I want to share two things with you this week:
1) We had our first Table 101 class on Sunday. We discussed the history of our church, along with our vision, mission, and practices. If you missed it, take some time to listen to the thirty minute audio sometime this week: Table 101: Session 1.
I was struck by our lengthy Q&A (which we did not include in the recording) and how generative and helpful it was for all involved. We have three more weeks of Table 101, so make it a point to join us this Sunday as Fr. Spencer talks through our Anglican tradition and how that informs our church. 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall.
2. I talked a bit this week in the homily about Mammon. Mammon is the system that gives us our “common sense” about what money, people, possessions, property, and wealth is for. In the Scriptures, Mammon and worldly power are repeatedly shown to be opposed to the kingdom of God. Many of you approached me after the service or messaged me later to say you wanted to chat more about this. I think it would be good to do so!
I want to be clear: this is very difficult to talk about and discern well. There aren’t easy answers, we often feel ourselves overwhelmed by the problems, and can be tempted to latch onto easy or symbolic solutions that don’t really get at the root of the issues. Any conversation we would begin on this would take sustained prayer, faithful reckoning with the Scriptures, and deep wisdom on how each of us can live faithfully where God has us.
If you’d like to be a part of an ongoing conversation on these things, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God’s mercy seeks to liberate and heal us, even today! Mercify us, Oh Lord!