This Sunday our Scripture passage is from 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16. It is a scene between David and the prophet Nathan into which God appears and speaks. God has a lot to say in this passage; in fact, God becomes rather chatty. I take this as a sign that God is frustrated with our human ways and desires that we would stop and listen and trust. But the passage ends, not with a grievance, but a promise---a promise of sustaining love and devotion to Israel (and, I believe, to all of creation). It is a promise that we can witness in the church to this day (if we have the eyes to see).
We are blessed with two liturgists this week: Julie and Hannah Sommers. Julie and Hannah also light the fourth Advent candle, with “Amazing Dave” doing the camera work. Konrad Kono and Erin McKibben deliver three hymns: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks at Night,” and, for the final time, “Wait For the Lord.” Chris Davis’s prelude is “Comptine d'un autre été, l'après,” by Yann Tiersen. It is a piece that is reminiscent of life spent walking with God: sometimes steady, other times fast, with surprising twists and lots of companions arriving and departing. Finally, worship closes with one of Chris’ beautiful compositions titled simply “Connection.”
It is the fourth Sunday in Advent and we continue our faithful watch for the coming light, even as the days continue to shorten and the long night goes on.
Adult Education continues this Sunday continuing with theFaith and Reason Series, “The Future of Christianity.”
Experience renowned theologians Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Joan Chittister together live on stage exploring topics of faith and life with honesty, integrity, and expertise. We can look forward to serious and useful examination about whether Christianity has a future or not. This FAITHANDREASON seminar was held at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, Houston, TX, October 18 & 19, 2013.
Please join us this Sunday on Zoom after Coffee Hour for Joan Chittister's presentation "Who Is God In An Evolutionary World?" Subsequent lectures will be presented weekly.
Marcus Borg – Why I Am Still a Christian.
Marcus Borg – Progressive Christianity and the Christian Future
Marcus Borg – The Cross and the Christian Future
Joan Chittister, OSB – Why I Am Still a Catholic
Joan Chittister, OSB – Who Is God In An Evolutionary World? Joan Chittister, OSB – American Women and the Women of the World
John Dominic Crossan – Why I Am Still a Christian
John Dominic Crossan – Covenant & Divine Violence
John Dominic Crossan – Jesus & Divine Violence
Topic: St. Andrew's Adult Education Class: The Future of Christianity?