SMN for 30 September 2020
St. Matthias Now offers news, views, reflections, interviews, and more from our faith community. Hosted by Pastor Bert Cloud.
Debates, Voting Advice, Extraordinary Communion, Resilience against fear and widespread suffering, and more good stuff from St. Matthias.
Duty to vote:
“October 6, 1774
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
― John Wesley, The Journal of John Wesley
2 My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy.3 After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4, CEB
Online Communion Starts Sunday: Here is your guide.
I shall not fear by The Brilliance (feat. Biola University Chorale, Directed by Dr. Shawna Stewart) from Suite No. 2: World Keeps Spinning, released January 10, 2020. Used with permission via Audiio.com.
Give me doubt so I can See my neighbor
See my neighbor
Give me doubt so I can
Lay all my
Weapons on the ground
When the armor of God Grows too heavy for peace, Give me doubt, give me doubt
What be my courage now? My shield from evil?
Love be my courage now, I shall not fear.
A Liturgy for A Time of Widespread Suffering by Doug McKelvey, everymomentholy.com. This is an amazing book.
Pastor Bert recommends the following books for October: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene Peterson, and Listen: Praying in a Noisy World by Rueben Job.