Starting this week, let’s talk about some hard questions.
I answered one for myself on Sunday: “Will Chef Boyardee ravioli be edible?” and the answer was overwhelmingly yes! Thank you very much to our Church in Society ministry for serving the dinner we serve at the Austin Street Shelter, and for decking the Fellowship Hall out in an informative (and rather tasty) outreach luncheon.
But theologically, let’s talk about some challenging conundrums. And let’s do it intentionally. Beginning this Sunday, a new sermon series is going to take us all the way up to Advent: Hard Questions. Over five weeks, we’ll delve into, dive through and discern “Is God Loving or Angry,” “Does Death Still Have Power,” “What is Hell and Who is There,” “Are Other Religions Wrong,” and “Will Christ Come Again?” This week, Zane will be preaching his first sermon with us on the character and agenda of God—and the answer may surprise you.
Speaking of that which may surprise you—have you filled out your pledge card yet? Remember, this year, we’re collecting them but not looking at them, creating a budget and plan for 2015 based on faith in God as provider, and all of us as responders. How you choose to respond to the graces and gifts of God with your own gifts and graces is… well, how you choose to respond. And on this Sunday, we’ll dedicate the cards in sealed, addressed envelopes (please put your address on your envelope) to be ready to be sent back to you halfway through 2015. You are called to be stewards of all that you have and are; how you respond is how you respond.
Speaking of responding, thank you to the folks who have responded to my request to check in. Again: I’d love to see how y’all are doing. If that means I can invite myself over for dinner, meet up with you for lunch, grab a cup of coffee in the morning, or check in and see how you’re doing in some other way, let’s schedule it. You have some time now to give me a call—or else I may be calling you.
That sounds rather ominous, doesn’t it? But so, too, does preaching on hard questions! Ha! It all wrapped back around to the beginning. I’m so proud of myself. I’m proud of you, too, and thrilled to be your pastor. Let’s keep on keeping on in the Reign of God, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.