4/7/2019 A Priceless Offering

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Isaiah 43:16–21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b–14, John 12:1–8

Here’s a link to a previous ForeWords blog posting on this week’s scriptures.

This Saturday, April 6, marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri. It was “dedicated to the pursuit of peace.” A special anniversary celebration will be held at the Temple on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. CDT. The event will be live-streamed on the church’s website.

One focus of the “pursuit of peace” in the Temple is a daily Prayer for Peace, which has been held every day shortly after noon since the building’s dedication 25 years ago. Many Community of Christ congregations now include a Prayer for Peace as part of their weekly worship services. In addition, a growing number of peacemakers have been recognized for their peacemaking efforts with the church’s International Peace Award.

As I continue my “writing sabbatical” during Lent, here is another selection from Handel’s Messiah, particularly timely in light of the Temple anniversary and its purpose tied to the “pursuit of peace”:

My most recent book, Speak to the Bones: How to Be a Prophetic People in a Time of Exile, is up on Amazon in both print and e-book formats:  161-page Book ; Kindle e-bookThe ancient Hebrew prophets can serve as guides for modern-day prophetic communities to engage in actions for peace and social justice. Each of the 10 chapters includes questions for reflection and discussion, making this great for class use. My previous book What Was Paul Thinking? is also available on Amazon in both print and Kindle e-book editions.</em

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