This week

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: John 4:1-42

The truth is a slippery thing.

One of the most divisive realities in our current context is the conflict over “fake news.” If we can’t even come to a basic agreement about where to get our news, who’s a reliable source and who is peddling propaganda, then how can we move forward on ANY meaningful issues? It’s a deeply disturbing factor in an already unsettling time.

As hard as it can be to discern the truth, it can be even harder to speak truth. Whether it’s telling our own painful stories, or speaking truth to power on a larger scale, there can be consequences. We don’t know how people will react, especially when the truth is hard to hear. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recent #MeToo movement. As more women come forward with stories of sexual assault, harassment and abuse, it becomes easier for other women to speak up. That doesn’t mean these stories are easy to hear. Culturally speaking, we are still often reluctant to believe a woman’s story as “truth” without first putting her through a battery of interrogation.
What was she wearing?
What’s her sexual history?
What’s the state of her mental health?
Is she on drugs? Does she work for a living? Is she on birth control? Has she ever committed a crime?

And on and on it goes.

Truth is hard to come by; sometimes even harder to tell. In our scripture this week, the word “Truth,” or some variation thereof, appears multiple times. Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well and asks her about her life. Her first response is not entirely truthful. From a brief conversation with him, she learns important truths about God; about herself; and about her own power to speak truth to others. In short, this woman who comes from the margins in so many ways goes away from a brief encounter with Jesus feeling empowered.

An empowered woman is a Wonder Woman.

I’ll give you three guesses what movie character we’re going to talk about this week in our “Resist” sermon series. Hint: she carries a lasso.

See you Sunday,
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, more info HERE.
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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