Saturday, February 11, 2017
Responding to the letter below:
I remember a person at Broadmoor Community Church who became very frightened after hearing a sermon based on this scripture. Am I a goat.?! To me, that incident points to the
the need for new lenses which will present reality as it really is.
It does involve a reversal of a seemingly prevalent belief in separation to an experience of wholeness. The experience
seems to be most simply expressed by the two words: "I am," words of Jesus, which appear on the wood carving at the entrance to our sanctuary. The simplicity is often overlooked. By use of the
"I am" lens, the scripture here (Mt 25: 31-40) more clearly unfolds. An experience of awakening (to I am) rolls down into the world to feed the stranger. Goats wake up to their true identity as
sheep! And, the radical equality, which Jesus and other teachers have expressed, is experienced as the reality of wholeness in all of us. Beyond belief!
This Lent 2017 we will be preparing a Lenten devotional written and prepared by the people of Broadmoor Community Church. We are hoping to choose 14 church folk that will be willing to share a little piece of themselves this Lenten season.
During the season of Lent, our worship service and children’s/youth programs (10am) will be guided by the theme: Roll Down, Justice, a theme that will allow us to learn more about the prophets of the Old Testament, their vision for the present and future and how to reach out across the divides. This Lent will be a time of moving up stream, inspired by the waters of our baptism. Following worship (11:30am) we will go deeper by learning about local area agencies that are working for a just and peace community.
For the Lenten devotional we will have 2 devotionals per week. For example the third week, Sunday, March 19. The scripture text for that week is Matthew 25:31-40.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a]you did it to me.’
The overarching theme for that week is: “I Dream of a church: Christ’s Representatives.”
Our hope is that you will use the text and the theme to write a short devotional, 1-2 reflection questions and/or a image that goes with your devotional. Please choose a title, place your full-name and your age if you feel comfortable. The devotional can be any personal story you have had or thoughts on faith that pertain to the scripture text and theme. Please use no more than 150-200 words and submit to Marta Fioriti, email@example.com & Corina Hurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.