Worship preview 5.29.22
This Weekend: Sunday at 10:30am “Do You Want To Become His Disciples Too? … Discover How Love Has Already Won!” Scriptures: John 9:1-41. Pastor Christopher Eshelman preaching.
Last week, we looked at the many different images and metaphors presented in John 8 & 10 – Jesus as Teacher, Light, Shepherd and Gate. We heard the story of a woman accused and how Jesus draws in the dust. That act, and the metaphor of light, call to mind the creation stories and make an assertion about who Jesus is. In later dialogue, still in the temple setting, still with Jews from a variety of factions around him, Jesus used the image of the Good Shepherd and pointedly, that of the gate. Jesus, the light, Jesus the Word made flesh, calls, sends and controls who enters. Jesus tells us “I have other flocks.” We talked about the importance of these different metaphors and the danger of a single story and thinking only our way of thinking has all the answers. We have seen what single stories, anger, self-righteousness and aggression lead to all too often in our time. We left off Sunday with a debate among the Jews listening to Jesus – some say he is possessed by a demon, but others ask can a demon open the eyes of the blind?
This week we will continue these themes with the story we skipped over last week. John 9 is a fairly long account of a man who was born blind, and whom Jesus heals – and the varied reactions. We’ll talk more about what was going on in John’s community when this Gospel was written, and how it speaks to us in our time of too much violence, division and tragedy. We will again hear a caution about single stories that demonize others, and ponder spiritual blindness. Do we wish to be healed? Do we wish to become his Disciples too?
Scripture speaks to us at every stage of life and faith. God is love. Sin and death have already been defeated – Love has won, and yet our journey towards understanding - and more importantly participating in - that victory continues. You are invited to continue the journey of faith with us, coming just as you are with your questions, doubts and hopes - and to experience the transformative love and grace of Christ - which makes us whole. First time considering attending? - see our web site for answers to common questions and more information about what to expect at First UMC.www.firstumcfsks.org/newvisitors
This Week: Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm Feeding Families in His Name– this weekly free meal is available to everyone without obligation.
Pastor Christopher is rethinking his approach to office hours and will return to a regular community schedule in late summer. Appointments are always available if you’d like to chat – and we can meet at the church or in a variety of places around town. Call the office at 620-223-1950 to schedule or email firstname.lastname@example.org.