God, in his birthing of the church at this first Pentecost event, did not erase our differences. What I believe in my entire being, is that god invites us to celebrate what makes us so unique and amazingly different.
Being different is something that we do not need to ever fix. God joins us in the midst of our human messiness and continues to light a path for the prophets to lead the church. Today, that is you and that is me.
Deacon Christine P. Connell
Chief Executive Officer
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
The Latin term Incurvatus in se means “to turn or curve inward on onesself.” Martin Luther explained this state in his Lectures on Romans:
“Our nature, by the corruption of the first sin, [being] so deeply curved in on itself that it not only bends the best gifts of God towards itself and enjoys them (as is plain in the works – righteous and hypocrites), or rather even uses God himself in order to attain these gifts, but it also fails to realize that it so wickedly, curvedly, and viciously seeks all things, even God, for its own sake.”
How can we uncurve our hearts and open our arms to others?
Charles Boyle and Jake Peralta are partners and best friends on the sitcom, Brooklyn Nine Nine. They always have each other’s backs, and this is especially true when Charles needs a Captain Latvia doll for his son for Christmas.
Pastor Kate explores their relationship and the connection to Jesus’ promise to the disciples to ask God the Father to send another Advocate to be with them forever.
We invite you to join us this Sunday.