Sermon: “The Cost of Amazement”
Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22; First Thessalonians 1:1-10
Note in the gospel passage how those trying to trap Jesus hear themselves shamed in front of the crowd, and then he answers their question in a way that “amazes” them. I am struck by this notion of what is was like to be caught in the gaze of Jesus, and think they must have been shaken to their very core as to how they saw themselves. I think this is close to what many conversions are like, when someone begins to see themselves from the divine perspective, and yet somehow feel beloved in spite of it all. I am also remembering Bonhoeffer’s “Cost of Discipleship”, and think there is a cost to seeing oneself from this divine perspective…..
Join us for worship on Sunday, October 12th at 10:30 a.m., and for coffee and fellowship after the service.
Sunday, October 19th: We will meet in the Green Room after coffee hour. Jesus said, ‘When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” Bring your prayers about whatever joys or concerns you may have on your mind and in your heart. All are welcome to attend.
Talk Poetry – Hear the Truth!
Poetry Jam hosted by Clint Smith, National Poetry Slam Champion
Come to the Social Justice Poetry Night to hear some powerful, inspiring words on the biggest issues plaguing our society. The event features Clint Smith, Alison Bwalya Erlwanger, Katerina Canyon, and local, young poets. All donations from the event go to the Center for Teen Empowerment (http://teenempowerment.org/).
5:00 pm: Community reception to meet the artists (free)
6:00 pm Performance by Clint Smith and area poets
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Center for Teen Empowerment in Somerville
The event is organized by the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in collaboration with the Nave Gallery as part of the exhibition Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice. The show celebrates the 10-year partnership of the Nave and the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in showing and supporting the work of hundreds of artists, while reinforcing a mutual commitment to strengthening the community through art activism. Truth Telling is a celebration of this partnership and an assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.
Conversations on Eco-Justice:
Wednesday, October 22nd: Introduction to the Watershed Discipleship Movement
What does Christian discipleship have to do with our local watershed, our farms and gardens, and the ecosystems on which all life depends?
The interlocking crises of deepening climate change, resource exhaustion, and social disparity are stalking our history. To truly face these crises is to commit ourselves, as Christians and citizens, to radical and urgent changes that are both profoundly political and personal. What are the perceptions and practices that center on ecological and economic resiliency, restoration, and renewal?
Anyone who is interested in the intersection of Christian spirituality and ecological restoration is encouraged to attend!
Gathering begins at 6:30,ending at 8:00 p.m. in the Green Room.
Public Welcome!! Booklets available at the meetings.
We will celebrate with joy the baptism of the son of Laura and Ryan Ma on Sunday, October 26th. May God’s blessings be with their family.
ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
Nave Gallery – Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice
Special exhibit! The Nave Gallery, located in our building, will be holding a special show in October. Celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary, it’s called Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice and will be curated by our former pastor, Karl Gustafson. Please note Sunday, October 5th, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in your calendar, and plan to attend the opening! Karl will be visiting the area for a week, and will be at the opening.
The Blues as Truth-Telling: Scott Ainslie in Concert
Sunday, October 26th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and civil rights today with noted blues historian and musician, Scott Ainslie.
5:00 p.m.: Community Reception to meet the artist (free)
6:00 p.m.: Concert and discussion ($10.00 suggested donation)
Public welcome! More information about Scott Ainslie at http://scottainslie.com/