May 9, 2021 - Sixth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 1:6-14
Sermon: "Together with certain women"
Moment for Mission: Per Capita apportionment
May 3, 2021 - Contemporary Issues
Topic: Discerning the Spirits (Hunting Magic Eels)
When we seek enchantment in the life of faith, we may wonder if the voice we’re hearing is really God. Jesus’ life leads us to recognize God’s call through the sacrificial love expressed in the cross. In self-giving we center our lives beyond ourselves in the grace of God. Pre-reading: chapter 11: “God’s Enchantment” and “Epilogue: Hunting Magic Eels”
May 2, 2021 - Fifth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
Sermon: "You will receive power"
Moment for Mission: CROSS Outreach Back-to-School Giveaway
April 26, 2021 - Contemporary Issues
Topic: Enchantments immanent and transcendent (Hunting Magic Eels)
Recovering an enchanted faith is not about wishful thinking or purchasing the latest spiritual-sounding commodity. It takes work to develop habits of attention that open us up to God’s reality in everyday life. Learn about the place of discipline and structure in the practice of enchantment. Pre-reading: chapter 9, “Celtic Enchantments” and chapter 10: “Enchantment Shifting”
April 25, 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Luke 24:44-53
Sermon: Think Again
Moment for Mission: Pentecost Offering
April 19, 2021 - Contemporary Issues
Topic: Eccentricity (Hunting Magic Eels)
Enchantment calls us to find our purpose and meaning outside ourselves, always expecting God to arrive with grace and rescue. We will discuss how religious experiences are always “eccentric” and dive into some of the “charismatic enchantments” that may be farthest from our Presbyterian comfort zone. Pre-reading: chapter 3: “Eccentric Experiences” and chapter 8: “Charismatic Enchantments”
April 18, 2021 - Third Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Luke 24:36-43
Sermon: Wounds and Healing
Moment for Mission: Knolls Greenway Trail
April 12, 2021 - Contemporary Issues
Topic: The Slow Death of God (Hunting Magic Eels)
The philosopher announced that “God is dead,” but what if Christianity is the culprit? Modern science and religion have given us the idea that God is not really necessary to make the world work. Contemplation invites us to see God’s presence in the very moments of daily life.
April 11, 2021 - Second Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
Sermon: "Are you the only stranger...?"
Contemporary Issues begins a study of Hunting Magic Eels: Recovering an Enchanted Faith in a Skeptical Age. Our world today looks to science for answers and technology for solutions, and we're understandably skeptical about miracles. We believe in God, but perhaps we've stopped paying attention to where God is visible. Learn why this matters and try on some practices for "re-enchanting" our faith. It's not necessary to have the book in order to participate in the class.
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