Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Life, not death, no substitutes
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19, 21 (Isaiah 61:1-2))
Good News brought to the poor – liberation, healing, God’s favor – we believe this is a promise, and also an invitation to focus our realtionships, and how and where we devote our time and best energies, where Jesus focused his: with the poor.
“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.” (Isaiah 56:7-8)
God is Gathering us in Beloved Community, at the margins for table fellowship and worship, new voices, new prayers, new songs.
The past year of covid19 pandemic has been hard. Not only have we been seprarted by quarantine but many, many in our community have been sick. Some have died.
We are looking to God’s mercy to help us support each other, participate in efforts that will help our community live — including getting vaccinated — and trust that God is still gathering us to become Beloved Community in ways that are transforming us in faith, courage, hope, and love.