This Sunday – Pentecost 17

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This Sunday

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
–Luke 17.5

  • What does it mean to have power?
  • How do you use your power over others?
  • What are the ways Jesus uses his power?  Can we do the same?
  • What do we mean when we pray, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever”?

Power is a term we often find troubling today.  After centuries of misuse and abuse, we rightly bristle at those in authority who use power to remain in control by refusing to share or cooperate with others; and then there are those who use power to maintain a status quo which restricts and neglects others.  Jesus invites us to reflect on the idea of having power, and using the power we have for the good of the community.  But it’s not power as a tool of an individual for control and manipulation.  Power can also confront and fuel a community for change, justice, and liberation.

Come join us this Sunday at Trinity Commons at 6 pm as we gather together to hear more about what Jesus has to say about power, as well as how we should use power, and plan to stay after the service for a free supper thanks to our friend Joshua Richman.  Joshua is a great cook, so it’s sure to be a meal we’ll all enjoy.

–Thomas

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