Rev. Judy Zabel
Tenacious Solidarity: Resisting Fear
This week we begin a new sermon series. The title is borrowed from a book by the same title written by Walter Bruggemann. It is a good read. Bruggemann is masterful in weaving biblical texts with issues of our day. He asks us to confront difficult questions within ourselves as individuals but also of those who seek to live in beloved community with others. I commend the book to you. We will not be preaching directly from Bruggemann. We will delve into scripture texts to explore the themes of fear, immigration, climate change and race relations. We will ask lots of questions of the scripture texts AND we will ask questions of each other. What does it mean to be in tenacious solidarity as we confront fear, immigration, climate change, and racism? We will not all agree about any of these things but will we find a tenacious solidarity in our willingness to have the conversations together? I hope so. Our witness in the world depends on our willingness to engage with the world around us in meaningful ways.
This week, we will explore fear. Herod was full of fear. He sent the wise men to Bethlehem on a deadly mission. They were supposed to come back to Herod with information about where the new king could be found. They chose to go home another way. What can we learn from them? What gave them the courage to resist?
Bring a friend with you to worship this week. 2020 is going to be a great year!