This Sunday, July 28, 2013, our appointed Gospel reading is Luke 11:1-13. Here is a poem composed on prayer. It’s best understood (I feel) when read aloud.
Master they say that when I seem
To be in speech with you,
Since you make no replies, it’s all a dream
– One talker aping two.
The are half right, but not as they
imagine; rather, I
Seek in myself the things I meant to say,
And lo! The well’s are dry.
Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The listener’s role, and through
My dead lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.
And thus you neither need reply
Nor can; thus while we seem
Two talking, thou art One forever, and I
No dreamer, but thy dream.
– C.S. Lewis
Cottage Meetings…What are they? When? And most important, Why take part in one? Click to watch.
In the 1800s and 1900s, brave households sometimes picked up to move to another region of the same state or territory…and the chance that former neighbors would remain connected to another was small. Those who settled beyond a few mile radius…may as well have been a lifetime away. Think of how different this is than our modern experience! The experiences our families and friends had 100 or 150 years ago when someone moved away from home. There was a quite reasonable chance that person/family might never come back, ever. Especially if they emigrated across the sea. How did a mother and father say goodbye, goodbye forever, to their child/ren? A child, to their parents?
Ellis Island, 1902
In Jesus time, the same truth existed. Neighbors were your clan, your tribe. They lived near you, you were related to them, you had the same religion and values. If another tribe or clan didn’t live near you, work with you, live with you, believe with you, they were not your neighbors. Your lives did not touch, would not touch, and should not touch. At all.
The story of the Good Samaritan (July 14, 2013) begins here. With peoples whose lives had rigid edges, impermeable boundaries, and no intersection. Then, all of a sudden, in a parable Jesus tells, strangers lives begin to intersect. What happens next is absolutely, powerfully parabolic.
So come join our neighborhood gathering, open to all. We gather at God’s house at 9 am on Sunday all summer long. You are welcome in-person, or slide into your digital “pew” on the radio; both are fantastic. See you there.
SUN AUG 4-WEDS AUG 7, 2013
All First Lutheran members who have completed 7-11 grade eligible to attend.
Cost is $80, with extra discounts possible
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