At some time in our lives, all of us will experience feeling abandoned--by God, by what we thought made life worthwhile, by those we thought we loved and who loved us. As Christians focus on the stories of Holy Week, one of the most poignant images of the week is Jesus' cry of abandonment from the cross. Rather than pray for mercy, he cried out to God--in despair? Or in anger? What do we do with our emotions of abandonment?
Tomorrow’s Church: An Intergenerational Service with Rev. Rolenz, Kathy Strawser, and Sunshine Wolfe
West Shore has long been a place where we attempt to make real the values and principles we claim to believe. When we say we're committed to being an "Anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution," what does that really mean? This high energy/all ages 45-minute service will provide the framework for an all-church conversation, to be held immediately following the worship service about what a multicultural West Shore might look and feel like in the next chapter of our common church life. We'll be planning and dreaming "tomorrow's church" through story, song, and with some help from the Intergenerational Choir's anthem "There's a New Day Dawning."
While we often think of forgiveness, compassion and mercy exclusively as human traits, they are characteristics shared by our primate cousins. What can we learn from our cousins about being better human beings?
Shakespeare wrote that the "quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven." Did he mean that mercy comes easy to us? Is it a quality of being human or is it an attribute only of the divine? What does mercy mean as a quality of living day to day? Weaving through the month will be the poetry and music of one of our favorite artists, Leonard Cohen.