On our journey through Lent, Brian McLaren is challenging us with some of the most important and difficult texts in the New Testament. The “Sermon on the Mount” sets high standards for living at the same time it invites us into the Beloved Community of God. As we were reading Matthew 5:17-48 on Tuesday, Thelma Parodi asked, “Where’s the grace in this?” – a fair question. It’s a good thing that we are taking time to explore the entire compendium known as “The Sermon the Mount” this Lent. By the time we are finished I think we will find more than enough grace to go around.
Sunday’s text from Matthew 6 focuses on the practice of prayer and includes “The Lord’s Prayer.” Many sermons have been preached and many volumes written on the topic of prayer in general and “The Lord’s Prayer” specifically. What is prayer for you? Though there are numerous paths to prayer, it seems to me we might agree that prayer is that which brings us closer to God, which supports and enlarges that sacred relationship. Routine ritual may not bring us very close at all while moments of complete surprise may lift the veil to the Holy One. One thing Jesus is clear about is that prayer must be engaged in humility.
For the rest of the Lenten season, Adult Spiritual Formation will focus on The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink. This book is a consolidation of material from his trilogy on theology and power and gives unique insight into the practice of nonviolent resistance as the Christian’s call to confront conflict.
Come at 10:00 AM and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation. Bring some others along to share the day.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.