I once again thank you for all of the support that was given to my friends and I throughout our time at Queen’s University last year, and I look forward to seeing my second church family once again and sharing this message with you.
Coliseum in Rome, Italy where thousands of Christians were tortured and killed as entertainment for Roman citizens.
We welcome back The Rev. Dr. Karen Bach this morning to our pulpit!!
According to theologian Sally A. Brown, Ephesians 2:11-22 represents the ‘heart of the theology of Ephesians’ and ‘is meant to shake empires. What seems like a gentle prod to Gentile and Jewish Christians to ‘get along’ with each other, is actually a highly charged and potentially treasonous claim that negates the power and privilege of the Emperors and privileged of the Roman Empire. Similarly, this word from Paul challenges Christians of today to radical acceptance of and engagement with all people regardless of their status, their origin, their faith, or any other ways in which they are different.
The Feast of Esther, painted by Lievens c. 1625
(North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh)
A step back in time 2500 years. A story about a king whose impulsiveness cost him little but cost many others dearly. And two women of dignity and integrity, acting on the courage of their convictions for the good of others.
Five years of violence in Syria continues. Millions of Syrians have had to flee their homes for other parts of the country and into other countries. All are suffering, Christians and Muslims alike. We continue to pray for peace and new beginning. And to accompany our prayers, the Session of St. Andrew’s has asked each household to consider a special offering in June to support the provision of food and temporary shelter to these refugees in the Middle East. Our support will be channelled through PWS&D and ActionByChurchesTogether (ACT – working with the Middle East Council of Churches, the International Orthodox Aid Association and World Lutheran Federation).
A member of the congregation, Martha van Allen, is offering to assist with a giant pie sale to accompany this appeal. We will be offering the pies to the community beyond the congregation, so lots of pie bakers are needed (contact Donna Delacretaz for information – all that is needed is that you can bring a certain number of pies to the church by Saturday, June 13). You can also assist by ordering a pie or two by Sunday, June 7, for pick up on Saturday June 13 – $10 for your choice of lemon meringue, cherry, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry, and apple. Sign up on the bulletin board at the church or leave a message with the Church Office 613-546-6316 or email [email protected].
While our minister serves on the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, we welcome the Rev. Dr. Karen Bach back to the pulpit of St. Andrew’s. Karen is a former ecumenical chaplain at the University of Toronto and a former director of Yonge Street Mission, Toronto. Her sermon title is ‘The Place Where I Belong’ .