Special Guest: Rev. Allyson Robinson
At 1:00 pm on the 20th of November, 2015, in Davis Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Baptist Church, the Wake Forest LGBTQ Center, and the Wake Forest Divinity School will come together for a Trans Day of Remembrance Service.
A reception will follow in the Lower Auditorium of Wingate Hall, hosted by the LGBTQ Center of Wake Forest University.
Allyson will also preach at Wake Forest Baptist Church on Sunday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.
Do you ever wonder what makes a church different from a club or a civic organization? I think what makes us different is our faith in God, our practice of spirituality, and our connection to our history. Part of understanding all of these things is our shared sacred text, the Bible.
We’ve been sharing the Narrative Lectionary for the last year, and we’ll begin again with on September 13. The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year-cycle of texts that begins in September and goes through May. From September until mid-Advent (mid-December), we study Hebrew Bible texts (Old Testament) and after Easter through Pentecost, we consider one Gospel text (this year is Mark), then we study Acts and the Epistles until May.
I found myself preparing for the suggested Narrative Lectionary series for late summer on Hebrews, and getting more and more un-excited about it. Instead I have decided to preach a series on the Bible—why we read it, the basic story of the Hebrew people, Old Testament theology, and a little on reading the Bible from other perspectives. I’m hoping that this will provide a good foundation for study this Fall.
I’m leaving some room on your bulletin this Sunday for you to take notes. Of course, that means that I’m trying to prepare something noteworthy! Please, if you have any questions about the Bible, feel free to ask…
I will see you this Sunday!
I love you, and I love being your pastor,
I’ve been contemplating contemplation lately. Seriously! I wonder, how many of you have a regular practice of prayer or meditation? On the show On Being (www.onbeing.org), Mirabai Bush, a Buddhist teacher and entrepreneur says about starting to meditate, “…little by little, I started getting really quiet and still, of course all kinds of things came up. But I really began to see that I was not my mind. I was not my body. I was those things, but I was also awareness. I began to see the basic nature of the impermanence of thoughts as they rise and fall away and I just started taking them less seriously.”
I haven’t always had a practice, mostly because it felt weird to just sit there, or to talk to God. Surely God’s got more important things to do, right? Or I didn’t remember to meditate everyday and ended up feeling guilty. Or I’d find that I was just too busy.
But I’ve begun to think of it differently now. I’ve begun to think of prayer as a means to a closer relationship with God and with others. I’ve begun to think of meditation as the starting point of ally-dom or of activism. I’ve begun to believe that meditation might change the world.
So tonight, I’m going to meditate. Not for long, maybe just 5 minutes. I’m going to make a point to say, “Hi, God. Thank you for everything.” And I’m going to breathe deeply. Join me?
I’m considering beginning a meditation group, and am wondering if anyone would like to come along. If you’re interested, let me know!
Join us this Sunday for worship. We’ll have a guest musician, Byron Grimes, a percussionist from Greensboro. Don is out of the office today–recovering from a sinus infection. Keep him (and us!) in your prayers. Newsletters will go out early next week…
I love you, and I love being your pastor.