Archimedes famously said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world.” He was talking physics, but the principle also works as a metaphor. The “lever” is the gathering of people working for good in the world—the Church, committed to following Jesus, building the Kingdom of God on earth. But in order to have the power necessary for this work, the lever must rest on a “fulcrum”—a vertical piece, sunk deep into the ground beneath it, that is firmly embedded, well grounded.
Service in the way of Jesus is about transformation of the world. If our work is going to have the leverage it needs to be an effective instrument for transforming the world, it must be grounded deeply in the life of God, the love of God, and the intention of God. We find our way there through a rhythm of prayer/action/reflection. This rhythm and each of its elements will be the theme of our sermons and worship services for September 10 through October 15. Follow along as we explore “A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Mechanics of Transformation.”
September 10: A Recipe for Transformation – Seek the Welfare of the City Where I Have Sent You
Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will give the message based on Jeremiah 29:4-7.
September 17: Grounded in Contemplation – The Practice of Prayer
Pastor Kathi will give the message with Matthew 14:13-23.
September 24: Urged Toward Action – Compassionate Action
Pastor Kathi will preach using the text of Matthew 20:29-34.
October 1 (World Communion Sunday): Altered by Reflection – Humility/Reflection
Matthew 20:1-16 will be used by Pastor Kathi to give the message. Holy Communion will be offered at all services.
October 8 (Compassion Week): We Worship With Our Hands
We will not have any regular worship services in our Sanctuary this week, instead worshipping through our Compassion Week service.
October 15: The World Is Not the Same/We Are Not the Same
This week will focus on a theological reflection and celebration of Compassion Week. Pastor Kathi will preach using collected reflections from Compassion Week participants.