After Sunday for October 13

Adam Hall got me to thinking hard with his message to us Sunday morning.  With “The Avengers”  in sharp focus, Adam led us through the super hero world that results in saving the universe – at least for now.  One of the questions we were asked – I believe it was Rachel who put it to us in her “Mini-Message” – “Did you ever imagine yourself to be a ‘super hero’?  And if so, which one?”Landfill Harmonic

Adam explained that the collection of super heroes in the Marvel movie The Avengers didn’t always get along with each other, and yet the task before them was one in which success demanded they work together.  He laid it out for us – the Apostles were similar.  Heal the sick.  Release the captives.  Give sight to the blind.  And of course – Make disciples of all the nations ….  Basically, Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue the work begun in him – to save the world.  A “high calling” many would say.  “Rather egotistical,” others might note.  “Impossible!” all might agree.

But I’ve watched videos of kids whose families live on the garbage piles; someone gets the idea they can make a violin out of the trash, a cello out of an old barrel – and an orchestra is born.  “Heroes” – ordinary people called to an extraordinary task.  If you have 11 minutes and 45 seconds, this video might inspire you to re-think any definition of “hero” you might have had.  And if people who live on garbage piles can work with an orchestral conductor and do this, just imagine what we who are so privileged can accomplish – if only we put our heart and soul into it, work together, and believe in something and Someone larger than ourselves.

Adam and Rachel – thanks for the great messages this weekend.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.