Sunday, December 4, 2016
Worship Times: 8:30 & 10:45 am
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
This Sunday, we have another warm fuzzy Hallmark card image to contend with: the lion shall lay down with the lamb. That’s lovely.
But I’m fresh out of lions. And lambs. So now what?
As always, this vision of peace is one that eludes us in real time. The idea of predator and prey resting together is utterly counter to nature. And the peace that image represents—a complete absence of conflict on a global scale—runs counter to human nature.
That’s why—as we learn throughout the Advent season-- we have to be intentional about peace. We have to choose that path daily, in big ways and small, if we want to live into God’s greater vision for humanity; one that is absent of violence and war.
We can scarcely imagine such a world. But in fact, our faith is rooted in such a story-- as is the faith narrative of every other major world religion. It’s true. Every faith tradition contains a call to reject violence and choose the more difficult path of peace. Come Sunday, we’ll talk about how our many different faiths and cultures might intersect in the language of peace; how the prophet showed us the way to that sacred intersection; and how the child whose birth we await might still lead us there, together. Amazing Peace is possible. For us, for the world, and in real time. Come and see.
Also on Sunday:
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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