Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and Psalm 19 • Philippians 3:4b-14 • Matthew 21:33-46
Good morning, 8th Day! It’s great to be worshiping with you all today. I’m especially excited to be sharing the teaching today because this Sunday and throughout the fall, there are over 40 congregations in our region who are joining with us in celebrating Climate in the Pulpits. Whether it’s through a guest preacher, like me, or a separate workshop and discussion time, these congregations are joining with you in learning about and acting on our damaged climate.
Good morning. It’s a real joy to be here with you this today. As some of you know, I was a member of 8th
Our teaching today is a series of readings which draw from the “Meditations of the Heart” by Howard Thurman and our lectionary scriptures. While Howard Thurman was ahead of his time in many ways, Thurman tended to use masculine pronouns as the default in referring to God and people. In our readings today you may hear us adapt the words to have gender neutral pronouns.
August 16, 2020
Text: John 8:1-11
That gospel reading is one of my favorites.
I love that Jesus did not respond immediately to the religious authorities, but knelt and began writing in the dirt with his finger.
Perhaps he needed a minute to connect with his deepest, truest self in order to respond from that place.
Perhaps Jesus wanted to give them a minute to pause and connect with their own, truest selves.
What we know from the story is that Jesus called them to self-reflection, not as a mob, but as individuals. He said, “Let the ONE who has not sinned be the ONE to cast the first stone.”