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Pentecost Ponderings III

We are called to be the church…A New Creed

If I were to express one regret in asking people to write in a question for a future sermon it would be the reality that I can’t get to all the questions all at once. So far, I have had more than 25 questions asked, and to date, I’ve been able to address about nine of them in some form, whether overtly or in a more oblique way. That having been said, I first asked the question on February 21st, and that’s been 13 Sundays, 2 of which I have been away either on Study Leave or my quarterly Sunday off. Mix in Palm Sunday and Easter, and I’m pretty much on track. Still, these are all great questions, and I’d love to give them the attention they deserve.

There is question in particular I’d love to address in a sermon, but it is fairly in depth. I realized there may be another way to tackle it. The question is this: “At a lecture, I heard that during Jesus’ time there were several different Jewish groups. Which one did Jesus follow? How did his practice of Judaism differ from other congregations?” A great question, and oddly enough it is something I’m going to be addressing both tonight and next week in the context of the Dead Sea Scrolls. While the Dead Sea Scrolls are exclusively Jewish documents, and make no reference to Jesus of Nazareth, the question of who wrote them and the historical setting of the time does get into the different factions that existed in the centuries before and in the time that Jesus lived. In truth, we don’t know which of these factions, if any that Jesus belonged to, but we know that he interacted with at least two, possibly three of them.

Okay, it’s not a Sunday morning sermon, but at least tonight and next week I may be able to get into that subject in greater depth than I would in the context of worship! As I’ve remarked before, your questions have been fantastic, and have given me a great guide as to what may help you to grow in your own Spiritual journey. This coming Sunday, as part of the “Called to be the Church” series that I have been doing since Pentecost, I will be looking at the Creed we say every Sunday, at least in part… that line where we say “We are called to be the church…” and the lines that follow. Part of that is talking about our sense of welcome, and how we welcome people to our congregation. I’m looking forward to that!

Blessings,

John

Upcoming Events

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar – Mondays at 7:15pm– Main Sanctuary
    • Week 3: The Scrolls in the Puzzle of History – May 30th
    • In cooperation with the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL), I am offering a short course/seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It continues today on 3 more sessions on Mondays from 7:15 to about 9pm. If you’re interested in joining me in this course/seminar, please email me to let me know. There is an optional online component that I am also developing that will also be helpful for those who may need to miss a session.
  • Neighbour Day! – Saturday June 18th, 2016 – 3-6pm.
    • Our neighbours are organizing an event for Calgary’s Neighbour Day, and St. Matt’s is getting in on it. More details to follow!
  • Spirituals Sunday – June 19th, 2016
    • The choir is just starting to prepare for our annual Spirituals Sunday set to take place on Sunday, June 19th. Watch this space for more information!
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

Church Office Hours

Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.

My regular office hours are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:30. While I am likely to be in the office in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, I may also be out on pastorals visits or meetings.

 

 

 

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