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Oct 9, 2016

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In this lively Pulpit To Pew episode, Reverend Beverly Gibson and Johnny Gwin explore how we personally, and as a community, see poverty and its complex causes and how it imprisons some of our neighbors. What is our role as Christians and citizens to be a resource to our whole community?  What does real gratitude look like? Why we should and how do we build stronger communities is an often unfair and cruel world. Join our conversation that dives deep into present-day issues and illustrates the commonly used saying "make the best of a bad situation" and why it's steeped in biblical relevance and more than a just a turn of phrase.

Click here to read Rev. Gibson's full worship notes

{Editor's note: excerpt from Rev. Gibson's worship notes}
The readings for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost all deal with how we respond to challenges and adversity. The people of Israel faced repeated exile and hardship in the course of their history. Paul was imprisoned for spreading the gospel. Jesus spent his earthly ministry among the outcast, marginalized, and diseased. The Bible is not the story of people in perfect or ideal conditions; it contains the stories of people like us, who face uncertainty and who live with difficulty and doubt. Its counsel is never despair, avoidance, or retreat. Its direction is toward the active life of faithful living.

Daily Take Away
Building lives and healthy communities, living and sharing the good news of God’s love in Christ, and practicing gratitude—this is the direction of God’s word. This is the way we are counseled to live, no matter what the challenges and circumstances around us may be.

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Weekly Readings:
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

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