We are at the end of our four-Sunday sojourn through the Lord’s Prayer with our friends at First Congregational Church. Sunday’s worship service will be held at First Congregational Church. I will be preaching and my sermon is entitled, “The Lord’s Prayer #4: Deliver Us”. The last petition is “Deliver us from evil.” Some translations say “deliver us from the evil one.” Some of us can really relate to that version. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by the devil—the ultimate evil one. Jesus was tempted with bread, religious power and finally political power. Jesus did not take the evil one up on his offer. When we pray deliver us from the evil one, remember that this one can control resources, can manipulate religion and can take political power, for a time. But we are not beholden to that one. And we declare once again that “THINE is the kingdom/kindom the power and the glory forever.” How are we beholden to the powers and principalities? How are we set free when we are delivered from the grips of the evil one(s)? How does race, gender and other kinds of privilege fit into this?
There will be a combined choir performing on Sunday. If you would like to join in, the rehearsal starts at 9am at First Congregational. It’s a one-Sunday commitment and a good opportunity to sing with our friends.
Monday: 6:30pm Grace in Contemporary Literature by Women hosted by Char Follett,
Tuesday: 5:30pm-7:30pm Sacred Harp,
Thursday: 1pm Garden Team,
Sunday: 9am Choir rehearsal at FCC
10am combined Worship Service with First Congregational at FCC,
5-7pm Sacred Harp.
Blessings and Peace,