time.

Come Sunday! And go boldly with us.

Erin
Rev.Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday:
Adult Education: 9:30 am in Friends Hall - more info on the ADULT EDUCATION page.

Upcoming Events:
Animal Blessing - Oct. 6:
9am on the Patio
Regional Assembly - Oct. 6: 11am, Community Christian. Something for the whole family! Info & registration HERE
• Apple Fest & Apple Baking Contest - Oct. 7: 11:45am Friends Hall; sign up in the Hearth Room
Tall Oaks Gala - Nov. 9:
Sign up in the Hearth Room to donate and/or attend or go to this LINK for info.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.
• Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Friends Hall, 7:00-8:30 pm


Previous Sermons:
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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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