This Sunday our guest preacher is The Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe. His sermon is the first in a two part series titled "The Great Co-Missions" (he will deliver part two during the installation service in the afternoon). The Scripture readings are Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:14-15. The hymns are "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!" (GTG No. 1), "Take, O Take Me as I Am" (GTG No. 698), and "Lord, I Want to be a Christian" (GTG No. 729). Sandy Thoits will be liturgist, and Erin McKibben and Natasha Kislenko will be leading in music.
For those who cannot attend Pastor Jen's Service of Installation at 4:00pm, a separate email with the link will be sent out tomorrow, Sunday, August 1. You should receive the email at 2:00pm.
Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe preaching this Sunday
"The Great Co-Missions" (9:30AM worship)
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
August 1, 2021
Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe
Text: Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:14-15
Title: For Whom Christ Died
Focus: The “Great Commissions” in Matthew and Mark tells us to teach people they are beloved of God and then show them how to love as God’s beloved—not just for one another but for all creation!
Sunday Afternoon Installation Service for the Rev. Jennifer L. Fraser (4:00PM)
Text: John 20:19-22 and Acts 1:6-8
Title: The Breath of Jesus
Focus: The “Great Commissions” in John and Acts tells that loving all (and also the creation) is not an easy task but comes through our becoming wounded healers. Fear not, however, we have help from above!
You are invited to The Great Co-Missions on Sunday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Pastor Jen’s installation service). The Rev. Dr. Brad Munroe will present on all four “Great Commission” passages to show how our Presbyterian views of mission calls us to move beyond mere talk and into action and beyond mere “doing for” and into “sharing life together.” The calling to love as the Beloved of God and become wounded healers is at the heart of the Church’s calling. It’s a tough job but we have help from above!
Dr. Munroe is Pastor to the Presbytery for the presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo. He lives with his wife, the Rev. Laura Munroe, in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Munroe and Pastor Jen co-founded Grand Canyon Presbytery’s Reconciliation Team and co-authored the Leading Emotional Systems Training workshop. He is the author of Waging Peace, Praying Matthew and Praying Luke. His forthcoming devotional will be Praying Paul.
Zoom Coffee Hour
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We will present a lecture by Jeorg Rieger, entitled “Christ and Post-Colonial Empire: Economic Exploitation or Economic Hope” from the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice.” Professor Joerg Rieger begins his fourth lecture by making this statement: “Colonial empire does not need to use fire and sword as it does during periods of conquest; post-colonial empire has learned that colonial empire is much too costly and unwieldy. It knows that a softer, subtler power can make much more rewarding transactions through attraction.”
He refers again to his third lecture where he described the 19th Century German version of “colonizing interest” that was so fixed in the German consciousness: “We will civilize the world; We will educate the world; We will reap the benefits.”
He then describes the life and work of the Englishman, Cecil Rhodes, founder of the former state of Rhodesia in South Africa (now Zambia and Zimbabwe) who said, “British Imperialism is about nothing more than philanthropy plus 5%”, the sort of philanthropy that pays off.
Rieger says that perhaps the difference between modernity and post modernity is that back then (19th Century) it used to be 5%; now it’s more like 10% or 20% or more. He reminds us that we have learned from Adam Smith that colonialism proved to be much too expensive. In our own time, we no longer have colonies. Yet, he says, we are still benefiting from our relationships with the descendants of those colonials with whom our great-grandfathers dealt.
Rieger says that empire has gone underground. Now it is leaner and meaner and better at negotiating controls and power than it ever was before. Then Dr. Rieger makes what he recognizes could be a touchy example:
Consider the war in Iraq. “If you look at what happened in Iraq, you might expect to find the old “colonial paradigm” at work. But you don’t see it because it’s not there. We do not have an American governor in Iraq; the country governs itself. The oil in Iraq is still owned by the people of Iraq. However,” he says, “we realize that it is more lucrative under this arrangement if they keep owning and we keep managing.”
“Unfortunately,” Rieger says, “mainline theology is not addressing this.” He adds, “Oddly enough, mainline economics is not addressing it either. And you would have thought that economists would be more realistic than theologians.”