On September 24 & October 1, during our regular education time, we’ll have the opportunity to come together as one “family” made up of many families (parents and kids, grandparents and great-aunts and grandsons, single folks, couples, and every other shade of family) to explore our faith together. Faith lived out can look very different from family to family; let’s explore that beautiful diversity of Christian life!
For the next two Sundays, we’ll be making prayer books together! Jennifer Schultz will teach us how to pull our own paper sheets and assemble them into books, while Pastor Emmy will teach about writing prayers and using fancy handwritten fonts.
Beautiful Bodies is our third worship service grounded in the experiences of the LGBTQ community and led by its members from throughout the Twin Cities.
As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we have often become isolated from our own bodies. How can we learn to reconnect with our physical selves and with our word-in-flesh God?
Worship will open with band-led music. Our preacher will be Austen Hartke, vlogger of the Trans and Christian series on YouTube . There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.
All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome to join us.
❖ Do you have a pair of jeans that need hemming?
❖ Is a button missing on a pair of shorts?
❖ Is there a rip in your favorite shirt?
The Mobile Menders will be here on Saturday, September 23rd from 4pm to 7pm, joining us for our community dinner. They are a group of volunteer sewers and menders that do basic clothing repair. If
you have something that needs repair, bring the clean item(s) to Grace Center on Saturday the 23rd from 4 to 7pm.
– Paul reminds the Roman church how to be Christian community: “let love be genuine.”
– Paul uses the same “one body” metaphor as in 1 Corinthians 12:4-31.
– What do you think happens if we don’t live up to everything on Paul’s list?
– Sept 10 is our Day of Service. Come ready to work!
* Quilt tying
* Kitchen cleaning
* Garden weeding
* Trash pickup
* Chair cleaning
How does our work fulfill Paul’s list?
Bring your thoughts, questions, and work gloves this Sunday!
It’s our Day of Service!
– Paul names the struggles of the early church and asks: what does our suffering say about God?
– Paul didn’t start this Roman church, but he has many friends there (Romans 16:1-16) and intends to visit soon.
– Have you faced suffering and still felt that God was with you? What happened?
– This letter is Paul’s longest and most dense theologically. Most Bibles list it first, but scholars think it was written last.
– If you wrote your “magnus opus,” what would it be about? Would you want it presented first, or at the end of everything you’ve done?
– When a reading is very dense, interpretation can help. Try reading The Message version of this passage (free online at biblegateway.com).
Hear Pastor Emmy’s “improv” sermon based on questions from the congregation: