Greetings to all!
In a recent book, Under the Oak Tree, Ronald Allen, offers a new image
of the church as a "community of conversation." The image itself might
be worthy of some conversation. Consider Mr. Allen's description...
Churches as communities of conversation...conscientiously seek
to consider how others - including others outside the Bible and
the Christian house - might prompt the church to think afresh about
elements of its theology and practice. Instead of simply receiving
and applying past conversation, this community desires to participate
in conversation that may lead to reinforcement, enlargement,
reconsideration, or even rejection of the authority of aspects of the
Bible or tradition. A conversational church respects the Bible and
tradition, and listens carefully to their voices, adopting those
perspectives that are life-giving while having the freedom to critique
and even turn away from aspects of the Bible and tradition that
work against God's purposes. The conversation includes the
Scripture and tradition while going beyond these two voices.
(from "The Church as Community of Conversation")
The scripture lessons for Sunday, February 2 ...
1 Corinthians 1:18 - 31
Men's Coffee - Walnut Hill men are invited to gather for coffee each
Saturday morning, 8am, at Paneras on Richmond Road. Feel free
to stop by for as long or short a time as your schedule allows. No
Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, Feb 2, 10am, in
Trinity Hall. Our topic for this Sunday will be, "The Church as
Community of Conversation." Come enjoy a cup of coffee, join
the conversation, or just listen in.
"SOUP-ER BOWL SUNDAY" is this Sunday, Feb 2, immediately
after worship in Trinity Hall. Come enjoy a bowl of soup, and make
a donation to benefit God's Pantry. Let us know by reply email
if you would like to provide a pot of soup for this delicious annual
tradition. For more information about the nationwide campaign of
which our Souper Bowl Sunday" is a part, visit www.souperbowl.org .
The Church's 7 Deadly Secrets book discussion will be held on Sun,
Feb 2, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, at the Brockopp residence. This Sunday's
discussion will focus on chapters 5 & 6.
Peace to all.