The Noah saga is l-o-o-o-ng, making us think that its conclusion is probably super-important. Wherein God decides that steadfast love is really more God's speed than slash-n-burn, and we decide that stubborn hope is a rational response.
It starts with a talking snake, and an apple, and before you can blink there’s been a murder and the ground is weeping as it soaks up Abel’s blood. But this is the system God made -- the capacity of the humans to choose other than God is built in. “Sin is crouching at your door,” God says, “...but you can master it.”
The central claim of Genesis 1 and 2 -- that Creator creates creation, and that creation is “good” because the Creator voices its goodness, is one of the hardest things to believe. But there it is.
We remembered our missional priorities with varied voices saying what they mean:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ people.
2. We do kindness for people with mental illness or in emotional distress, and we celebrate neurodiversity.
3. We do beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful.
4. We do real relationship, no bullshit, ever.
Our usual preacher wasn’t sure they would let her back in the pulpit after hearing from these rock stars.
The seventh habit of life that our co-conspirators cultivate is “discernment for the church's next steps.” We never assume that we're done figuring out what God wants, and that requires ongoing brain-work and spirit-work from us. On this day, we celebrated the birthday of the whole church at Pentecost, and our own 4th birthday as Galileo Church!
“The gracious receipt of care from the church family” is one of our most difficult commitments in the Galileo co-conspiracy. We are quite sure that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, so we forget how important it is to be gracious in the getting. What would it take for you to trust your church enough to take the help they offer?
Leah Jordan is one of our favorite preachers, and she talked to us about “extending the church's welcome to beloveds, neighbors, strangers, and enemies.” We do that through testimony -- by de-centering ourselves and pointing toward God’s reign, just like John the Baptist.
(And if you missed Leah this time, no worries -- she’s coming back in August 2017.)
Argh! The dreaded "money" sermon! We are in covenant to "share material resources with the church (money, house, stuff, etc.)" So we talked about it, and played an online game together. You never had so much fun with a stewardship sermon, I promise.