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How Do We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land?

We are a small, diverse ecumenical church with members from different faith backgrounds and ways of expressing our faith. We hold in common the desire to follow Jesus through peacemaking, work for justice (especially economic justice), and environmental sanity.All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack of it), religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, wealth (or lack of it), ethnicity, or any other characteristic that ordinarily separates us from one another. We are open and affirming and value the differences among us. Check us out! We meet at the Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:00 AM Sundays. Click here for map.

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Living into Jesus’ Way of Life

Emily Owsley

June 25, 2017

    Matthew 10:24-39
    Romans 6:1-11

The lectionary scriptures this week focus mostly on being identified with Jesus, the cost of that way of life, and the life that that brings.  It is described as a way of being made free and alive.  God has a new way of life for us if we can dare to try it out. 

Jesus speaks of this in the Matthew passage.  He is talking to the disciples about what might happen because they’ve chosen to follow him.  He says that he came to break up the cozy little family arrangements that provide stability and security and to free his followers for God.  He adds that if they prefer their family over him they don’t deserve him.  Wow!   That is serious stuff!   Mostly what I think Jesus is referring to here is security of home, lifestyle, and comfort.  However, family also provides community for people.  What Jesus is saying is that they have to be willing to recreate community … to be open to new, unstable, unpredictable ways of living. 

The Revolution of the Intimate

Tim Kumfer

Text: The Book of Acts

As perhaps you've come to expect from me, I will not hew too closely to the lectionary. My sharing this morning instead draws heavily from the new commentary on Acts written by Willie James Jennings. Jennings' first book, The Christian Imagination: Theology and The Origins of Race, traces the collusion of the Christian story with colonial modernity, and points toward a recovery of the lived reality of faith through a deep joining to the people and places around us in ways that exceed territory, property, and even preconceived identity. Shaping our vision for the renewed Potter's House, it helped us to articulate that the core of our mission is to bring people together who are different from one another--and to trust that good will grow from such unlikely and uncommon joining. By some tellings, this is the story of The Potter's House all along.

The question I want to wrestle with today is at its root quite simple. And yet it is one that answered in the affirmative could change everything. Do we belong to one another? Let me ask that one more time--do we belong to one another? 

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