Worship for May 8, 2022

Those worshipping in person should bring and wear a mask during the service. Masks will be available if you do not have one when you arrive. Windows and doors will also remain open during the services for additional air circulation, so please dress warmly if it’s chilly!

An Incarcerated Incarnation

Sunday, May 8 at 11 am | Bulletin

“Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” Acts 16:26

So much disturbing news this week makes me want to scream, not pray. Or scream while I’m praying.

Certainly the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion did that to me. I think what got me is sitting through long hearings where Court nominees insisted they understood Roe v. Wade as settled law. And clearly they didn’t mean a word of it.

Certainly you can have your own ideas about abortion and women’s right to choose. I have lots of ideas, but mostly, as someone without a uterus, I’m happy to keep them to myself. But hearing my co-religionists claim that abortion is prohibited in scripture (it’s not) or that the life of an embryo or fetus matters more than the life of the mother, I just get mad.

Sunday is Mothers Day. A great day to honor our mothers, those who have mothered us, and also women who cannot or choose not to have children. And all of us who try hard to be human.

Forcing women to become mothers is not my idea of Christianity. And thinking about that reminds me of Paul. Okay, St. Paul is not the most progressive of the apostles where women are concerned. But come on Sunday and find out what lands him in jail. And what God does to get him out.

Happy human day,