Bulletin 2.14.21

Luke 13:12 When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your sickness."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • Water, water, everywhere,

    And all the boards did shrink;

    Water, water, everywhere,

    Nor any drop to drink.

     

    ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

     

    (The polls) tell us that confidence in the religious narratives we’ve inherited has collapsed. What they fail to report is that the marketplace in replacement religion is booming. We may be sleeping in on Sunday mornings in greater numbers, but we’ve never been more pious. Religious observance hasn’t faded apace “secularization”, so much as migrated – and we’ve got the anxiety to prove it. We’re seldom not in church.

     

    Perhaps a more helpful definition of religion comes from writer David Dark. He calls it “a controlling story: or “the question of how we dispose our energies, how we see fit to organize our own lives and, in many cases, the lives of others.”

     

    Our religion is that which we rely on not just for meaning or hope but enoughness.

     

    - David Zahl, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It (Fortress Press, 2019, Introduction)

     

The Call To Worship

  • 1 Corinthians  1.27ff

     

    God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written,

     

    "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • Water, water, everywhere,

    And all the boards did shrink;

    Water, water, everywhere,

    Nor any drop to drink.

     

    ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

     

    (The polls) tell us that confidence in the religious narratives we’ve inherited has collapsed. What they fail to report is that the marketplace in replacement religion is booming. We may be sleeping in on Sunday mornings in greater numbers, but we’ve never been more pious. Religious observance hasn’t faded apace “secularization”, so much as migrated – and we’ve got the anxiety to prove it. We’re seldom not in church.

     

    Perhaps a more helpful definition of religion comes from writer David Dark. He calls it “a controlling story: or “the question of how we dispose our energies, how we see fit to organize our own lives and, in many cases, the lives of others.”

     

    Our religion is that which we rely on not just for meaning or hope but enoughness.

     

    - David Zahl, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It (Fortress Press, 2019, Introduction)

     

  • 1 Corinthians  1.27ff

     

    God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written,

     

    "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."

     

    (Prayer)

     

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