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Today a member of our congregation, David Joseph spoke about the modern church’s tendency away from the political charge of the Palm Sunday message. In the gospel it is indicated that Jesus’ arrival was planned in advance to coincide with the arrival of Roman emissaries. Jesus humbly arriving on a donkey is contrasted with the panoply of Roman entourage entering the other side of the town. The peasant procession uses symbolism from the Jewish tradition of the King of Peace, who would have been taken as riding into the city to banish the ruling empire non-violently.
This week we'll explore sloth on the continuum of work and rest, both of which can be overdone and underdone; both of which, when engaged in healthy rhythms, can be virtuous; and both of which, when taken to extremes, can be vices. At some point saying "Just work harder", fails to address the desires and hangups that lie behind our expressions of sloth. It's whats going on behind it that we're interested in.
In our culture we tend to glorify violence and redemption through revenge in popular media, while simultaneously being expected to subdue or not even feel anger; to bottle it up, and medicate ourselves with self-help, religion, or substance. However, anger is a necessary human emotion that makes up a part of who we are. By ignoring this emotion we may turn to wrath to express ourselves. It becomes an unhealthy expression of this anger; holding onto it, hurting ourselves and others rather than choosing to resolve it.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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