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Join us this Sunday, July 28, 2024, the 9th Sunday after Pentecost at 10:00 a.m. in person or on Zoom.

Our word this Sunday from our Year of Spiritual Literacy is “peace” and the text for my message will be the all too familiar story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and you are probably asking how that story could possibly be the text for a sermon on peace.  My sermon title is, “We Just Don’t Get It!” Throughout history, many attempts have been made to cover up incompetence, immorality, and even crimes. In the Bible, cover-ups appear very early. Adam and Eve sought to cover their nakedness and to hide from God, not realizing their efforts betrayed their sin and guilt. Our lesson from 2 Samuel 11 is one of the great cover-up attempts of all time, and like so many, it too fails miserably.  I believe the lesson for us depends entirely on our ability to learn from the mistakes of others, and then to act in promising and hopeful ways on the information garnered from those revelations.                                                                                                                                                                                           This was not the case with the story of David and Uriah and it reminds me of the story of the “Sorcerer's Apprentice.” It has been awhile, but as I remember the plot the sorcerer goes away, leaving his apprentice behind to do his chores. The apprentice gets the bright idea that the work would be a whole lot easier if he used his master's magical arts so he could sit back and watch other powers at work. The problem was that he didn't know how to stop what he started, and so more and more helpers came on the scene as the apprentice tried frantically to reverse the process to no avail.  One bad decision only compounded the problem when promulgated onto a pervious questionable choice.

 

We will explore a more contemporary setting by looking at our culture of guns and some of the choices that befall us today relative to guns and gun violence in our world. 

 

Hope to see you on Sunday! 

 

Pastor Ann

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