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FAITH COMMUNITY

An Ecumenical Church

How Do We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land?

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 Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd NW in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington.  Our church services begin at 10:00 AM Sundays. Click here for map. 

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The Embodied Journey at Christmastime

Emily Owsley

December 30, 2018
Texts:
     1 Samuel 2:18-20 and 26
     Psalm 148
     Luke 2:41-52

Merry Christmas!   I feel especially grateful to be sharing the teaching with you all today in this Christmas season.  We have come through the time of waiting and expectation and now we get to honor and hold up Jesus’ birth and growth as a young adolescent.  We can also reflect on the growth and newness that we see in and around ourselves, and praise God for it!   This is a time for witnessing, praising, and recognizing the broader story of life that we are a part of.  The lectionary scriptures for this week are a wonderful guide for our reflection on this season. 

The 1st Samuel passage gives us little bits of the story of Samuel as a young boy serving in the temple.  Samuel ministered in the temple and wore a linen ephod, which was a tunic-like garment worn by the high priest.  His mother and father (Hannah and Elkanah) visit the temple once a year for the annual sacrifice and Hannah gives Samuel the robe that she has made for him.  Eli blesses Hannah and Elkanah for giving Samuel to the priests/temple.  The passage skips several verses and we get verse 26, “And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men.”

Only the Beginning of a Larger Story

Fred Taylor

Texts:
     Luke 1:26-56
     Hebrews 10:5- 10

Merry Christmas!   Those words at one time brought to mind the good news of God sending his son as our savior.  He came into a world divided between outsiders and insiders, and in the ministry of Jesus that division was overcome.  With Jesus there were no outsiders unless one chooses to be.  This is what the carol "Joy to the World" is saying.  The Lord is come.  Happy birthday, Jesus.  Happy day, world, because of the gift of Jesus. 

Today I am working with two themes taken from the lectionary scriptures in Luke 1 and Hebrews 10.  What stands out in Mary's story is her emphatic "yes" to the invitation of the Holy Spirit to be the mother of the incarnation of the Word of God in human flesh.  In saying "yes," she was given the vision to see what this meant: scattering the proud in the thoughts of their hearts, bringing down the powerful from their thrones and lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things – to Abraham and all his descendants forever; and Mary' reception of what this was going to cost as spoken by the prophet Simeon: "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too."

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