Midweek Message – 23 February 2017
In case you missed (and need) a bit of good news this week—
Last weekend, a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized. Over 170 headstones were damaged—knocked down, broken, defaced. This was part of a wave of anti-Semitism that has broken out in many places recently.
On Tuesday, the Muslim-American community launched an online Launchgood campaign to raise funds to help with the rebuilding of this cemetery. The online site said,
“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. We extend our deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and to the Jewish community at large.
Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America. We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”
The site includes Muhammad Ali’s famous quote: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
Within three hours, the site reached its $20,000 goal. Within 24 hours, (2:00 pm today) $80,000 had been raised. That’s $1,000 every 20 minutes, with contributions still coming in. After this cemetery has been repaired, the sponsors have said, any remaining funds will be allocated to repair other vandalized Jewish centers.
That’s the Muslim-American community—already at-risk itself— moved by compassion for others.
That’s the Muslim-American community crossing boundaries for the sake of love and justice.
That’s just what we have promised to do here at Campbell UMC.
On Sunday we’ll be talking more about what that means.
Today, I want to give thanks for the example that our Muslim brothers and sisters have set for us.
With love and blessings, Kathi
p.s. All day today we’ve been checking in with people and churches who might have been affected by the evacuations in the neighborhood of Coyote Creek. On Sunday, we’ll take a special offering for the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund. In the meantime, if you know or hear of specific needs that CUMC might respond to, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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MESSAGES WORTH PONDERING
February 19th, 2017
Read the Centering Prayer – on Being Found
text: Acts 2:1-12
Sermon: ““Be found… in a community where our differences
are treasured as glimpses of beauty in the eyes of a creative God.”“
— Rev. Kathi McShane Read Sermon Listen to Sermon
February 5th, 2017
Listen to the Joyful Notes sing “The Light of God’s Love“
“Go Ye Into All the World” – Chancel Choir
text: Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon: “Our Mission: To Make Disciples…“
— Rev. Kathi McShane Read Sermon Listen to Sermon
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STATEMENTS OF FAITH
Precious Pearl ~ On November 5, 2016, Pastor Kathi McShane spoke words of comfort at the Memorial Service for Jim Gilliland… Click to read…
“Why I Am United Methodist: Because Of Love”
– a blog post by Ben Gosden
BOOKS WE’VE BEEN EXPLORING
The Tuesday and Thursday Men’s Groups are reading:
The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face
by Patrick Morley
The Man in the Mirror has established itself as a cornerstone in men’s literature since its 1989 release. Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the best-seller list eighteen times, it has helped thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them from the glass each morning and know what to do about his twenty-four most difficult problems. Written by a foremost Christian men’s leader, this powerful book invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and most important, the means to bring about lasting change.
Pastor Kathi is reading:
In the Shelter, by Padraig O’Tuama
There’s an old Irish proverb: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live”. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian, and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.
The fourth gospel tells of Jesus arriving in the room where the disciples are gathered, full of fear, on Easter Sunday. He does not chide or admonish; instead he says ‘Peace be with you’, which, in the Aramaic of his day, was simply a greeting. ‘Hello,’ he said, welcoming people locked in a room of fear to a place of deep encounter; encounter with themselves, with their fear, with each other and with the incarnate one in their midst.
Interweaving everyday stories with analysis, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, this book explores the practice of welcoming as a spiritual discipline. In particular, Pádraig tells careful stories of welcoming parts of life that are often unwelcome.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
New York Times Bestseller • For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question, What makes a life worth living?
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
The Seekers are reading:
The Active Life: Wisdom of Work, Creativity and Caring by Parker J. Palmer
Vital, down-to-earth wisdom for active people who serve others or work for social change. Drawing from the teachings of Chuang Tzu, Martin Buber, Jesus, and Julia Esquivel, Palmer presents a detailed framework for a spiritual life in the active world–for the uncelibate, unsolitary, and unsilent lives that most of us lead.
Reading during Lent 2016
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life
by Marilee Adams
In this new expanded edition of her classic international bestseller, Marilee Adams shows how the kinds of questions we ask shape our thinking and can be the root cause of many personal and organizational problems. She uses a highly instructive and entertaining story to show how to quickly recognize any undermining questions that pop into your mind—or out of your mouth—and reframe them to achieve amazingly positive and practical results. The third edition includes a new introduction and epilogue and two powerful new tools that show how Question Thinking can dramatically improve coaching and leadership.
What Did Jesus Ask?
As a teacher, Jesus Christ put many of his lessons in the form of questions. The gospels recorded some 100 others. Some are rhetorical, needing no answer, but most were real questions posed to real people. Many of Jesus’ questions are familiar to readers today, yet the context and the potential interpretations of such phrases will offer enlightenment to many.
Organized by Biblical verse, in “What Did Jesus Ask?”, more than 70 of today’s most prominent spiritual writers, religious leaders and artists offer modern meditations on the questions Jesus asks in the Bible. Their contemplations provide telling context, with both contemporary and traditional interpretations to lead readers on an exploration of their own faith and to shape their own meaningful answers.