Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Each year during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity our communities of faith gather to express the degree of communion which the churches have already received, and to pray together for the full unity which is Christ's will "that all may be one," as he and the Father are one. We see this desire for Christian Unity expressed in the text of Ezekiel in which he did not despair but proclaimed a message of hope for the renewal and the unity of God's people, "that they may become one in your hand."(Ezekiel 37:17)
As we gather once again and pray in the hope of Christian Unity may our actions and prayers embody the true peace, reconciliation, and unity which is to be found where God dwells. For Ezekiel and for our communities of faith this unity is not simply the joining of previously divided groups; it is God's intention for God's people that requires conversion and renewal. In this prayer for unity is found the hope that God's people may yet be one. (from The Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute)
The Scripture lessons for Sunday, January 25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Friday, January 16, 2009
A revolutionary, DVDbased exploration of the relevance of Jesus Christ for the third millennium featuring leading
religious voices of our day including
Borg, Crossan, Fox, Levine, and Spong.
Each session will include a 20 minute video segment and time for conversation and discussion.
Who was Jesus?
What can we know about him?
The world in which he was born.
What were his teachings?
Who killed Jesus?
Why is Jesus worth saving?
10:00 am Sundays in Trinity Hall starting January 18
Child care will be available
"Saving Jesus has been the most inspiring and thought provoking adult education series I have ever experienced in my 38 years of ministry. The presenters encourage us to ask important questions about our faith It also encourages us to embrace a greater understanding of faith that is inclusive and reconciling rather than unique and exclusive. The course speaks to the twenty-first century Christian and a twenty-first century global family."
Rev. David Wilkinson
Pastor, St. Francis in the Foothills UMC, Tucson, AZ