Is it possible that the world has gotten more accessible and less accessible all at the same time? It may just be my slowly unraveling rope, but that’s the way I feel. As a globe, we’re closer than ever, facing both an illness and deeply entrenched systemic racism that know no boundaries. At the same time, I’ve seen A LOT of my house, neighborhood park, and office. The world ‘out there’ is big, wild, and completely out of my reach.
So, what if we tried to make the overwhelming global struggles a little smaller and our daily experience of the world a little bigger? We’ve been making our way through Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and, in a small way, I think that’s what he was trying to do. The letter is written to one specific church, the church at Corinth. However, Paul opens by including “all the saints throughout Achaia” (2 Cor 1:1). Achaia isn’t the whole world but it’s certainly more of the world than some Corinthians would ever experience. By the power of the Spirit, Paul calls the small church at Corinth, and all Achaia, to one act: decide in favor of loving one another (2:8).
On Thursday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to try an experiment answering that same call by sitting out on the east lawn at St. Tim’s. Bring your lawn chair! We’ll talk some theology, invite prayer requests, and trust our masks won’t cover our desire to share God’s love for all. If you’re in an at-risk group, no problem! Set up a lawn chair in your own front yard and pray for your neighbors! We’ll see if our world gets a little more loving in the name of Christ Jesus!
See you Sunday…