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IN WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
"Rahab: YHWH’s Bootstrap Heroine, Jericho’s Shame, or...?"
For centuries, Christians have gave the story of Rahab this headline: “Jericho Lady of the Night Makes Good by YHWH’s Side!” More recently, from a perspective that struggles with the idea that God might endorse genocide, the summary reads: “You Won’t Believe the real History of Jericho’s Great Betrayer!” 

In our time, however, surrounded as we are with geopolitical conflicts, moral panics, and conspiracy theories, perhaps we know better than to write a headline before we ask: what do you do when God decides to destroy your city?

Join us Sunday as we ask some tough questions about our holy book, and consider the ways it’s been used to justify xenophobia, the persecution of sex workers, and holy war.



DIDN'T MAKE CHURCH LAST WEEK?
Here's Some of What You Missed
SONG: JUST AS I AM (3:13)
CHILDREN'S TIME (9:32)
SERMON: "JEZEBEL; SINFUL SEDUCTRESS OR SAVVY STATESWOMAN?" (23:43)
PRAYERS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Please Hold These Joys and Concerns in Your Prayers This Week
For Israel, Palestine, and India

For Shelley S. spending time with her family and for her loved ones becoming vaccinated

For Shawn S. and his resurgence of interest in outdoor activities and community volunteering - that he be
excited for that kind of work as a boy scout or not

For Somerville High School as they come back to in-person practices and all those involved

For Aaron O. as he begins the process in transferring to Boston College this fall

For Ilene L. as she was able to celebrate with us this past Sunday

For all the Jezebels - that we wear the badge with honor

For Rev. Wendy, Rev. Tom, and our music team as they guide our two congregations through such a different and difficult period in our lives

For everyone affected financially by COVID

For Larry B. and his wonderful performance of reading scripture this week

For Larry B.'s great-grandson's upcoming first birthday - that he and his family enjoy time together and have
safe travels

For the upcoming celebration of Pentecost - that our zoom screens are filled with red

For the honor of being exactly as God wants us to be - that He loves us regardless

For all these prayers and those that go unspoken, we pray in God's name
Amen
Sanctuary United Church of Christ 


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