Weekly Message from Pastor Barb
Grace and peace to you all!
This Sunday’s scripture reading contains Romans 12:2:
Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,
so that you may discern what is the will of God—
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
How are we to live as Christians in American culture? That is some of what I’ll explore in Sunday’s message. In the meantime, I offer these words from my colleague Steve Garnaas-Holmes as he wrestles with this question. May it spur your own thoughts and prayers!
Society presses upon you to copy
dress and manner, thought and value,
what will anger or attract you.
Ignore it. It’s fear whining for company.
It’s a shield against celestial radiation.
Tune out the market’s frantic clatter.
Be changed by a new way of thinking:
not thinking: an opened awareness,
a mind of wonder and gratitude
and the strangeness of being loved.
Conform to nothing but the grace of God.
Each moment the Mysterious Blessing
dawns in you, allows a newness,
sings a song their ears can’t hear.
Let the Great Love in you make harmony.
The tune is already there,
the ear and the voice.
Let it meld in perfect harmony.
Passersby will hear a song from your door
that’s lovely, good and beautiful,
the delight of God.