Welcome to 8th Day Faith Community

Welcome to the Eighth Day Faith Community

An Ecumenical Church

Children's Sermon We are a small, diverse ecumenical church with members from different faith backgrounds and ways of expressing our faith. We hold in common the desire to follow Jesus through peacemaking, work for justice (especially economic justice), and environmental sanity.All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack of it), religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, wealth (or lack of it), ethnicity, or any other characteristic that ordinarily separates us from one another. We are open and affirming and value the differences among us. Check us out! We meet at the Potter's House at 1658 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:30 AM Sundays. Click here for map.

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Most Recent Teachings Available

Knowing Ourselves as Beloved

Kayla McClurg

April 26, 2015

Text: John 10:11-18             

Usually when I think about this passage of scripture, I ponder the nature of the good shepherd and his relationship with the sheep.  How comforting it can be to think of my life as safeguarded by a kind and protective shepherd.  But this week my thoughts went to another aspect of the story.  I found myself thinking mostly about the hired hand, who was brought in to oversee the sheep, and the wolf that attacks, scaring off the hired hand.  Who is this hired hand?  While we have every right to expect basic competence from a hired hand, we should never expect a hired hand to love the sheep personally, to see each one’s unique personality and traits.  It takes something deeper than a hired hand kind of relationship to know and love each other like this.  Maybe we are meant to have more than a hired hand relationship with each other.

I suppose we keep hiring stand-ins for the good shepherd because we have such a hard time believing we could be God’s beloved.  We “buy” love, in the form of obligations we place on each other, rather than trust that real love will be freely given.  We want to believe that each of us is the beloved of God, which means then that ALL of us are the beloved of God, no exceptions.  Even you.  Even me.  But what about my young, loud neighbors on each side of Andrew’s House, acting like they still live in a frat house, partying late into the night?  Are they the beloved of God?  Or the wealthy folks saturating the neighborhood who carry an air of privileged expectation?  Yep, the beloved of God.  Whatever our status in life—entrepreneur or CEO of a mass private corporation, firefighter or arsonist, executioner or executed, attacker or attacked .  .  .  ALL of us, God’s beloved.

Plant Yourself in God's Garden

Molly Carr

April 18, 2015

Plant Yourself in God's Garden and then go forth Offering God's Tender Mercies.

I have a vision of a beautiful spiral....at its center is my person....each of us lives in a beautiful spiral....we may not be aware of it....but we do.  Around the center of the person....the planted seed...is God's Garden.  Which is always with us to nourish us and sustain us and allow us to be healthy, vibrant, loving people who can offer the world God's tender mercies....

To stay planted in God's Garden requires of us some awareness and action.  In God's garden there are many gifts.  One of them is the natural world.  We need to craft each day with time and attention outside in nature.  We need to be kissed by the sun, the moon, the wind and the rain.  Our faces need the color of vitality and brightness.  Even during difficult winters......intentional time by a window...observing nature.   God also gave us movement.   Time devoted to movement....God created us to move....long walks...dancing....chair exercise...yoga...sports....  God also gave us the arts....we need to enjoy music, art, theater on a daily basis.  And of course God gave us good loving people to be in the community garden with.

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