Worship with us Sundays at 11 - Venga a adorar con nosotros los domingos a las 11
Here’s the big pivot: it’s not a question of whether or not you’re worthy of God’s love. Everyone is. Good News isn’t really good unless there’s something tough about it.
Check out Pastor Kaji’s blog: “Does God Have a ‘Blocked’ List? A Sermon on ‘Them’” http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2018/06/does-god-have-blocked-list-sermon-on.html
“Here I am,” and, “send me,” are wonderfully brave phrases that take a lot of courage to stand up and say, but they aren’t useful, and you can’t say them, if you don’t know that there is a call and a need. However, most of my life has been spent doing more speaking than listening. Only when I learned to stop, and listen did I hear God’s call and with the courage to say, “here I am,” did my life’s work take on deeper meaning. Being able to listen, especially this week after Pentecost, is the crux of justice in our faith lives. God is reaching out to us. Asking us to love deeply no matter what the cost. Pulling us towards justice and peace in every corner of our life. But what practices do we have in our lives to make sure we are listening?
A new voice in the pulpit is always a treat, and an incredible gift to this community. This Sunday, we welcome Jonathan William Soto as guest preacher. Jonathan is a community organizer and social justice activist with over a decade of experience building coalitions and organizations within government, academic and grassroots spaces. Soto currently serves as the Associate Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives at Union Theological Seminary. Union is the country’s oldest independent seminary and shares an affiliation with neighboring Columbia University. Read more on Jonathan here: https://www.parkavenuechristian.com/about-sundays-guest-preacher-jonathan-soto/
Jesus preached repentance and forgiveness
before he went up into heaven.
But some of us get stuck at the beginning
before we even make it to the end
And when we do this, we lose the Good News, folks.
Some of us linger only at the “sins” we
choose to care about in others
while completely forgetting
our own needs to repent.
And when we do hang too tightly to the
repentance, some of us completely forget that
forgiveness is grace.
Excerpt from Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2018/05/never-read-comments-ascension-sermon-of.html
If you’re feeling lost, if you’re wondering where you might need to find yourself, go back to Jesus, and listen to him. Because Jesus said, “Abide [meaning be, live, rest] in me.” Abide in Jesus, and everything else will fall into place.
You bless others when you stand in your strength.
Humiliation cannot stop you, nor can shame.
Know your place – as God’s beloved.
From Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2018/04/humiliation-as-control.html