Sunday, February 14, 2016
Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
I'm writing this from one of the public places that I've stationed myself today--Ash Wednesday--with ashes and blessings to share. Many of our church folks have met me in various locations. Some have brought friends. A few strangers have stopped by. Some received ashes. Others did not want the "imposition," (which is taking on a different meaning for me now), but were curious enough to stop and visit, and take some church info with them.
In addition to wanting to meet you all where you live, work, and use your gifts every day, I also hoped to engage some people we don't know. And the novelty of ashes in a bar, coffee shop, or book store is enough to make people stop and say "what is this about?" and "where are you from?" and "why do you do this?"
It really doesn't take a special occasion to create this kind of space. Every one of you can do it, every day in your own lives. I don't mean showing up at work with a Bible. Or going to a neighbor's door with an illustrated tract. But you can open doors in your own way. You can commit to being "radically present" to the people in your lives every day. You can show up in subtle yet unexpected ways that get people wondering about what you believe... and why you practice and serve in the ways that you do.
Hope to see many of you tonight at 7, as we hold our traditional Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary. And then on Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, we will go out to the wilderness with Jesus. We will try to hear the same voice he heard--the one that told him he did not belong "out there," in the common awkwardness and discomfort of humanness. And maybe, once we hear that voice, we can learn to put it behind us. And get out there in the world with our ashes, our good news, and our words of blessing.
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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