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Sunday, July 21 @ 11:00 am
All are welcome to join us for worship, which includes contributions from members and clergy alike who lead us in a weekly expression of our faith.
This Sunday we will hear the second in a two-part sermon series that is centered on Psalm 137 – “By the rivers of Babylon …” The series considers our modern world as, in many ways, “Babylon,” a foreign land neither shaped by nor living out God’s command to love.
In the first sermon in this series – “Babylon: Recognizing It” – we explored three reasons we may fail to recognize our modern Babylons: They come on slowly. We get used to them. They’ve been present our whole lives.
This Sunday we’ll consider how we arrive in “Babylon.” with the sermon entitled “Babylon: Sliding In.” Our texts are Genesis 3:1-7, 22-24 and I Samuel 8:4-10, 19-22.
The series was inspired by the late William Stringfellow’s book “An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land.” Stringfellow defines what he means by Babylon and its opposite, Jerusalem, in these words:
Two societies are prominent in the biblical witness. There is Babylon, and there is also Jerusalem. Babylon is the city of death, Jerusalem is the city of salvation; Babylon, the dominion of alienation, babel, slavery, war, Jerusalem, the community of reconciliation, sanity, freedom, peace; … Babylon, an abomination to the Lord, Jerusalem, the holy nation; Babylon, doomed, Jerusalem, redeemed.”
Elder Barkley Butler will be preaching.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!