Saturday, August 30, 2008

Meeting God Again for the First Time

Exodus 3:1-15

In the movie Evan Almighty, God appears in the form of Morgan Freeman to a newly elected Congressman named Evan Baxter. Like many politicians Evan ran on a grandiose platform. His was: “To Change the World.” God seems to have been paying attention to the campaign and asks Evan if he’s serious about his agenda. When Evan says yes, God tells him to build an ark. I won’t go into the details of the movie, but this movie, and others like it, raises an interesting question: What would you do if God appeared to you in human form and asked you to do something that seemed kind of outlandish? Like build an ark and gather the animals up – two by two.

We Americans say that we believe in God – in fact pollsters tell us that 95% of us are believers in God. But, who is this God and what does that belief mean for our daily lives?

Recent studies suggest that our view of God can be broken into four categories –A Benevolent God, an Authoritarian God, a Distant God, and a Critical God. Of course these categories overlap each other, but what this study says is that when we say we believe in God we’re not all on the same page. Our views of God have been shaped by our religious training, our cultural and ethnic background, our gender, our age, and our education. Besides that, a growing number of Americans say they’re spiritual, but not religious. In other words, they’re believers but they don’t have an institutional home.

I. THE VISIT FROM GOD

When Moses saw the burning bush, he wasn’t out looking for God. No, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s sheep after running away from trouble in Egypt. He didn’t go to check out the bush because he thought he would find God there, but because bushes don’t normally burn without being consumed by the flames. His curiosity, however, was rewarded by a visitation from God. As he drew close to the bush, a voice called out:
“Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Ex. 3:4--5, The Message)


When Moses heard this, his curiosity gave way to fear. After all, Moses wasn’t a religious person – he was a fugitive from justice. He drew back in fear, because he wasn’t used to God speaking to him, and he didn’t know what to expect.

I don’t think that Moses is that different from us. Like him, God isn’t always on our radar screens. Because God is Spirit and not flesh, we can’t see or touch God. And as they say: “out of sight, out of mind.” But Moses’ experience reminds us that there are times and places where God breaks though and becomes present with us in a tangible way.

God doesn’t appear just so Moses can have a relationship with God. No, God has a job for him. God tells Moses: I’ve heard the cries of my people in slavery, so go tell Pharaoh: "Let My People Go!" When Moses heard this, he replied: “Who, Me? I’m not eloquent enough – besides I’m a fugitive. If I go back to Egypt, they’ll kill me.” But God wouldn’t hear of it, and said: Go to the people and tell them “I Am who I am” sent me!” And he did. Moses led the people out of slavery and to the Mountain of the Lord, so that they might worship God.

II. MEETING GOD AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

When Moses asks for God’s name, Moses is asking: Who are you? And, what do you want from me? He asked the question because God really wasn’t part of his life until that moment, and Moses wanted to know who it was that was calling him to service.

Most of us here, believe in God, but do we really know who God is? We may have an idea about who God is. We pray and maybe read the Bible on occasion. We go to church and give our offerings. We may invoke God’s name to curse our enemies bless our nation. But who is this God we proclaim?

Marcus Borg is a biblical scholar who has written several insightful books, including The God We Never Knew and The Heart of Christianity. Borg has written about his spiritual journey in a way that is very helpful. He writes that the God of his childhood, the one he encountered at home and at church, was distant, dark, and judgmental. This was a God you might fear, but never love. As time went on, he grew disenchanted with this God and began to leave behind his childhood faith and drift off toward atheism. The old understandings, the ones he had grown up with, no longer made sense. He went on to seminary and graduate school, became a biblical scholar, all the while God became a distant memory.

But at some point, he began to discover another way of looking at God. As he studied the life of Jesus, he saw in the life and teachings of Jesus a vision of God that was very different from the one he inherited from his family and church. Instead of being cold, cruel, and judgmental, the God he found to be revealed in the life Jesus, was loving, compassionate, and life-giving. And as this happened, it was as if he was he was “meeting God again for the first time.”

III. THE RELEVANCE OF GOD

Borg’s journey isn’t unique. Back in the 1960s a Time Magazine cover story declared that God had died. Time reported that a group of young theologians had concluded that in this new age of political and social ferment, the God of traditional Christianity was dead, along with the God of the status quo and civil religion. And if this God was dead, then why bother with the church? It wasn’t long before young people began to leave and Mainline Protestantism began its slow decline.

That obituary for God was a bit premature, but the question remains: "Who is God?" And what does that mean for my life?

Over the years I’ve discovered, with the help of people like Marcus Borg, that how we answer that question – who is God? – will determine how we live our lives. What difference does it make if I believe that God is a Holy Warrior or a stern and distant judge, or if I believe that God is compassionate, nurturing, and gracious?

When I read the Gospels, I see in its pages a God that is revealed in the life and the teachings of Jesus. And in those pages, I see a God who cares about the suffering, lifts up the down trodden, and brings down rulers and authorities. I hear in Jesus’s words a call to love my enemies and do good to those who despise me. I see him embracing children, even though society at that time often shunned them. And when I pay attention to this witness, I too meet God as if for the first time.

This question about who God is, is an important one for us as a church. If we’re to be a missional church that embraces the call to share our story of faith with our neighbors, then it’s important that we know God intimately. By our confession of Faith, God is Creator, Redeemer, Healer, and Reconciler. Yes, God is our judge, but not in the way we usually think of a judge. God isn’t interested in punishing us, because we step over the line. No, God wants to make all things new so that we might share our lives with God. And when it comes to encountering God, it’s more likely we’ll meet God in our neighbor than in a burning bush.

Of course that puts a burden on us, because when our neighbor wonders about God, they will see in our lives and in our words the true nature of the God we worship and serve. If we declare Holy War in the name of God or make ourselves judges, then that is the God our neighbor will see. If, on the other hand, we befriend the friendless, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the home bound and the hospitalized, then that’s the God our neighbor will encounter instead.

Moses, says: Who should I say is sending me? And God says: “I am who I am.” The question that stands before us is this: who is the God we proclaim? Marcus Borg suggests that there are two very different alternatives: the “God of requirements and rewards” and the “God of love and justice” (Borg, Heart of Christianity, 75). He goes on to say that whichever one we choose, will likely determine how we live with each other. As I ponder this question, I look to Jesus, and in him I believe I see the presence of the God of love and justice, and I pray that I might live accordingly, as one who seeks to follow Jesus.


Preached by:
Rev. Dr. Robert D. Cornwall
Pastor, Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Troy, MI
16th Sunday after Pentecost
August 31, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Life's Most Important Things

Luke 10:38-42

Michael Phelps won 8 Olympic Gold Medals last week. That’s a pretty amazing fete. It took a lot of hard work and determination to reach that level of success, and he’ll be well rewarded for his efforts. Of course there have been a lot of other athletes who have devoted long hours and hard work to their efforts but came up short. Consider for a moment the hurdler Lolo Jones. She’s the best in the world, and she had the lead with just two more hurdles to cross.

Unfortunately she hit the ninth hurdle, lost her balance, and stumbled across the line out of the medals. She’d worked hard too, but her reward will be different. In the Olympics there are far more stories about falling short than winning gold, but whatever the case, the basic story is one of commitment and dedication to the important things in life.

Speaking of important things – Last weekend Cheryl and I finally got to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. We were thinking about Hawaii, but ended up in Frankenmuth for the weekend. Marriage might not be an Olympic sport, but being married for 25 years or 50 years takes quite a bit of dedication and hard work. And sometimes it doesn’t work out the way we hope.

So, what is most important to you? What are you willing to dedicate your life to? Is it family, a job, success, friendships?

1. The Seeming Priority of the Mundane

One day Jesus came to town and knocked on the door of a woman named Martha. In good Middle Eastern fashion, she invited him and his companions in for a meal. She did this because hospitality was and is a central cultural value in that part of the world. If strangers knock at the door, you can’t turn them away. But, as everyone knows, entertaining guests can be stressful, especially when they show up unannounced.

On this day, Martha didn’t have time to clean the house, go shopping, or even prepare the meal ahead of time. Jesus just showed up – with his entourage. But like a good host, she was determined to do the best she could to set out a good table. And so off she went, working feverishly to get the job done. The only problem was that she assumed that her sister Mary would be there to help her out with the meal. But when she looked around the kitchen, Mary was nowhere to be found. When she finally found her sister, she was surprised to find Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him talk.

Now, in the first century, sitting at the feet of the master was a mark of discipleship. But Mary was a woman, and a woman’s place was in the kitchen! Obviously, Martha knew her place, but Mary didn’t. This angered Martha, but as Jesus pointed out, Mary had heard the call to discipleship and had taken up her place among Jesus’ followers. This wasn’t normal – that is, back then women didn’t normally participate in theological discussions. But when Jesus was around, things changed – including priorities!

2. The More Urgent Priority of the Call to Discipleship

When Martha angrily challenged Mary, Jesus responded by commending Mary for her choice. He didn’t dismiss Martha’s act of hospitality, but he wanted Martha to know that as gracious as her hospitality was, Mary still chose the most important thing. The meal could wait, but the teacher’s words couldn’t. I think he also wanted Martha to understand that cultural barriers cannot keep the faithful from service in the kingdom of God. And so, Jesus said to his friend:
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."
Yes, there’s a time and a place for everything, just as the Preacher in Ecclesiastes suggests (Eccles. 3:1ff). There is a time for acts of hospitality, but ultimately the greatest act of hospitality is sitting attentively at the Master’s feet!

3. Finding the Proper Rhythm

Life is full of choices and we must prioritize our opportunities. In many ways, life is a bit like a piece of jazz music. Each piece has its own sense of rhythm, and we must discover that rhythm to enjoy it. And when we do, there is great bliss.

And so there’s a time and a place for everything – a time for hospitality and a time for listening, a time for doing and a time for being. In this story, Jesus commends the one who took time out to listen. But, in the story of the Good Samaritan, hospitality has priority over traditional religious duties. In many ways, for the Samaritan, hospitality was an act of discipleship.

When we read the story of Mary and Martha together with the parable of the Good Samaritan, we discover that following Jesus is a very complex thing. As Fred Craddock has said:

“Both the Samaritan and Mary are examples, and both are to be emulated. The burden lies in discerning when to do the one and when to do the other. The Christian life involves, among other things, a sense of timing."1

So, as we think about our priorities as individuals and as a congregation, we need to find that sense of rhythm. That’s because more often than not, we’ll be forced to choose not between good and bad, but between two very important opportunities. Making such a choice can be difficult and even stressful, but if we can learn to listen for God’s still small voice, then we’ll begin to feel the rhythm and find the balance, and we’ll know what to do at that moment in time. Indeed, there’s a time to pray and a time to take care of a homeless person. There’s a time to worship and a time to learn about the ways of God. So, once again the question is asked: What is most important?

Several years ago, when Dick Hamm was still General Minister, he shared his vision for the Disciples as we moved into the 21st century. He called it the “20/20 Vision.”2 And, in this vision, he outlined three priorities: True community, a deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice. He said that if churches are going to experience renewal, they must incorporate all three priorities. That’s because they are for us the most important things. Whatever we do in our worship, in our study, and in our service must be guided by these principles. In them we find our sense of balance and rhythm. And so, together we will seek to live out these priorities and values as followers of Jesus. With that, I once again ask: What is most important to you? And for this congregation?


1. Fred Craddock, Preaching through the Christian Year, C, (TPI, 1993), 345.
2. Richard Hamm, 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), (Chalice Press, 2001).


Preached by:
Rev. Dr. Robert D. Cornwall
Pastor, Central Woodward Christian Church
Troy, MI
15th Sunday after Pentecost
August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Disciples Set Free

John 8:31-36

Years ago I attended a national Disciples Seminarian’s conference. During one of the sessions, a Disciple seminarian from Harvard told us that there weren’t a lot of Disciples in New England. In fact, most people in that part of the country thought the Disciples must be some kind of exotic cult. It’s true, Jim Jones was a Disciple, but I’ve never thought of the Disciples as either exotic or cultic.

Whatever I might think, it’s quite possible that there are a lot of people who don’t know who the Disciples are. That is
as true in Michigan as it is in New England. In fact, it’s quite possible that there those here this morning, who aren’t sure what the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) stands for!

Now, I’m not a lifelong Disciple. I’ve spent quite of bit of my life in other branches of the Christian community, but I’ve become a committed Disciple! And it’s not because the Disciples let you believe whatever you want. I’m a Disciple because of what this movement holds dear. I am attracted to the core values of this tradition, values that include a commitment to Christian unity, to the New Testament’s witness to Jesus, and a commitment to freedom, that allows the individual to interpret and apply the Scriptures to their own lives.

I. A COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN UNITY

We’re not the only denomination to value unity, but a commitment to Christian unity is deeply rooted in the Disciple DNA, and in the DNA of this congregation. There was a pastor of this church by the name of Edgar DeWitt Jones, who as many of you know, served as President of the Federal Council of Churches. I know this because Mary Lu asked me during the first interview if I’d heard of Dr. Jones. Fortunately I had, but I did need to look him up in the Stone-Campbell Encyclopedia, and there I discovered his deep commitment to this cause. It was this commitment to Christian unity that drew me to the Disciples. As you know from reading my biography, I’ve been everything from Episcopalian to Pentecostal, and so I was looking for a church that would affirm my own journey of faith.

The Disciple commitment to unity is rooted in the Founders experiences of Christianity on the American frontier in the early years of the 19th century. It was a time when most Christians not only believed their brand of Christianity was the only acceptable one, but they would fight and call each other names that would make modern politicians blush. In that context the Campbells and Barton Stone asked the question: If we claim to follow Jesus and affirm the Bible, how come we’re so divided? Why can’t we just get along?

Thomas Campbell called the divisions among Christians a “horrid evil” and “anti-Christian.” Barton Stone declared that unity should be our polar star. That sense of calling has fueled the Disciple movement to this day, even if we’ve had our share of divisions. At this very moment the head of the National Council of Churches, Michael Kinnaman, is a Disciple, as is the head of Christian Churches Together – Dick Hamm. Indeed, we’ve been involved in every ecumenical venture of the last century.

Unfortunately we sometimes think that unity equals uniformity, but that’s not true. We can be of one mind in Christ without agreeing with each other on every issue! But if we keep our focus on our polar star and keep working on the task of unity, then we’ll be true to our calling as Disciples. And just for good measure, next Sunday Sara Barton will be back in the pulpit preaching on Psalm 133. That text says: “ How good and pleasant it is, when kindred live together in unity” (Ps. 133:1). Indeed!

II. A NEW TESTAMENT WITNESS TO JESUS CHRIST

If unity is our polar star, then the question remains – on what basis do we unite? Our founders believed that when we get hung up on boundary issues – that is rules, regulations, and doctrines we will divide. But if we focus on the New Testament witness to Jesus, then we will find unity. This hasn’t proven to be easy, but they came to believe that the gospel could be summarized in the good confession of Peter: : “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” If that was good enough for Jesus, then surely it’s good enough for us!

In John 8, we hear Jesus say to us: “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn. 8:32). We as Disciples have always believed that this liberating truth is to be found in Jesus. This is a simple message, but it’s not simplistic. What it says to us is that if we focus on the center then the boundaries take care of themselves.

III. FREEDOM

We have been called to unite around a common confession that Jesus is the messiah and Son of the Living God, but our Founders believed that this faith can’t be coerced. It has to be freely chosen, and so they embraced the ideal of liberty. It’s no coincidence that this movement was born on the American frontier just decades after the founding of this nation. Freedom was in the air, and it influenced the churches just like everything else. Freed from government restrictions and interference, all kinds of churches sprung up on the Frontier. Competition was the order of day, and in some ways spiritual anarchy ruled the day! In the midst of this apparent chaos the Disciples movement was born.

The Founders came to believe that it was essential that people be given freedom to read, interpret, and apply scripture for themselves. So, they got rid of their creeds and religious hierarchies, and they let the people seek after God. And you know what, this movement boomed. It worked because people were hungry for an opportunity to think for themselves about the things of God. Yes, it could be messy at times, but the results were powerful. Unfortunately many Christians decided that it was easier to let someone else do the thinking, and so today many Christians have chosen to abdicate their responsibility to do this important work. Even in the church a majority of the people are biblically illiterate, even though they often claim that they believe in the Bible.

If we take hold of this principle, then we have a gift to offer the church and the world. The question is: what does it mean for us to embrace the principle of liberty?

A number of years ago Ronald Osborne, a noted Disciple historian and church leader, wrote a book entitled: Experiment in Liberty (Bethany Press, 1978). And in this book he named the four freedoms that define who we are as a people:

1. You have the Freedom to Respond to the Gospel.

God hasn’t chosen your fate. You have a choice in the matter, and so you get to say yes or no to God.

2. You are free from creedalism.

Even as you say yes or no to God, you don’t have to say yes or no to any creed or statement of faith. There are no tests of fellowship, except that you accept the gospel witness to Jesus, which is the truth that sets you free.

3. You are free from ignorance and superstition.

The Disciples have been called a rationalist sect, and that’s because we have always valued the mind. Indeed, you can’t read scripture responsibly if you don’t use your mind. And so our Founders started schools and colleges, not just to train preachers, but to educate anyone and everyone. Alexander Campbell taught people to read the bible just like you read any other book, and he encouraged his followers to learn from modern science, history, and linguistics. It’s okay to be emotional and to trust. Just remember: you can’t be free if you don’t think for yourself.

4. You are free from the Law of Sin and Death.

If you are in Jesus, you don’t have to fear death anymore. Your past doesn’t determine your future, because you’re not programmed to sin. Sin is a choice not a curse, and Christ frees you from bondage to sin so that you can start life anew. Freedom is wonderful, but just remember it can be dangerous and even chaotic.

There’s an old saying in the Disciples: We’re not the only Christians, just Christians only. As a body within the greater body of Christ we have a special gift to bring to the world. We may not be a creedal people, but we do have strong core values that define who we are as a people. Those values include our commitment to unity, to the witness of the New Testament to Jesus, and a commitment to freedom. These are values worth celebrating and embodying!



Preached by:
Rev. Dr. Robert Cornwall
Pastor, Central Woodward Christian Church
Troy, Michigan
13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Becoming a Missional People

Matthew 28:16-20

I know that not everyone here is a Simpson’s fan, but I am! I’ve come to love this TV family, especially the father – Homer Simpson. Homer is the proverbial couch potato, who’s content with his lot in life, and while he goes to church, he doesn’t take it too seriously. In fact, he’s more at home in front of the TV than anywhere else. You could say that he’s more of an observer of life than an active participant. And if you think about it, there’s something attractive about that lifestyle – just kicking back and letting life come to you. But, while Homer’s lifestyle seems attractive, is it a truly Christian one?

This congregation has been asking the question – for some time: What does it mean to be a missional congregation? You were exploring this idea even before I got here, but now it’s time to really get serious about not only the discussion but taking active steps to become such a congregation, that is, if this is what God would have us do.

Although I don’t think that Homer Simpson would feel all that comfortable in a truly missional congregation, especially if what it means to be mission is defined at all by those active verbs in Matthew 28, perhaps even he might feel the nudge of the Spirit and embrace Jesus’ call to do these five things: Go, Make, Baptize, Teach, and Remember.

As we explore these five words, there is another text that we need to keep in mind. In Luke 10 we see Jesus sending out the 70 in pairs. Their job is to prepare the way for his own later visits to those communities. What’s important to note here is that he tells them not to take any baggage and that they should go into neighborhoods and live among and listen to the stories of the inhabitants. They go as strangers, but they stay as family. What this Lukan passage, which Alan Roxburgh thinks is central to understanding what it means to be missional, does is remind us that the place for doing missional ministry is our neighborhood. Yes, there are those who are called to go to the ends of the earth as missionaries, but in Luke we discover that we’re called to be missionaries in the very community in which we live and work.

1. Go

But, getting back to Matthew, the first word we hear the risen Christ say to his disciples is “go.” He tells them to leave behind the safety of their church walls and enter the world as his agents of reconciliation. In another place Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel, but instead, we’re to bring it out where the world can see it (Mt:14-16).

This idea of going into the world isn’t that new, but the idea of being a missional church is rooted in the life and work of Lesslie Newbigin. Newbigin spent most of his life ministering in South India, but when he returned to his home in England, he discovered that the country that sent him on his missionary journey had become secular and that the church was not only ineffective in this new environment, but it was hiding behind its walls. In other words, it had lost it’s sense of its purpose and mission. Our nation is pretty well churched, but I think it’s safe to say that the church is making little impact on our culture. And so we hear in Newbigin’s work, a call to engage the world with the gospel. And this engagement starts in our own back yard. So, when we hear this word “go,” we hear Jesus saying to us: Go into the neighborhood and live among the people in such a way that you can hear their voices and they can hear the message of hope, of healing, and of justice. (See Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret, Revised Edition, Eerdmans, 1995.)


2. Make/Create (Disciples)

As we inhabit our neighborhoods many of us will have the opportunity to live out the second verb – that is the call to make disciples. This step may take some time to bear fruit, but as we live out our faith with our neighbors and share our lives with them, there will be opportunities to invite them to become disciples of Jesus – which is different from inviting them to become church members. And as we share our faith with our neighbors there will be those who would want to experience the life changing presence of God that is found in Jesus. Of course, this missional work must be authentic, non-coercive, gracious, and loving.

3. Baptize.

The verb that follows making disciples involves some water. Because Baptism marks us as God’s children, when we make disciples, we’re called to baptize them into Christ and Christ’s body – the community of faith. I’ve been asked many times whether one must join a church to be a Christian. I always try to answer that question by reminding my questioner that the Christian faith is always lived best in the company of others. Therefore, baptism marks the point at which we enter the community of faith and become part of the body of Christ. It’s also important to remember that baptism marks us with the Holy Spirit, which gifts us and empowers us to share in God’s mission of redemption and transformation.

4. Teach

As we live missionally in our neighborhoods, listening to their voices, inviting them to share in the life of faith through baptism, we’re also called upon to teach them the things of faith, to pass on to them the teachings of Jesus and his disciples – teachings about reconciliation, healing, and transformation. We do this because it’s in the life and in the words of Jesus that we will find our way toward a life of justice, of peace, of grace, and of love.

This command reminds us that being missional involves both deeds and words. Both are essential, because what we do incarnates or gives flesh to what we believe and teach. The point of teaching is to help others understand the faith so that they too might live its precepts. Although the Disciples tradition doesn’t have a creed, we do have the scriptures, and in them we find words that define how we might live before God and with each other.

5. Remember

There is actually one more verb and one more task left for us to complete. Jesus tells us to remember something. He wants us to know that we don’t go out on this adventure alone. In telling them that he’ll be with them even to the ends of the earth, he lets us know that he’ll be with us, no matter where we go, whether that’s to Outer Mongolia or the east side of Troy, Michigan.

In a moment we’ll have an opportunity to remember this presence when we gather at the Lord’s Table. As we hear the words: “Do this in Remembrance of Me,” we’ll be reminded that the one who died on the cross continues to walk with us by the Spirit. And if baptism brings us into the community of faith, then the Lord’s Supper will nourish this missional faith even as we continue our journey of faith.

In the coming weeks and months we’ll be exploring what it means to be missional. We’ll be talking about our neighborhood – who lives here, what their needs and desires might be. In time we’ll start to go out into the neighborhood so we can listen further to their voices. And in order to do this effectively we’ll be making use of a wonderful tool – a book called Unbinding the Heart. This book, which is written by Martha Grace Reese, is a follow up to a book many of you are already reading – Unbinding the Gospel. These books teach us how to share our faith with our neighbors in a way that is appropriate to our experience and traditions.

Being missional involves sharing our faith verbally, but it also involves working to transform our community. That might involve efforts at feeding the hungry – like SOS. It might involve putting together school supply packets or maybe building a home for someone in need of a home. It could also involve being an advocate for justice and pe.ace in our world. What and how we do this will depend in on the gifts and callings that are present in this congregation. Each of us has different gifts and callings, and so each of us will play a different role in this work of God in our neighborhood.

Last week I invited you to join me in prayer of discernment for our way forward. Today, I’m going to invite you once again to join me a prayer of discernment, but this time I want to make this prayer a bit more specific. I’d like us to pray about what it means to be a missional congregation that is living and ministering in the neighborhood in and around Troy, Michigan.


Preached by:
Rev. Dr. Robert D. Cornwall
Pastor, Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Troy, Michigan
11th Sunday after Pentecost
August 3, 2008