Re-Forming the Church: Standing up for the Vulnerable 11.12.17

Psalm 146:5-10, Matthew 10:5-10:

For I was hungry and you gave me food.
For I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
For I was sick and you took care of me…

I look at the words plastered on our doors which you used to describe the church last week and I am encouraged. Some of your words clearly describe a body of Christ that must be active in the world. The movement Jesus began was hands on, meeting physical and emotional needs, being the presence of God in the world. This morning we continue to reflect and consider how we are being called to re-shape or re-form this body of Christ today.

When he first sent out the twelve to get to disciple work, Jesus instructed them to teach and to heal. This was not just an evangelizing crusade. Continue reading

Re-Forming the Church: Jesus’ Intention? 11.5.17

Matthew 25:31-40:  This year we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years ago this week, Martin Luther kicked it off with his 95 complaints against the way the church was operating nailed to the wooden doors of the church, which served as the community bulletin board. Last week we nailed some of our statements of belief to the doors in our church, statements taken from different periods of Christian history. The dates are printed on each statement. You will find words dating from 325 all the way to 1986.
This morning I asked you to consider the church today, jotting down descriptive words that capture today’s church from your perspective. Then you added those words to our doors. Continue reading