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Sunday July 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 begin 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.
The first sermon is “Babylon: Recognizing It” and explores some reasons why we may fail to recognize the “Babylon” aspects of our modern world. Our texts are Matthew 5:1-12 and Psalm 137:1-6.
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!