Questions for Pondering — october 22, 2017
Pastor kikanza nuri-robins
Sermon Title: a community of welcome
Sermon Text: luke 19:1-10
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
20th Sunday after Pentecost
This Sunday Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins returns to lead us on how we can be allies as we fight against biases and work to create a community that welcomes everyone. She will preach the sermon and then will lead the Community Forum. There will be small brunch following the service and you may bring your food to the forum in the white classroom.
Thoughts to Ponder:
In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see.
– Elie Wiesel (b. 1928)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead