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Were You There, When They Crucified My Lord?
Sunday, March 26, 10:30am
Enough or Finished
Scriptures: Psalm 27, Luke 10:25-37
This Sunday’s sermon is on a story that everyone has heard—the Good Samaritan. It’s so well known that “Good” has become synonymous with “Samaritan”. There are many non-profit agencies who take the name “Samaritan” because it is so culturally linked to being kind and going above and beyond the call of duty to care for someone else. But Jesus did not use the “Samaritan” as the example of being neighborly because that’s what everyone thought, no quite the opposite. They were hated among the Hebrew people and the feeling was mutual, just so you know. Actually, it gets even more interesting that Jesus uses the Samaritans as the hero of friendship because just prior to his telling of this parable in Luke, (back in chapter 9:51-56), Jesus is rejected by a Samaritan city.
Jesus is defining neighbor, not by who “they are”, but by how “we” act toward them. “Who is my neighbor?”—a question that echoes throughout history is answered, once and for all, by Jesus that everyone is! The question then transforms from “who is my neighbor”, to “What is my obligation to them?” Jesus’ answer is love, love without conditions!
Oh, and if you were still reading this and wondering about my sermon title, Enough or Finished?--check out my blog. It’s a really funny story from Jesuit Priest, Father Greg Boyle in his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Be neighborly this week!
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Sundays, April 2, 10:30am
5th Sunday of Lent, Communion
TEACH US TO PRAY
Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
Prayer is one of the most simple and difficult things you will ever experience. How many things are both simple and difficult at the same time? Jesus’ disciples asked a great question in Luke 11 and Jesus’ response here is different from the more commonly recited “Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. Whereas Matthew is primarily focused on end-time ramifications of God, here, Luke is dealing with the daily difficulty of faithfully journeying with God.
Here, we must remember the Temptation of Christ in the wilderness, back in Luke 4. Where Jesus faced the temptations of the material world, power, and status, Jesus teaches us to pray with those three temptations on our minds, in reverse—“hallowed be your name” (status)—“your kingdom come” (power)—“give us our daily bread” (material). Then we can forgive, not to coerce God into a transactional forgiving of us, but as a lived expression of our trust in God being met by God’s loving mercy toward us. The final expression of Jesus’ teaching prayer is not a plea for God not to mislead us, but as wee remember the temptation, we see the Holy Spirit guiding Christ into the wilderness where he was tempted. Being faithful to God is no guarantee that we will not face trials, but it is a promise of God’s sustaining presence in the midst of struggle. This portion is such a fundamental prayer that he will evoke it upon his disciples again at the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:40, 46).
Teach us to pray? Oh, how simple and difficult it is. Talking to God, sharing our struggles, leaning into the Spirit no matter the circumstance—that is what it means for the Community of God to pray.
April 9, 10:30am
Easter Sunday, April 16
6:14am Sunrise Service and Breakfast.
A joint worship service on the lawn with Misión Bautista.
Breakfast in Wilson House follows the service.
10:30am English service in the church sanctuary
12:30pm Spanish service, Misión Bautista.