TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
REFLECTION by Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers
This weekend, we were joined by pastor, sociologist, and leader, Tim Conder. He invited us to consider the future of the church, specifically asking what it means for us to have power and to use it for the building of God’s kingdom and the interruption of the kingdoms of earth whenever and wherever they seek to kill and destroy.
And I wonder what it looks like for us to become that kind of a church and place where the kingdom of God–the land of life and freedom breaks forth? What might our power as a community– not by might, nor by power-over, but by the gospel of good interruption and God’s Spirit–what might that look like if it were birthed in our midst?
So this Lenten season, I’m seeking to embrace the labor pains as God serves as our midwife, coaching us into the beauty of new life.
What about you? What is God birthing in you this Lent?
Listen to Tim’s sermon online.
PRAYER. God breathe anew on us. Birth in us new hearts. Yes and Amen to all you have done and to all that will be. May we be a place of power and become the answer to the prayer you taught us: “May your kingdom come. On earth, as it is in heaven.” Amen.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.