Last Sunday FCC took a very real step forward. In the sermon and following renewal of baptism, we went a step deeper with God and one another. How that happened was equally remarkable. We shared the simple blessing of hearing spoken over us: we’re beloved daughters and sons of God and dwell in his favor.
If someone asked—informationally—if we already know that, we’d say, of course. But realizing that blessing, experiencing it, is something else altogether. Last Sunday illustrates how grace is not something we mediate unto ourselves. It is something that gets mediated or imparted through living in authentic community. Living in a community where the avowed purpose is putting Christ at the center.
But where do we go from here? Was it a one-shot deal? Last Sunday Dale said experiencing our belovedness in God’s eyes is the beginning of the spiritual life. But what is next? You might not realize Dale’s sermon was based on the lectures and sermons of his divinity school teacher, Father Henri Nouwen.
Henri Nouwen, was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community.
Henri wrote the book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World. On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at 11:15 am you’re invited to a discussion group to explore what began last week, the journey hinted at by our renewal of baptism. If what happened last Sunday resonated within you, let’s then follow this thread and see where it goes. Books are available ($10) at worship Sunday for the Feb. 5 class. Confirmands will meet with Gary at that hour, so confirmand parents are doubly invited. If you have more questions, please bring them to Dale or Sally Bassler. All are welcome!