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How we tell our stories matters. Listen below to find out some ways of telling your story that will make a difference. Also, perhaps we can interpret the blind seeing as creating a world full of braille and funding for seeing eye dogs. Some people with disabilities think about healing, often of the world, instead of cure. So what do we do with Matthew 11:2-11 where Jesus says he'll bring sight to the Blind? Listen to find out! This sermon for Advent 3 was preached at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, IL on Dec. 15, 2019.
What is work?
This sermon helps us reckon with holding up when times are hard, why some of us have it easier than others, and helps the listener respond to these texts in a faithful way. What is your work of discipleship? It also mentions how the primary text,2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 has been used to hurt people in the past. Luke 21:5-19 and Malachi 4:1-2a are also mentioned.
Where is Hope? What Can I do?
1. How did where you were born affect your ability to work?
2. How do you define work?
3. Do you belong to a Christian community? Why or why not?
4. If you do, what *work* of discipleship might Jesus be inviting you into today?
What does it mean when we don't want healing for others? Explore the story of Jesus healing the bent over woman from the perspective of Jesus, the woman (we called her Sally), and the Pharisees. We are all a little like each character. What is Jesus inviting you into today?
On the 400th
We celebrated the 400th anniversary of first enslaved Africans arriving on the shores of what would become the US to be sold into lifelong, hereditary, chattel slavery. Although enslaved Africans were already on US soil, they were brought with them by English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In last August 1619, 20 kidnapped people arrived to be treated a property for generations. We used the worship texts from the So Cal Synod (full disclosure: I helped write them) and the Confession from Disrupt Worship (I was honored to help edit this one.) Here are resources and links to learn more.
Where's Your Place?
Jesus' friends Mary and Martha are spending time with him. Hear this story as an invitation from Jesus to let go of cultural rules -- for both Mary AND Martha.
The Story of the GOod Samaritan
Concepts Referenced in the Sermon
More Information and next Steps
If you see Ice:
What To Report
When you see ICE in your neighborhood,
1. Write down every detail of what you see and hear. This includes:
Casa has Community leaders in all counties surrounding the city that can respond to an incident. They have networks to identify any people who have been taken and get them help. They can provide services two family members who have been left behind. It's really important that you call this number.
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If you are not an immigrant, perhaps you could print some of the cards at the end of the document below and have them available to hand out, or event on tables at your churches.
At the button below is a direct link to the "know your rights" hand‐out that Casa provides. It is mostly geared toward immigrants. But in it is important information for you to know. For instance, you need to know that if ICE demands information from you about your neighbors you have no obligation to tell them anything or to say a word. This is extremely important.
ICE is allowed to lie to you. They can say they are police. They can say that they can arrest you for saying nothing. They will fish for information in a sneaky way, any possible way to get information from you about the people they are targeting. No question is an innocent question. Doesn't show you false documents or false identification. Do not become an accidental volunteer for them.
Pastor Jess loves preaching and wants church to be about Jesus. The end. (Or read the rest of the site for more.)
Church Of The Future
Defining Yourself And Others
Eternal Life Is Here And Later
Grounded In Tradition
Jesus Had A Body
Jesus Is With Us
Jesus Knows Us
Jesus Was A Brown Middle Eastern Jew
Kingdom Of God
Looking For Jesus
What Is Church?
Where Is God?
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