Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Hi Friends,
 
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of "You have prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies?" It's from Psalm 23 and in a section reminding us that we should fear no evil, for God is with us. In reading a little more about it, it seems that many people interpret that to mean God would prepare a feast of blessing for us...while our enemies gaze at us from a distance.
 
I wonder if the blessing wouldn't be actually sitting at the table together and sharing a meal with our enemies. Perhaps one of the most difficult things in life is to carry hurt and pain from the past, from broken and unreconciled relationships. What would it mean to sit across a table from that person in the healing presence of Christ, to engage in authentic conversation, to give and receive understanding and forgiveness, to share a feast meant to bring reconciliation and forgiveness? I would look forward to that moment of being reconciled through Christ.

I hope that you are all continuing with The Jesus Challenge. Today we're on Day 11, and our challenge is to think about our legacy and to make steps to pivot from living a life focused on success toward living a life of significance. God can enable us to make that shift as we surrender to Christ and intentionally love our neighbors.
 
This Sunday we'll begin the third and final week of The Jesus Challenge as we consider the reality of what it means to love our enemies. I hope that you'll join us...and in the meantime, I invite you also to consider what it might mean to share a table prepared by Christ in the presence of your enemies.
You also won't want to miss time with Rev. Dr. Gary Mason (pictured above) on the weekend of September 28 and 29. On Saturday (9/28) at 3:00 pm, he will be leading a lecture and conversation titled "Creating Community in Fractured Times: Returning Civility to Civil Dialogue." Then on Sunday, he'll be preaching at all three worship services (8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am).  Dr. Mason is a Methodist Minister who holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Prior to founding a conflict transformation organization in Northern Ireland called "Rethink Conflict," he served in Belfast for 28 years during "The Troubles" and was involved in the "Northern Irish Peace Process ." In 2007, Dr. Mason was recognized by the queen, and in  2009 two of the loyalist paramilitary groupings, after almost 35 years of an armed campaign, announced the decommissioning of their weapons in a statement at Gary's church.  He has since lectured and worked with groups in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.
 
Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Sunday!
 
Grace and Peace,
Catherine