Nov
22
2009
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Persistent faith

Luke 18:1-8

“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”

Last week’s Kairos explored this parable, in which Jesus calls the disciples to persistent prayer. In this story, Jesus tells of a widow denied justice by a judge. She keeps going back to him, petitioning for justice. Eventually this judge gives her what she asks for. Not because he respects God or wants to do justice, but essentially to get this woman off his back. Jesus caps the story by saying the God, who loves us more than the judge cares for the widow, will be even quicker to respond to our cries for justice.

As we discussed this, several of us admitted to being uncomfortable with badgering God for what we want. One of the group expressed it well: “If I’m resting in my faith that God is supporting me all the time, then continually asking for what I want seems to mock that trust.” Someone else pointed out that the widow is seeking “justice,” not her own advantage; perhaps that is an acceptable thing to ask for.

Another question came up: Does Jesus have a deeper meaning in telling us to “pray always and not lose heart”?  What could he be pointing to? The parable’s example of asking for justice, and our discussion about asking for our needs/wants, are focused on outward circumstances, looking for God’s intervention in our external world. What would it look like if we focused Jesus’ example on our internal reality? (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: being church,gatherings,spirituality,worship |
Apr
07
2009
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Celebrate the Resurrection with us on Easter Sunday, April 12.  Service begins at 9:30 am at St. John’s cemetery at 9th and Juniper Streets, Quakertown, and continues at United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad St., Quakertown.  For information call Bob at 267.377.7192.

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Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,worship |
Apr
07
2009
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Holy Week services

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Maundy Thursday service (Quakertown) — Thursday, April 9, 7 pm

Good Friday service (Pt. Pleasant) — Friday, April 10, 7 pm

These are family services. Children are welcome to be with us, no children’s activity is provided.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,worship |
Apr
06
2009
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Palm Sunday: Missing the point

A summary of the message presented on Palm Sunday:

It’s time to celebrate!  Israel has its king!  God has heard our cries!  God is acting to free us from the terrible power of Rome!  All hail, King Jesus!

Right? (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: spirituality,worship |
Jan
22
2009
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What piano are you tied to?

This is a recap of the homily/scripture discussion from our Jan. 18 worship service.

So here we have two really interesting texts, but what do they have to do with each other? I think these texts are two aspects of the concept of “call.”  Paul speaks about it theoretically, on an almost cosmic level, in Romans. The calling of Jesus’ first disciples is the down and dirty reality – where the rubber meets the road. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: spirituality,worship |

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