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Pastor's Pen May 2009 -- Cheryl Pyrch Pastor's Pen May 2009 -- Cheryl Pyrch

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Chelsea Badeau · 8 years, 8 months ago
 As I sit at my desk on a beautiful April Day, I’m looking at the May preaching schedule with both excitement and trepidation.  Rather than following the lectionary, for the first three weeks I’ve promised a series on the subject of money – or, more broadly – money and possessions, poverty and wealth, giving and spending.  My excitement comes from my conviction that exploring our relationship to money and the biblical witness on it is a path of spiritual growth and challenge – as well as comfort and joy.    My trepidation comes from knowing that money is a source of anxiety, shame and confusion for all of us, especially in these tough times.  So I wonder:  will anyone come to church in May, especially when the beautiful weather beckons?  Or will we (I) set a record low for attendance.

I’m hoping an outline of my thinking will reassure you and perhaps encourage you to invite friends.  Please know that my fascination with this subject stems from the fact it’s an “area of growth” (to put it euphemistically) in my own life, so I have no intention of haranguing anyone.  I also believe that Christian teaching on money –  as diverse and contradictory as it can be – is good news that can bring us closer to God.

May 3:  “Making the World Go Round.”    Exodus:  20: 1-6; Isaiah 55: 1-3.  In our culture, money is a powerful force.  We’re both tempted and pressured to define ourselves and find meaning in life through what we earn and own.    What relationship are we called to have with everything money can buy?

May 10:  “Neither Poverty nor Riches.”   Proverbs 30: 7-9; Acts 2: 43-47.  The biblical writers celebrated the blessings of wealth, but also saw danger and suffering in having too much or too little.   In a world that’s still divided between the haves and have-nots, what vision does God have for us?

May 17:  “Our Hearts and our Treasure.”   Mark 10: 17-22; Luke 12: 22-34.  Every dollar we receive has claims upon it – to spend, to give, to save.    How can we follow Christ in the way we handle money?

After worship, I’ll invite all who are interested to pick up coffee and snacks and join me in the parlor for a conversation about the sermon.    I’m looking forward to your thoughts and questions as we explore this topic together.  

Grace and Peace,

Cheryl

P.S. I haven’t forgotten that May 10 is Mother’s Day – this month we’ll be celebrating and speaking of subjects other than money as well!

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