Becoming a Disciple
By Kent French
June 14, 2017 - 2:27pm
In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 10:1-23), Jesus commissions his disciples. He uses some pretty strong language. He impels them to do things like: cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, travel without money or baggage, don't suffer people who don't welcome you. It's a tall order.
My guess is that the disciples were intimidated by this charge. Who, me? I don't think I can handle that. Are you sure, Jesus? Don't you need more learned, stronger-spirited people to do that?
I keep wondering how and what Jesus would charge us to do if he were sitting around with us in the flesh today. I imagine that it would also sound like a tall order and I imagine that we, too, would also be intimidated. We might rationalize ourselves out of it. I can't do that, I have a family. I cannot do that, I don't like talking with strangers. I cannot do that, I don't walk so well. I cannot do that, my faith is not that strong.
On Sunday we will center on this passage of scripture and wonder these things together. What does it mean to be a disciple today?
Living Our Faith: Summer Worship (June 25-September 3)
This summer, we will gather again in Willett Hall for worship at 10am to share communion, to hear the Word and pray together. For the past three summers, we have enjoyed this more intimate gathering in worship. We are able to see one another better, to sing well together, to relax into worship in new ways. For this summer, we will hear from members of the congreation and people from the wider community about what it means to live our faith and put it into action in everyday situations.
Come join us. Come, taste and see.