Paul’s Message

Prayer and communion service to be in sanctuary on eve of election

Friends, I found this idea recently, and we are going to participate:

“On November 6, 2012, Election Day, we will exercise our right to choose.
Some of us will choose to vote for Barack Obama.
Some of us will choose to vote for Mitt Romney.
Some of us will choose to vote for another candidate.
Some of us will choose not to vote.

During the day of November 6, 2012, we will make different choices for different reasons, hoping for different results. Before we make our choices, let’s meet at the same table, with the same host, to remember the same things.

We’ll remember that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change — ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus.

We’ll remember that, through the Holy Spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of Jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:16-21).

We’ll remember that freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is indeed not free. It comes with a cost and it looks like a cross.

We’ll remember our sin and our need to repent.

We’ll remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.

We’ll remember that our passions are best placed within the passion of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

We’ll remember that we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

We’ll remember that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness. And we’ll re-member the body of Christ as the body of Christ, confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another
and from God.”

We’re offering an informal prayer and communion service on the eve of election day, November 5, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. It will be a brief service, maybe a half hour or so. It will be a chance to pray for our nation and the world, and to celebrate God’s grace and love for us. We are going to remember what’s really important, and entrust everything to God, who empowers us for good. The rest is in God’s hands. No politics, just time spent with our Lord and with each other. What better way to be in the right frame of mind and spirit for the day to come? We invite you to join us.

Peace, Paul

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