DAVID'S REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATIONS
July 2 , 2015.
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Prayers please for all the chruch communities that have had their houses of worship burned down. Blessing to all of them and to all those that will help them all rebuild.
Prayers for the people of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Prayers for our nation that we might find healing for the soul tearing wounds that such tragedies cause in our hearts, in our communities, in our families, and in our relationships.
Prayers for all peoples of all races and all faiths that we might come together as one.
Prayers for Peace Shalom Salaam Alaykum:
Sunday's Gospel is found in Mark 6:1-13
"He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded.
They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." And he could do no deed of power thers, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff, no breadm no bag, no money in their belts, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, " Whenever you enter a housem stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them."
So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out demonsm and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
This Gospel has much to consider. Why is it that we have so much difficulty, at times, accepting the gifts that have been given to those that are closest to us? Those in Jesus' home town, although "astounded " at his words and deeds could not believe, could not understand, could not embrace the reality that one of them form such humble origin could really be doing all that Jesus was doing and saying.
Even though He was rejected in his hometown, He still cured the sick with the laying on of hand and anointing of oil.
Even though He was rejected in his hometown, He began a minsitry that His Word, His Good News might reach many.
He was rejected in his hometown, and He still remained faithful to all that the Father would have Him do. Amen? Amen!
It is difficult this week to not to talk about the many churches that have been set on fire in the South.
Some may have been accidental. Some are clearly acts of arson, and therefore acts of racism and domestic terrorism.
I agree with one thing. An act of terror against any house of woship is an attack on all houses of worship. Should we allow theses acts to be a barreir to our beliefs and faith? We cannot allow this to stop us from praying. We cannot allow this to stop us from praising. We cannot allow this to stop us from our fellowship. We cannot allow this to stop us from singing.We cannot allow this to stop us from supporting one another.
We cannot allow this to diminish our faith. To borrow from a recent slogan, "All Churches matter!"
In the reading from 2 Samuel that is part of Sunday's selections, we learn of David building a City of God. The building is an anointing and is anointed by God. David, in building this City began the reuinfication of Judah and Israel.
Can we understand that every edifice built to honor God is a place of Grace? Can we understand that every edifice built to honor God is a place of Faith? Can we understand that every edifice built to honor God is a place of Healing and heart? Can we understand that every edifice built to honor God is a place of Love calling all to unity with the Creator?
The College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennisee (A)
God's Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia (A)
Briar Creek Rd Baptist Church Charlotte North Carloina (A)
Fruitland Presbyterian Church, Humbolt Tennisee (U)
Glover Grove Baptist Warrenville South Carolina (A)
Greater Miracle Aposolic Holiness Church Tallahasse Florida (U)
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Greeleyville South Carolina (U) burned down by the clan in
College Heights Baptist in Elyrai Ohio (U)
Let also give thanks for our beautiful facility and sanctuary. Let us give thanks fo our wonderful memorial stained glass window and the windows made by our Sunday School classes.
Let us give thanks for being part of such an affirming, progressive, and just peace denomination that has taken such amazing grace steps to promote peace and justice
Let us give thanks that we have formed relationships with other churchs in our community. The House of Prayer, The Church of God in Christ for all Nations, the Universal Uniterian Fellowship
Let us be aware that our connection to one another is a realization of the dreams and visions of The Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When one church is burned we have all been part of the flames.
David built a city dedicated to God he tired to unify a divided nation
Jesus was not rejected in his own hometown and yet he healed and prayed and shared his love with the world.
Let us do what we can to be a fellowship dedicated to God. Let us have faith and hope. Let us love all our brothers and sisters.