Wednesday Study Course
Continuing this Wednesday 4 July 7:30 pm, discussing material from the book reproduced as this week's Thought for the Week - see below.
Everyone who saw it will remember Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the recent Royal Wedding.
We were inspired enough to get a copy of his latest book and use it as a basis for further discussion of our faith. The book is full of inspiration and strong challenges. Come and see, discuss and pray over what inspires or challenges you.
My father didn't feel comfortable going up for communion, but when my mother went up, he watched closely. Was the priest really going to give her communion from the common cup? And if he did, was the next person really going to drink from that same cup? And would others drink too, knowing a black woman had sipped from that cup? He saw the priest offer her the cup, and she drank. Then the priest offered the cup to the next person at the rail, and that person drank. And then the next person, and the next, all down the rail. When my father told the story, he would always say: "That's what brought me to the Episcopal Church. Any church in which black folks and white folks drink out of the same cup knows something about a gospel that I want to be part of."
We never know what can happen when we feel called to follow Jesus' gospel witness of welcome. Heeding such a call can require incredible courage. Sometimes this gospel way of welcome can lead us to put our very lives on the line. But Jesus' way of welcome can inspire us to keep working to do what is right in a world where too often too much is wrong.
Being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his spirit take the lead in their lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God's Dream.
-- Bishop Michael Curry.
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