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Intimacy with the Sacred
October Sermon Series
I don’t know about you, but the change of the season for me comes with many joys and challenges. Not only did we leave behind an exhilarating summer, but we have returned to our incredibly busy lives. It is my prayer that last month’s series helped us collectively tap into the abundant community that is our church so that when we are overwhelmed, we know that we are not alone.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Fall brings up emotions for many of us. I have the pleasure of participating in a 13-Week Introduction to Self Healing in Community w Urban Atabex under the leadership of Esperanza Martell. As we began our first session, one of the facilitators sensed the discomfort in the room as we reflected on what happens in the months leading up to winter. In that moment, I became present to my own grief and sadness, as well as the wonderful opportunity I have through this experience to cleanse and let go of things that no longer serve me.
After two weeks of prolonged silence and much more water, fruit, and vegetables, I have pondered what it means to have challenges and still seek intimate encounters with the Sacred. I’ve thought about how my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents have been able to connect with God while facing their greatest fears: losing a spouse, battling addiction, dealing with an illness, or any of the challenges that come with living in the Jim Crow South. Whether they woke before dawn to seek the Divine’s face, walked for miles, planted a garden, or tarried for hours at weekly prayer meetings, I am clear that these experiences left them with greater clarity and a greater desire to be consistently connected with God.
I’d like to spend this month revisiting our guiding principles. For many of us, it will be like going back to Growing in Faith 101, however, I want to think about what brought us to New Day Church. It is our guiding principles that sustain us and our work in the Bronx. Many things will happen in the coming months. The most exciting thing we’ll do is host a Bible study on Worship and the Erotic. It will be free and open to the public. In addition, we have another playlist for the month of October that I hope facilitates your connection with God. Lastly, I encourage you to always remember that we have your back! You can contact me at email@example.com if you need pastoral care (a communal call to action, a listening ear, prayer, or a moment of silence).
Blessings during this season,
Worship and the Erotic: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time and Location TBA
Do you ever ask that question when you've got your hopes up... but you're anxious? What if it doesn't work out? What if people don't show up? What if we run out of food?
Jesus invites us to turn that question around. What if everything works out beyond our expectations? What if we can do more than we thought? What if we have more abundance than we imagined? What if we have great success?
I'm excited about this Sunday. What if you are able to make it out to worship with us this Sunday? What if you invite someone to come with you? That would be fabulous. It would be wonderful to see you, to share in this time together and to see what amazing abundance God might bring into our midst.
What if we get to see you this Sunday? We're looking forward to it!
September Series: “An Abundant Community”
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
13:1 Let mutual love continue.
13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."
13:6 So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"
13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Sunday, September 8, 2019:
14:25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them,
14:26 "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
14:27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?
14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him,
14:30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
14:31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
14:32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.
14:33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.