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Those who are not able to worship online are welcome to attend worship in the Sanctuary. Our front doors will stay open, as will windows for ventilation. Request to worship in the sanctuary

August 16, 2020
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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

Sunday Scriptures
“The time has come for us to forgive one another. If we wait any longer there will not be time enough.” - René Girard in "The Scapegoat"

Drawing: "Reconciled" by Hannah Garrity

{from the artist}
"Joseph is so selfless in this text. He forgives his brothers. He saves their lives through the next five years of famine. I wanted to portray the moment Joseph reconciles with Benjamin as they both weep on each other. Forgiveness is an act of cleansing. It allows us to move on from past frustration and anger. Here, I imagine forgiveness as water flowing over the brothers as they embrace."
 - Hannah Garrity

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...

More Anti-racism Resources...

From the Christian Reformed Church...

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