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This week we continued our Advent exploration of the unconditional. From last week's look at unconditional gifts, we looked this week at unconditional acts of mercy. We entered into the tension of all of the good done in the name of religion, and the propensity religion has to get in its own way, drawing acts of mercy into systems of mercenary economic rewards. Mic The Prophet sat in for the house band, and the Christmas party immediately followed our shorter service!
This week we had a shorter service with Mic the Prophet sitting in for the Collective house band. The sermon presented focused on the challenging passage of Matthew 25, which talks about the rewards and punishments of those who assist people in need. In a uniquely Collective way, we wrestled with the placement of an unconditional act of mercy--giving to those in need--into an economy of rewards and punishments. We considered how Jesus, when telling this parable, may have been showing that while the unconditional act of mercy is the ultimate goal, humans cannot bring this act into existence outside of an economy-based system.
Following our service, we made our way to Cafe DaVinci's for Collective's annual Ugly Sweater Party. The party was a huge success, with music from Mic the Prophet and plenty of Christmas cookies!
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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