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July 12, 2020
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship 10:00 AM
(begins at 10 AM or shortly thereafter)

Painting: "Gripping" by Lisle Gwynn Garrity
"Jacob enters the world gripping for power, reaching for what he believes he is entitled to receive. Different colors surround each of the children, marking their barrier in Rebekah's womb. Jacob's hand becomes our own, forcing us to confront the ways in which we, too, grip for power, control, and entitlement. Gold dances along the boundary between Jacob and Esau, representing how God will work through their discord to create more diversity among the nations."

The Struggle is Real

    In the Abrahamic saga, generation after generation, God chooses the later-borns. But in this saga, the first-borns "agree" to lose. They lose in power and in blessing. Unlike Possessive Cain, they step aside. By doing this, by stepping back, they make it possible for the conflicts to be reconciled. 
- Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Brothers Reconciled

Sunday Scriptures

Stand against injustice and with the wronged

We believe….that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people...that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream...that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged     that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.   
(from The Belhar Confession)

To bear witness to the gospel of Christ is why we exist as a church. We have been reminded over these last months that the church is not a building but rather the people of God set apart by the Holy Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ. As our country is embroiled in a fight for its very soul, we are reminded that our mission will not be found in the buildings to which we are returning.  Our Reformed tradition has had to reckon with its own complicity in supporting racial injustice in South Africa, so I believe we are doubly obligated to work for racial justice in our own country and time.  Below are some online resources and we encourage you to share these with your congregations.

In Christ,
Rev. Bill Borror
President of Classis

From the Reformed Church in America...

Anti-racism Resources for White People...

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From the Christian Reformed Church...

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