On this day, the Canadian men's hockey team at the Olympics won gold and made a community of cheerer out of the nation. Last Thursday the Canadian women's team did the same. Neighbours can be made of complete strangers under such circumstances. How does this happen, Lev 19: 1-2, 9-18 gives the spiritual fabrics to how to make such community out of those who might be strangers and in Christ we too become a community with all creation.
This sermon was based on the passage from 1 Cor 3: 1-9. Within it is one of my favourite pieces of scripture - 'I planted, Apollos watered, but God does the growing'. Before this Paul does a bit of shaming calling out the Corinthians faith as childish or not ready for solid food, because they are quarreling and jealousy. Too often this is the case in the church. We pretend we're grown up churches and people get burned by shameful behaviour found within. What's the answer? What if we all declared that we're grown up churches at all and instead declared we need God's love present to continue helping teach and guide and be there for us as we grow. Paul Left the Corinthians to head for Ephesus but they weren't alone... they weren't without God. We too aren't without God in the maturing process of our lives of faith either!
In this iconic passage from Micah 6: 1-8 God simply tells us what is required of us. It's so easy to turn from God and not know that what is asked is so simple. In moments of hurt we communicate so poorly which makes furthering our relationship with God more difficult... there are others who makes things more difficult all because of hurt, and their names are vampires, and we shouldn't be like them.
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