This week

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

Rev. Mark HarmonScripture: John 1:43-51

I just recently got around to watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War. I didn’t watch it when it was originally broadcast because I knew it would remind me of the fear I felt as a teenager approaching draft age in the late sixties. While I would be lying if I said that part of my fear was grounded in the possibility of being killed or wounded in combat, the greater fear was grounded in the expectation that I would have to kill or wound another human being just to survive. I knew from my experiences of hunting with my dad that even killing an animal created a great sense of guilt in me and I couldn’t imagine the guilt I might feel over killing another human being.

When I finally decided to watch this documentary there wasn’t any motive other than the fact that there was nothing else on television. One of the interesting aspects of the documentary was the interviews with survivors of this war – both American and North Vietnamese. One of those who appeared multiple times was a man named John Musgrave.

John was stationed near the demarcation between North and South Vietnam – an area of frequent and fierce battles. As a part of his recollection of that time, he said he only killed one person in battle during his time there. The sense of guilt he felt afterwards drove him to vow that he would never kill another human being. Shortly after making that vow, one of his fellow soldiers – a close friend – was killed by an enemy mine. He said it was at that moment he made a commitment to kill every member of the enemy he encountered. In his mind his new vow didn’t contradict his previous vow or rescind it because the North Vietnamese soldiers were no longer individual human beings in his eyes. They were now part of a hated group known by all of the racial slurs he had been taught to use for the North Vietnamese in boot camp. It was only years later that he recognized that all racism is dependent on seeing people as objects rather than human beings. We use labels to deny the uniqueness of each person and to lump them into groups based on the ways in which they differ from us. Once that’s done, it’s easier to degrade, devalue, despise and even destroy them without any sense of remorse.

This Sunday we’ll be looking at the story of Nathaniel’s encounter with Jesus and how Philip’s invitation to “Come and see” might be more than an invitation to discipleship – it might also be a challenge see others as individuals and to break the cycle of bias and prejudice that plagues our world today.

I hope to see you there.

In Peace,
Rev. Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries

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

Job Opening - Part-time Youth Minister
We are hiring for the position of Youth Director (part time). Please see this LINK for the job description and email for more information.

Upcoming Events:
• Ramadan Dinner - May 24: 8:00pm, Friends Hall, more info on the MISSION page.
• Sizzling Summer Kick-Off Picnic - June 3: Sign up in the Hearth Room or
• VBS - June 18-22: Rolling River Rampage VBS is coming soon! Registration form on the CHILDREN'S page.

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

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