Worship Blog: You Are God’s People. Really!

May 18 Religion Transfer

Whose people are we?  People have pointed out that the most racially segregated hour of the week in America is on Sunday mornings. Is that true?

It has also been suggested that the “Worship Hour” is also the most economically homogeneous point of the week. Churches tend to attract their own kind—economically, racially, and with regard to our theological temperament as well.

Our scriptures are full of incidents in which lines were drawn between one group of people and another. We will hear some of those scriptures today. But upon closer inspection, it may be that what at first sounds exclusive to our ears might be more inclusive than we first thought. All week long this past week we have been exploring what it means to be “Christian” in a context in which Christianity is no longer granted privileged status. And we have considered what it is like to have grown up a non-Christian in the predominantly Christian culture of the United States. This morning, we are pushing that theme a bit harder, and doing so without losing what is distinctive and specific to our lives as followers of Jesus.

Whose people are we? We are God’s people. And the good news is that doesn’t make us different from anyone else. Quite the opposite—that is the central truth that binds all of humankind together!

Scriptures Today: Acts 7:55-60   I Peter 2:2-10     John 13:31-14:8

Message: You Are God’s People. Really!

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.

  • Nice post! I find it very
    relating.

    When we were born to this world,
    there are a lot of religions waiting to preach us, as we grow older. Every
    religion serves only one purpose in life, and that is “To believe in the
    Almighty God”. But many religions made the people believed that not only by
    believing in God we will be in heaven.

    In our generation today, I saw
    people devoted to their church but not to others. I noticed people that they
    used religion as social class or status, business and they only acknowledge their
    own kind. Where is humanity in this world? We were supposed to help each other.
    As John Lennon wrote in his song “Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard
    to do, nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people
    living life in peace”. We are all God’s
    people.
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