This past weekend we took a look at the lectionary readings and connected them to the word “Real” as prescribed in Erik Willits’ book Common Time.
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35
The readings start off with 2 readings centering around David’s taking of a woman named Bathsheba. After realizing that she was pregnant while her husband Uriah was off to war David tried to scheme and think about how he could make it look like Uriah’s child and when all else failed he had the man killed on the battle field.
Oh did I mention that we also had a baptism this weekend?
So there is that where we have scripture about the fallout after a rape and murder, and then we have to talk about how we might come to the waters of baptism.
My church is all about being real. Our mission is that we are “Real people living Real lives encountering a Real and life-changing faith in Jesus Christ.” The hope is also that we are able to be real and honest with one another. We try to reach out to those who have been hurt or alienated by the church and in doing so we strive to be authentic and open. You don’t have to wear a mask at FaithPoint, and even if you do, there are people that will love you when you decide to take it off weather that be on Sunday morning, in a life group or serving in another ministry, or even in a pastoral care exchange on Facebook Messenger.
We often get off track however or imagine a different reality than the one we live. Think about someone trying on VR goggles for the first time. There are times when reality meets your virtual construction of reality and you will trip over a chair or couch in the throws of battling aliens or pretending that you are base jumping.
Before there was VR and AR (augmented reality) there was our imagination. You have seen AR in action while people try to catch invisible Pokemon on the streets of your neighborhood. Imaginatoin is still around, but you have to look a little harder to find it at times. We imagine what our first day of class is going to be like, weather you are a teacher or student. We make plans for our future, or what we think others will say when we tell them big news.
Then when that virtual reality that we have constructed meets reality there are some things that change and unexpected variables crop up. But from the lectionary readings this weekend we learned a few things about Reality. Continue reading “Ordinary Time: Real”