Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month for socializing and picking the parson’s brain on issues of faith. We meet for a relaxing of time of just doing life together – flopping God-ward. As Pastor Beth often says, “Parishioners don’t let their pastor drink alone.” Location: Black Abbey Brewing Co. 2952 Sidco Dr, Nashville, Tennessee. When: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., the 4th Wednesday of every month…we may skip December.
I’ve been holding little snippets and scenes from our Sunday Funday gathering in my heart and mind this week. There were so many moments when I overheard people caring for one another, encouraging one another, and supporting one another. There were many moments of shared laughter and conversation. I think my favorites, though, were watching people interact with other people’s kids. One of the best things about a church community is the opportunity for friendship and fellowship across generations in a safe, faith-based environment. So much of our time is spent in age-segregated activities. Kids need adults in their lives who are not their parents, who will encourage, listen and guide – and those things all get started with simple, small conversations like the ones I watched and overheard on Sunday. I’m always grateful to get to do church with you – but especially when I have the privilege of watching seeds like these being planted for blessings over the long haul.
So – one of the ways the church is described in the Bible is as “the body of Christ.” One way to look at that is that we are the ones who get to be the hands, feet, minds, and mouths of Christ to carry on the work of bringing about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God happens wherever and whenever the major motivating force is selfless love. Simple to “get,” but very hard to do. The apostle Paul had a LOT to say about this, and went on and on about how the body needs different parts to do different things; about how the different parts are each important to the functioning of the whole body. As Telos grows, this is becoming sort of glaringly obvious to me! For example, we have a wonderful Communications Team which works hard to try and communicate about what Telos is, what Telos does, etc. They have some amazing gifts and talents for which I am SO grateful. Go check out the website: telosatsouthminster.org, and see how it’s new and improved. Then thank Jamie for her talents and gifts for that AND for this newsletter. If you’ve noticed, our Shrove Tuesday […]
One of the resources I use often is Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. He had an interesting take on the scripture verses from last Sunday’s sermon. Our focus at our Worship Gathering was on the significance of considering ourselves and others to be truly children of God and why this matters as much today as it did in Jesus’ time. McClaren looks at those same verses (John 1:1-17) and discusses various kinds of logic with which we approach life. The logic of rivalry says there’s not enough (love, money, resources, etc.) and the only way to survive and thrive is through “competing, defeating, deceiving, displacing, or killing…” those around us. (McLaren, p. 13). The logic of compliance requires that humans comply and avoid risking their survival by just going along with the way things are. Lastly, the logic of mechanism says it’s all a big cause and effect, so get what you can however you can, because that’s all there is. The origin stories we’ve looked at in Genesis and John give a huge alternative – what McLaren calls “the logic of creativity, goodness, and love. The universe is God’s creative project, filled with beauty, opportunity, […]