In Preparation for Meeting: May 20, 2012

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You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.

2012 Scholar in Residence Dr. David Johns will take to the pulpit this week in his final Sunday with Reedwood Friends. Dr. Johns, an associate professor at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, has been teaching Center for Christian Studies (CCS) courses for the past five weeks and his final course will be Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30pm.

David will be sharing a message from Ephesians chapter two, verses eleven through twenty-two entitled Border Crossings. The text reads:

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. [NRSV, source: bible.oremus.org]

Below are some queries prepared by Dr. Johns to help prepare our hearts and minds for worship:

1: If I were to love like Jesus, what barriers in society would I need to cross?

2: Does my faith bring me closer to people who are poor, sick, hungry, and in prison…or does it separate me from them?

3: Do I draw borders around God that make God more like me than me like God?

Meeting for Worship begins at 9:30am.

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