After Sunday: Keeping for Ourselves

The Boston University Seminary Singers were a blessings to us all weekend long – first with the supper and concert on Saturday, and then in worship on Sunday. Their singing lifted our spirits, and their flexibility and love for fun made them perfect for their participation and leadership in our Children’s Message.

We moved from what it means to “remember” through the temptation story of Jesus and on into stewardship. Remembering is not a matter of memorizing; it is also a matter of doing. Moses feared the Israelites would forget all that God had brought them through. He cautioned them against taking credit for the blessings that awaited them in the Promised Land. When we forget from whence our blessings come – whether it is in the form of material possessions, our wealth or power, or the talent and energy we have – our gifts quickly become entitlements.

Stewardship is a way of living that remains grounded in our awareness that every gift, including the very planet we live on, is from God.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11), he didn’t let himself get swayed by single verse proof-texting from the Scriptures. Every time the devil quoted a line of Scripture, Jesus was quick to remind him that the Word of God is not one line in a scroll; rather, it is a life lived with a spirit open to God and hearts ready and willing to experience the presence of God.

That’s how Jesus lived. And that’s how we are invited to live, too.

Elizabeth Loftus – TED Talk on False Memory

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.